Plant Essence wisdom of the month
Plant Wisdom of the ancient ones
Plant essence for the soul:
‘The essence of the orchid is beauty personified as a creative energy that opens people to their dreams so they can begin to fulfil them. The orchid is rare is only able to assist you from a place of beauty and harmony with all things. It is rare in that many are unable to achieve this unless they have glimpsed the unknown within themselves so they can cherish it both within themselves and with others.
The beauty within personified. Many blessings to all those who cherish this rare flower as they too shall cherish the beauty with others and can begin to assist humanity to grow from a place of love, beauty ,balance and harmony.’
The genus name comes from the Ancient Greek (órkhis), literally meaning "testicle”, because of the shape of the twin tubers in some species of Orchis.
A majority of orchids are perennial epiphytes, which grow anchored to trees or shrubs in the tropics and subtropics. Other orchids (including the majority of temperate Orchidaceae) are terrestrial and can be found in habitat areas such as grasslands or forest.
All orchids are perennial herbs that lack any permanent woody structure. They can grow according to two patterns:
The leaves of most orchids are perennial, the leaves of some orchids are considered ornamental. The scent of orchids is frequently analyzed by perfumers to identify potential fragrance chemicals.
The dried seed pods of one orchid genus, Vanilla, are commercially important as a flavouring in baking, for perfume manufacture and aromatherapy
The underground tubers of terrestrial orchids (early purple orchid)] are ground to a powder and used for cooking, such as in the hot beverage salep or in the Turkish frozen treat dondurma The name salep has been claimed to come from the Arabic expression ḥasyu al-tha`lab, "fox testicles", but it appears more likely the name comes directly from the Arabic name saḥlab. The similarity in appearance to testes naturally accounts for salep being considered an aphrodisiac.
The dried leaves of Jumellea fragrans are used to flavour rum on Reunion Island.
Some saprophytic orchid species produce potato-like tubers and were consumed as food by native peoples in Australia and can be successfully cultivated. Aboriginal peoples located the plants in habitat by observing where bandicoots had scratched in search of the tubers after detecting the plants underground by scent.
Orchids have been used in traditional medicine in an effort to treat many diseases and ailments. They have been used as a source of herbal remedies in China since 2800 BC.
Orchids have many associations with symbolic values. For example, the orchid is the City Flower of Shaoxing, China, is the national Venezuelan, Colombia, Singapore, Costa Rica flower.