Captivating flowers signify spring, summer, sunshine, and romance. There was a time when people spoke with flowers. If someone presented another a flower or a bouquet, they were communicating a message, a love note, or perhaps a dispatch not so positive. Today flowers still hold meaning, a breath of fresh air or a gift to brighten a gloomy moment, but I am fairly sure there are few people whom actually converse through them.
Many a medicinal plant includes the flower as part used. The white or yellow Chrysanthemum is one and its linguistic meaning is cheerfulness and optimism. My mentor, an acupuncturist and herbalist gave me a small sample of dried chrysanthemum flowers.
In Japan, chrysanthemum tea is a staple and considered to impart longevity and rejuvenation. I thought these flowers would go beautifully in a light and crisp sugar cookie. My son, who rarely relishes what I bake with herbs, admitted that these cookies, also grain free, tasted good and I saw him eating them all on his own. For me, that translates to cheerfulness. And optimism, to faith in myself and my herbal baking. So maybe these delicate flowers were speaking to me from their little container on my counter. I am glad to listen.
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