Make Mirrors Out of Fresh Flowers

Make Mirrors Out of Fresh Flowers
When you order an online delivery of flowers or someone sends flowers to you from an online florist, you might be looking for creative ways to use those flowers. Sure, you can always place them on your desk or table to serve as decorations, but there’s also more creative and innovative things you can do with them as well. For instance, you can use the online delivery of flowers you received to make fresh flower mirrors that are lovely and add a little something special to your day.

First, create a circle from heavy duty floral wire. Make the circle as big or small as your want your mirror to be. Then, cut the stems of the flowers you received from the online florist. Cut them at a diagonal down to 3 or 4 inches, and group them in bunches tied with floral tape. Next, arrange the bunches of flowers on the floral wire and attach them with the floral tape. There’s no right or wrong way to arrange the flowers. Just make sure that you tape them tightly so that they don’t droop or fall from the wire.

Once you’ve got the frame filled with flowers, then you can attach the mirror to it. It’s best to use a flat sheet or mirror with no frame on it. Use binder clips to attach the mirror to the flower frame, clipping the clips on the frame underneath the flowers so that you can’t see them. Space the clips approximately 4 to 5 inches apart so that the frame is securely clipped to the mirror. Once you’re done, fluff and rearrange any flowers that become skewed a bit during the clipping process, and then you’re ready to hang your fresh flower mirror.

No matter whether you’re sending flowers to India or you’re the lucky recipient of an online flower delivery, there’s plenty of creative ways to put your blossoms to use. This same tutorial could be used to create fresh flower photo frames. Just substitute the mirror for a photo frame.

Health Benefits of Flowers

The Health Benefits of Flowers

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Flowers have been used as potent remedies for thousands of years. Flowers don’t just lift our spirits by their beauty and aroma, they have also been used as potent remedies for thousands of years. They contain the medical secrets for everything from broken ones to heart failure.

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DIY tests may be less than helpful. According to the NICE report, growing levels of misdiagnosis has, in part, been fuelled by use of home test kits now widely available on the internet and high street, as well as by complementary therapists offering a range of different tests.
Scientists are increasingly looking back to old wives’ tales for their hidden health benefits – returning to forests, marshes and meadows in search of new drugs from flowers and herbs.

‘Nature is an incredible chemist,’ says Professor Simmonds. ‘My work at Kew currently involves looking at what is sometimes called herbal healing, or old wives’ tales, but has delivered a range of powerful therapies over the centuries – from digitalis derived from foxglove, to aspirin from willow and meadowsweet.’

For many generations herbs and flowers were used as medicines through necessity, as the nearest hospital was several miles away. Knowledge of their medicinal uses was passed down by word of mouth from parent to child.

Today, flowers are still important in herbal medicine and complementary therapies like the Bach flower therapy, Jan de Vries flower remedy, homeopathy and aromatherapy.

Bach flower preparations

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Around 60 to 70 per cent of patients show signs of improvement after taking the preparations for several weeks.
In the 1930s Dr Edward Bach gave up his Harley Street practice and began experimenting with preparations made with the essences of flowers. He believed that every flower had a vibrational pattern of healing energy and could dissolve negative emotions.

Dr Bach’s philosophy is still followed by Liliana Bellini at the Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy, London, who mixes individual cocktails of distilled flowers to suit her patients’ problems.
‘Around 60 to 70 per cent of patients show signs of improvement after taking the preparations for several weeks,’ she says. ‘The Bach flower remedies also help to centre and balance me – the flowers work by vibrating with negative emotions, like rage, self doubt and fear, thus dissolving them.’
There are certain key flowers for the Bach remedy. ‘Important ones are walnut flowers, used to treat nervousness, clematis, given to increase concentration, star of Bethlehem which lessens shock, larch to build confidence, cherry plum to calm fear and white chestnut which encourages a positive outlook,’ adds Bellini.

Dr Sarah Brewer also believes in the restorative effects of flowers, often taking the Bach Rescue Remedy – a mixture of rock rose, clematis, impatiens, star of Bethlehem and cherry plum, dissolved in a brandy-type alcohol. ‘A few drops placed on the tongue helps deal with nervousness and anxiety,’ she says.

Homeopaths, meanwhile, give diluted essences of flowers like arnica, pulsatilla, aconite and calendula in an oral solution to deal with emotional problems.
In contrast, aromatherapy involves flower essences dissolved in oil and applied externally, to calm or stimulate the mind and body. ‘In aromatherapy you use certain flowers externally to stimulate certain functions in the body,’ says Liliana Bellini.

