1) Sirih Hitam.
2) Sarang Semut.
SIRIH HITAM Rp 8,7 juta
Antherium Brasil Rp 9,5 juta
SARANG SEMUT PAPUA Rp 10 juta
JEHOK = Jennamani Hokerry Rp 9 juta
Kaktus Stek Ephorbia mereha dan kuning = Rp 6 juta
Jennmani cobra clasic = 7 juta
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Take a quick look at the picture, you will definitely recognize a plant you have seen plenty of times. Aglaonema is one of the most favorite indoor plants, as it grows easily with minimum care and is ideal to even the most inexperienced amateur gardener.
Its name is once more totally Greek and its parts are translated as "aglos: shiny nema: string. Regardless of the Greek origin of its name, aglaonemas come from the tropical forests of south-east Asia, from Thailand and Cambodia to Vietnam and Malaysia. The first time aglaonemas crossed their natural borders was around 1900 when the plant was brought to America and has been cultivated ever since. The first new varieties were developed in the 60s; those varieties led to the plants we know today as aglaonemas. However, new varieties are still being developed in the US mainly, the differences being in the color of its leaves.
Aglaonemas belong to the aroids family, together with spathifyllum, dieffenbachia and philodentron. As its "relatives", it has shiny oval-shaped leaves, with jigged edges, fleshy to the touch and with impressive alternations of various tones of green. Its flowers look like small white callas and they produce a few yellow or red fruits. However, the basic reason for cultivating aglaonemas is their wonderful foliage and not its colors. Depending on the variety, its height can easily reach one meter or over.
Aglaonema is one of the most ideal indoor plants. It is very resistant to disease and can be grown in conditions that might "kill" many other indoor plants. It can be easily adapted to different conditions and this trait makes it really easy to care for and as a result makes it very popular.
Aglaonemas can be grown to any degree of lighting, from full-light rooms (filtered - never direct sunlight) to the darkest room of hour home. Of course, the more the light it gets the most impressive the colors on its leaves will be. If your problem is low light, aglaonemas are an ideal choice. Moreover, they can be easily grown together with other plants in the same pot.
Although this is an indoor plant, in warm climates it can be cultivated outdoors as long as you keep it in a shaded area, preferably facing north.
Aglaonemas love it warm and hate abrupt temperature changes and cold drafts. Ideally, temperatures should be between 18-30οC and the change in temperature between night and day should not be more than 10οC. A long time in either too low (<15ο)>35ο) temperatures may lead to yellowing of leaves or falling leaves and it will hinder its development to a great extent. So you're your plant around, to a warmer or cooler location depending on the temperatures and keep it away from drafts, i.e. next to windows or doors. When you decide where to place the pot, remember that temperatures are much lower close to windows than from any other area in your home during winter.
Aglaonemas are not very particular to the soil quality, so any packaged soil is suitable. Make sure though to add some sand into the soil and some pebbles in the bottom of the pot to ensure excellent drainage which is necessary to these plants.
Depending on the specific conditions of your home, watering once a week seems to be adequate. Check the soil before watering and do not let your plant live in soil that is always wet, also do not let it sit in water and always empty any excess water from the tray to avoid root rot. Take care not to let the plant go thirsty because the leaves will wilt and may never recover. You can repot any time of the year avoiding days with extreme heat or extreme cold in order not to stress your plant more than necessary.
As far as humidity is concerned, provide as much humidity as possible either by using a humidifier, or with spraying the leaves. You could also use a pebble tray as we have described in various other articles. Do not worry too much though because aglaonemas can adapt to less humidity than most indoor plants.
Use any liquid or tablet form fertilizer but use approximately ? of the dosage described on the label to avoid damaging the roots or the tips of its leaves. In very young plants, avoid fertilizing until the plant is around 6 months old, while in mature plants you should fertilize 3 times per year (every 4 months).
You can easily propagate aglaonemas from cuttings. Cuttings can be placed in water until they grow roots or they can be planted directly into soil. Aglaonemas can grow in water for a long time, provided that you replace the water often and that you carefully remove any algae from the inside of the container. Same as pothos (devil's ivy), aglaonemas can be grown in small glass vases with water that can be placed on your bathtub or on window-sills, creating small tropical areas in minimum space.
As we already mentioned, one of its basic advantages is that it is almost disease- and insect-proof. However, to be on the safe side, keep leaves very clean and check often for aphids, thrips, or spider mites that may have affected other indoor plants.
