Getting To The Roots

Dec 27, 2012 in , , ,

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Other than being pretty sights for us to admire, flowers have many functions, especially in science and society. They are integral parts of nature, and are extremely important.

Believe it or not, flowers are actually part of a plant’s reproductive system. Some plants can reproduce by themselves, but others require another plant, which is where pollen comes in. The pollen from flowers is transferred to other flowers through pollination by insects such as bees, who make honey out of the nectar they find in flowers.

Besides this, flowers can also serve in the medical field, and have been used to treat cardiovascular problems, amongst others. Different species are used to cure different ailments. Chrysanthemum tea for example, can help with fevers and colds. Flowers are also used to soothe the mind, as anyone who has experienced a nice relaxing bath in flowers will tell you.

Something unexpected is that flowers can be eaten, too. In Yunan, they make omelets with jasmine buds, and in Thailand, they have jasmine-scented rice. They can be made into tea as well.

Alongside these uses, flowers can also be given as presents. But don’t pick just any flower – they can send signals to the receiver, and you certainly don’t want to send the wrong message. Ever heard of red roses being the symbol of romance? Well, how about blue roses? They aren’t found in nature, and some cultures use them to symbolize royalty, while they represent hope against impossible love for the Chinese.

As you can see, flowers are versatile, and can be used for a wide array of purposes. Next time you see these beauties, don’t underestimate them, and be sure to appreciate them for all that they are worth.