Lilacs are one of the first flowers of spring and have always had a strong association with love and romance throughout history. The lilac is the official flower of a couple’s 8th wedding anniversary.
Lilacs have a deep rooted history originating in ancient Greek mythology. Pan, the god of forests and fields was hopelessly in love with a nymph named Syringa. One day he was pursuing her through a forest and, afraid of his advances, she turned herself into a lilac shrub to disguise herself. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa, but he did find the shrub. Because a lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first pan pipe.
The Celtics regarded the lilac as “magical” due to their incredibly intoxicating fragrance, during the Victorian age, the giving of a lilac was meant to be a reminder of an old love and in Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over the newborn would bring wisdom.
Due to their pleasant fragrance, lilacs have become a popular ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics. When used as an essential oil, they have been known to treat skin disorders, combat bacterial and fungal infections, prevent stomach disorders, and act as a fever reducer. In aromatherapy, lilacs can help fight depression and increase relaxation.
Lilacs have one of the shortest bloom times and only flower for three weeks at the beginning of spring. They won’t be available for much longer, be sure to come by this week to enjoy their beauty and fragrance while you can.
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For me, February is truly the month of new beginnings. In January, we are settling into the year after the post-Christmas rush, and trying (really hard!) to stick to those new year resolutions. Then February comes around and we feel we can really get kick started with the year ahead. For those of you luckily enough to be born in this wonderful month, as the spring flowers begin to bloom, your birth flower is the violet.
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