You have plenty of good reasons to buy aglaonemas. They are beautiful, easy to grow, hardy, needs no specific care, it adapts easily, is suitable for low light rooms, with quick growth, even in water, extremely easy to propagate . . . what else could you ask for?
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Some people know Caladiums as a houseplant. Others recognize Caladiums as a colorful, leafy plant that brightens up the shady areas of their yard. However you recognize them, these plants are popular among home gardeners indoors or out.
Caladium are easy to grow. They are tropical plants, native to the Amazon river area of Brazil. So, it's no surprise that these plants love a warm, shady, humid environment. Caladium is grown as an ornamental plant for it's colorful leaves. The leaves come in a variety of combinations of green, with white, pink or red. It grows to it's full height of 12" to 30" in one season. Caladium are perfectly comfortable in a pot or container, resulting a a very popular houseplant or deck plant.
Did you know? While it is native to Brazil, Lake Placid, Florida claims to be the Caladium capital of the world. Nurseries in this area grow a wide range of Caladiums on thousands of acres.
While people talk about Caladium "bulbs", they are really grown from a tuberous root. In the fall, the tuberous roots are dug up, cleaned and separated. Make sure to have some buds on each divided section of root. Store the roots in dry soil, or spaghnum moss in a dry, dark location until ready to use next spring. Storage temperatures should be at least 40 degrees.
The largest tubers will produce the largest plants. Many people prefer to start with new roots each year. Many home gardeners find the roots produced by their plants are smaller, and turn to commercial growers who know how to produce the biggest roots for the best plants.
How to Grow Caladium:
It's best to give your Caladium plants a head start. Roots can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date. We recommend individual containers. 4" to 6" peat pots work well for transplanting later, with minimal transplant shock.
Plant roots, round side up, 1 1/2"- 2" deep, in rich starter soil, peat moss, or vermiculite. Roots should have a few buds on them. Water well the first time, then keep the soil moist. The plant needs warm soil to sprout.
If planting as an indoor houseplant, plant roots directly into the container they will grow in.
Tip: To promote more leaves, remove the largest bud in the center of the root.
Being native to the tropics, Caladium does not like cold weather. Wait to transplant them outdoors until all danger of frost has past, and the soil has warmed.
Select a location that is shady, or does not receive direct sunlight. Caladium likes rich soil. The soil needs to be kept moist, but should be well draining. If the soil is poor, add generous amounts of compost and manure.
Caladium grows well with little care or attention. Fertilize outdoors once a month with a general purpose fertilizer. Indoors, use a liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks. During the growing period, remove any dead or damaged leaves.
In the fall, dig up the roots for storage. The roots will survive overwintering outdoors only in the warmest areas of the country.
Insects and Disease:
You should experience few problems with your caladium. Use insecticide or fungicide only if a problem occurs.
From : www.gardenersnet.com
Pada umumnya euphorbia tumbuh memanjang dengan cabang yang sedikit. Sehingga makin tua tidak terlihat makin rimbun, tapi akan lebih terlihat rapuh / mudah patah. Mungkin cara ini bisa anda coba agar euphorbia anda menjadi rimbun, sehingga bila berbunga akan terlihat makin cantik.
Mungkin kebanyakan orang untuk memperbanyak cabang euphorbia-nya, akan memotong batang. Dengan harapan akan muncul cabang cabang baru pada batang tersebut.
Boleh2 saja hal itu dilakukan tapi umumnya akan lama, sebab batang butuh energi lebih untuk memacu pertumbuhan cabang 2 ini.
Pada dasarnya euphorbia adalah tanaman yang akan berbunga bila terkana sinar matahari langsung. euphorbia juga termasuk jenis tanaman yang sebagian makanannya untuk pertumbuhan bunga, maka dari itu hampir semua jenis euphorbia pertumbuhannya cenderung vertikal, bukan membentuk cabang2.
Tapi bila anda ingin memperbanyak cabangnya, maka tempatkan euphorbia di tempat yang teduh, memang sih euphorbia akan sedikit ngambek untuk berbunga, tapi yang kita butuhkan pertama2 adalah cabangnya, karena nanti bila banyak cabang dan berbunga akan jauh lebih cantik bukan?...
Dalam dunia pertanian kita mengenal "pertumbuhan memanjang pada batang secara tidak normalkarena usaha tanaman untuk mencari sinar matahari yang sesuai dengan tingkat kebutuhan", seperti halnya tauge ( batangnya panjang2, padahal daunnya kecil ).