Another complementary therapy is the Jan de Vries flower remedy – available from chemists – which is thought to reduce symptoms such as anxiety. So, which flowers have curative properties?

Foxglove (digitalis purpurea)

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Foxglove was mentioned as a useful treatment for cardiovascular problems as early as the 17th century. ‘Foxglove was mentioned as a useful treatment for cardiovascular problems as early as the 17th century, in ‘Complete herbal’, Nicholas Culpepper’s comprehensive guide to herbal medicine.It is still used by doctors and paramedics to treat cardiac problems – atrial fibrillation and heart failure.’ Digitalis is very powerful and should only be used on prescription.

Lily of the valley

The ancient Greeks used lily of the valley to treat heart conditions and dropsy. Later the Elizabethan physician John Gerard buried phials of the white flowers in ants’ nests and applied them to gouty feet.

During the First World War it was used to help soldiers recover from the effects of gas poisoning. Lily of the valley can also provide a similar – although milder – drug to digitalis, which is used as a heart stimulant and a diuretic.

Rose

Rosehips have many uses. During the Second World War they were gathered and turned into rosehip syrup, a healthy tonic owing to its high level of vitamin C.

They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are useful for relieving joint pain.

The syrup has also been given to patients to treat coughs and colds. Wine made from rosehips and confetti from rose flowers, thrown at weddings has enlivened country life since Culpepper’s day.

Lavender

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Dried lavender has been used to aid sleep for centuries. In 15th century France, glove-makers used lavender oil to perfume leather – which helped them escape the plague.

Dried lavender has been used to aid sleep for centuries, either sewn into pillows or placed in vases in bedrooms. It also wards off moths. A drug made from lavender aids digestion, relieves flatulence and acts as an antiseptic, while lavender water can be used as a skin tonic and antiseptic skin wash for acne.It is also used in household products to mask chemical smells.

Chamomile

The ancient Egyptians inhaled powdered chamomile flowers as snuff, as well as using it for healing. Nicholas Culpepper referred to it as a ‘soother of many ills’. Taken in a tea, or capsule form, it calms anxiety and headaches, aids sleep and digestion and acts as an anti-spasmodic for such problems as stomach cramps and indigestion. Chamomile treats a plethora of common ailments and its usefulness is supported by scientific research.

Evening primrose

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Evening primrose can ease depression, balance hormones and reduce prostate swelling

Research suggests evening primrose can ease depression, balance hormones and reduce prostate swelling. The seed oil contains fatty acids including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), that balances female hormones and improves circulation.Native North Americans even made poultices with the plant’s leaves to treat bruises and haemorrhoids.

Flowery medicines

Digitalis, a strong drug to treat heart problems, is made from extracts of the foxglove flower.

The painkilling drugs, morphine and codeine, are extracted from the opium poppy.

Aspirin is a derivative of meadowsweet.

St. John’s wort is used to treat mild depression.

Lily of the valley contains crystalline glycoside used in cardiac drugs.

Red clover contains biochanin which fights cancer.

Rosehips offer the best source of vitamin C.

Hence one can see that apart from its beautifying effect, flowers in general have many other uses which were unknown to many in todays day and age. This article outlines one of the other few uses of flowers and its natural effects.

This article contains information and inputs from web articles, magazines and other internet resources.

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Belgium Flower Carpet

Belgium Flower Carpet

Every two years since the 1970s, gardeners and volunteers in Belgium have merged the decorative arts and grand, historic architecture by squishing together hundreds of thousands of begonia flowers to make a “live” rug in the middle of Brussels’ Grand-Place, the city’s central plaza.

Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50′s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).

He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.

His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.

However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”

Planning for the Flower Carpet Festival begins a year out, but thanks to hundreds of volunteers, the actual laying down of the carpet—with each flower placed by hand—takes only about four hours. So how many begonias are there? Well, to keep the carpet from scattering away with the wind, each bloom is packed in snugly, with about 300 begonias per square meter—so that’s about 750,000 flowers for the whole rug. It all started with a landscape architect (and veritable begonia devout) in 1971, and ultimately grew into a traveling exhibition; flower carpets have been rolled out in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. Above: 2010’s carpet, meant to honor the appointment of a Belgian, Herman Van Rompuy, as president of the European Union’s European Council. The EU logo is visible in the middle, and in the carpet’s corners are images of Saint Michael striking down a dragon, apparently a symbol of Belgian strength and protection.

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Images of Belgium Flower Carpet