The Meaning of Flowers
Not only can flowers beautify a room and fill it with uplifting scents, they also can provide emotional well-being and lessen anxiety. Besides the immediate impact of happiness upon receiving flowers as with Valentines Day, they have a more long-term effect. According to a recent study by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, people are affected dramatically when living with fresh flowers, even for as little as a week. Etcoff says, “Other research has proven that flowers make people happy when they receive them. What we didn’t know is that spending a few days with flowers in the home can affect a wide variety of feelings.” According to the research, people tend to feel more compassion and kindness toward others, have less anxiety and experience less depression when fresh cut flowers are present in their home. Participants also showed increased energy, creativity and heightened enthusiasm when being exposed to flowers. By looking at the study’s outcome, it’s easy to conclude flowers benefit our daily lives. On the other hand, most women don’t need research to convince them of this. We love receiving flowers and we‘ve been aware of these benefits for years!
Flowers and Their Color Meanings
The color of flowers have emotional effects on people, as well. People tend to respond to each color in completely different ways. Some reactions to color are related to different cultures, while others are on a more subconscious level. This list of color meanings may have you thinking more deeply when choosing a gift of flowers from now on.
- Red flowers are thought to increase energy, respiration rates and blood pressure, while heightening passion. Warmest of all colors, red is associated with warmth. Red roses symbolize passionate love, as the color red is very emotionally intense. Red roses say, “I love you” like no other color of rose.
- Yellow flowers such as sunflowers enhance alertness and energy. They convey sunshine, warmth, joy and cheerfulness. Yellow daffodils can symbolize unrequited love.
- Green flowers are thought to be relaxing and restful. Green is known to be the most restful color for the human eye. Green helps to slow breathing and heart rate, while producing a sense of warmth. Green is known to be the color of life, fertility and nature. The color green may also mean peace, hope and luck. Bells of Ireland convey the message of, “Good luck“.
- Blue flowers such as delphiniums help with relaxation, just as green ones do. Blue, being the coolest of all colors, has a soothing effect. It is thought to be a very peaceful, calming color. Blue also conveys confidence, security, wisdom, inspiration, sincerity and is quite possibly the color of tranquility.
- Orange flowers are thought to produce an invigorating effect without raising blood pressure. Orange stimulates creativity, enthusiasm and determination, while being a very thoughtful and sincere color at the same time. Orange can mean encouragement and symbolize endurance and strength.
- Pink flowers are thought to mean beauty, elegance, calmness and contentment. Pink is the combination of red and white. It produces feelings of emotional love, romance, friendship, acceptance and tenderness. A pink carnation symbolizes “a woman’s love”.
- Purple flowers are thought to suggest sophistication, good judgment, luxury, authority and even a touch of romance. Purple is the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors. It draws stability from the blue and energy from the red. The color violet is associated with inspiration and imagination. Purple is known to be a rare and exotic color in nature. Purple lilacs can symbolize the “first emotions of love”.
- White flowers such as daisies suggest purity, elegance, kindness. White possesses openness as well as truth. White is thought to be the color of new beginnings and perfection, making it just right for births. It can also mean innocence and goodness.
- Black flowers may suggest mystery, the unknown or death. Black can also mean power and elegance. Mostly, black flowers are associated with grief and sorrow.
Whether purchased from the local floral shop, grown in your own backyard or gathered in a meadow full of wildflowers, a bouquet of fresh flowers will surely put a smile on the face of that special someone in your life.