Euphorbia-pun begitu, kalau ditaruh ditempat yang teduh, batangnya bakal memanjang dan bunganya berkurang. Inilah TIPS KHUSUS agar tujuan awal kita ( memperbanyak batang ) tercapai.
Euphorbia harus diberi pupuk yang mengandung P ( Phospat ) banyak.biasanya pupuk yang mengandung banyak P digunakan untuk memacu proses berbunga pada tanaman. nah , kalau pupuk yang mengandung banyak P ini diberikan pada euphorbia ditempat yang teduh,mestinya bunga2 akan muncul, tapi syarat utama ( sinar matahari ) untuk berbunga tidak ada. Akibatnya, nutrisi P tadi, akhirnya merangsang bagi terbentuknya cabang2 baru. Tidak akan jadi bunga, karena tidak ada terpaan sinar matahari langsung.
Dan kalau pemrograman percabangan sudah berhasil, barulah euphorbia yang sudah banyak cabang tadi ditempatkan dilokasi yang panas.
Bersiap-siaplah menerima euphorbia yang akan bertambah cantik. Banyak cabang, yang tentu akan menghasilkan banyak tumbuh bunga.
Selamat mencoba, semoga sukses.......
A native of East Africa, the desert rose will grow from 6 ½ to 10 feet in the wild. It has fleshy leaves and beautiful 2-inch open-trumpet shaped flowers in shades from red to light pink.
Watering: Needs little water during winter, especially when kept cool. Increase water during growing and blooming periods. If kept outside in the hot Texas sun, it can take water 2 to 3 times a week. It will lose leaves if over-watered.
Soils: Good drainage is essential in any soil mix, yet the soil mix also must have moisture retention properties, along with adequate nutrients. We use a growing medium of 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 Perlite or other material that provides for good drainage. Gravel works, but makes the pot heavier that with Perlite.
Repotting: Root prune and repot ever year or two, after the winter rest period, using a good draining soil mix such as described above. Peat can also be added to the mixture. Plant can tolerate being root-bound (tight in the pot.)
Styling: Do heavy pruning after the rest period, around March. New shoots can be pruned regularly. The sap is toxic, so clean hands after pruning, and avoid getting sap into open wounds or eyes.
Fertilizer: Feed with a general houseplant fertilizer half-strength about once or twice a month during the warm months. Blooming fertilizer may help encourage blooming during the growing season.
Light: Needs lots of light and fresh air. Keep in a bright location in winter. In summer plant can be moved outside and can tolerate full sun but partial or filtered sun is fine.
Temperature: Never below 40 degrees; however, in the winter, keeping it cool (between 40 and 61 degrees) gives the plant a needed rest.
Animals: Leaves eaten by house pets will cause intense salivation but will not harm the animal. The pet's mouth should be rinsed well with water to stop the salivation.
Additional Information: The internet is a valuable source of information regarding general care as well as information about specific plants.
Introduction Flowers, by their very nature, are ephemeral; yet the essences made from them are credited with engendering substantial and often definitive changes in the people who use them.
While flower and vibrational essences from around the world continue to be created and celebrated, and articles can be found which cite the properties of and uses for various flower essences, very little mention is made about any research into their effectiveness as a healing modality.
I believe that, while the data is available, it is only half the story – the best bit, the beautiful bit – is exactly the kind of data that gets ignored or forgotten in the desire to have neatly packaged, standardized data. Without that ‘soft’ data, the beauty of the therapy is lost.
I would like to explore the two components of the equation ‘Beauty’ + ‘Science’ by:
1. Looking at the experience of four of my clients who participated in a ten-week course of treatment with flower essences, as well as two case studies by two practitioners;
2. Examining the research data on the effectiveness of flower essence therapy as a treatment modality.
Beauty Over a three-month period, I had three consultations with four clients, during which flower essences were given to the clients as part of a flower essence project. While the project was really a pilot study and not a formal study, it revealed some interesting results. Simple quality of life (QOL) questionnaires were created for the clients to assess themselves in four areas: pain, mobility, mood and sleep. The initial questionnaire was filled out before the first consultation took place, while the follow-up questionnaire was filled in after the final consultation had occurred. A final evaluation of the consultations, and what benefit clients felt had been derived from them was also done.
Below (see Table 1) are the clients’ responses to the QOL questionnaires:
It is interesting to note the contrast between perceived feeling and quantifying it on a scale – even such a basic scale as was used for the questionnaires. When questioned about sleep quality, Client 1 stated that she had noticed that her sleep had improved; yet on the scale, there was no change noted. The client felt better but that improvement was not reflected in the more ‘statistical’ answer.
The same occurs when one examines the answers of Clients 2 and 3 – both perceived a positive change in their mood when asked the question, but the objective data, taken on its own, would indicate that no change had occurred.
Interestingly, Client 3 reported an increase in pain levels and a decrease in sleep quality; the client, although reporting an increase in pain (she had on-going problems with ear infections and had a flare up during the course of treatment), when asked if she noticed a change in the level of pain she felt, she noted a change for the better.
Once again, the numbers only tell half the tale. Even more telling were the comments made once the clients were free of the restrictions of numbers, and could express themselves in their own words.
Five questions were given to the clients at the end of the project, asking them:
1. What they liked best about the project;
2. What they liked least about the project;
3. What was the experience of taking the essences like;
4. What changes did they notice in their lives since taking the essences;
5. What changes have others noticed since they have been taking the essences.
The responses were as seen below (See Table 2):
Over the 12 weeks the clients explored their emotions, using the flower essences as their guides, and their inner landscapes bloomed – and it was lovely to see and experience along with them.
All of the wonder of making discoveries about themselves and, more importantly, making changes in themselves, gets lost in the translation of hard data.
The beauty becomes lost.
It is not just my clients who report such experiences of profound changes in their lives – flower essence practitioners from all over the world are reporting similar experiences from their own clients. I’d like to take a look at two case studies, one by a Norwegian GP who uses flower essences as part of his practice, and a Brazilian flower essence practitioner who works in a favela (slum). Although the circumstances reported are radically different on the surface, they both give an insight into the unfolding of the souls of the people taking the essences.
Dr Audun Myskja Dr Myskja is a Norwegian GP who uses flower essence therapy regularly as part of his practice. His book, Flower Essences for Growth and Healing, is a recommended text for nurses and social workers at the Regional University in Oslo.
One of his case studies involved Arne, an executive in his 40s, who sought the doctor’s assistance to cope with hair loss, which followed depression over a financial slump at work and subsequent post-viral infection. Dr Myskja prescribed Arne flower essences, taught him relaxation techniques and guided imagery in music. Arne was also taught massage techniques for his scalp and neck and advised to spend 30-60 minutes outdoors daily.
At his next consultation, Arne reported he felt different, as if there was ‘a growing plant within’. He also reported feeling tinges of joy breaking through his lethargy and depression. By his third consultation, Arne reported excitedly that he could ‘feel hair coming up on his bald spots’. Over a six-month period Arne experienced a full recovery, prompted by his growing self-awareness and recognition of the fact that he needed to strike a balance between his inner drive and outer circumstances.
Rosana Souto Sobral Vieira Rosana Vieira is the founder and co-ordinator of flower essence therapy at Núcleo Mãe Maria (NMM), a social institution run by the religious charity, Os Seareiros. Os Seareiros organizes professional volunteer health practitioners and educators to provide services to some 350 poor families in Campinas, Brazil.
Núcleo Mãe Maria is located in a major drug centre in Campinas, an area marked by violence and poverty. On the other hand, the community is also the home of many hardworking poor, who must leave their children with relatives or on their own while they go out to work.
While Vieira feels that flower essence therapy as a healing modality can be understood scientifically, it must be practised artistically. As a musician, Vieira feels that making up an essence formula is like creating a song, which ‘attunes’ the client’s soul. Therapists, she believes are challenged to create the necessary patterns and timing for each client to ‘hear’ and respond to the song.
One of Vieira’s case studies involved 13 year-old Francisco, who had severe learning difficulties when she began working with him. Francisco came from a violent home, with an abusive alcoholic father and a depressed mother. He suffered from constant nightmares and bedwetting.
The first time Vieira encountered Francisco, it was following a violent fight in which he had tried to prevent his father from beating his mother. He answered questions with ‘don’t know’, was unkempt and appeared emotionally absent. When asked to draw a picture of himself, he grudgingly drew a small figure made of rectangular blocks in the middle of the page.
In one month Francisco showed quite dramatic improvement – he was present, alert and tried responding to questions with complete sentences. His nightmares and bedwetting stopped. Francisco himself was so impressed by the results that he decided to continue treatment. His next picture was that of a fairy with arms open wide – although the heart was covered by a protective badge.
By the third month, Francisco’s mother reported she also noted remarkable changes in Francisco – he was no longer incontinent either at home or school. His teachers reported he was no longer withdrawn – he was even talking too much! While Francisco’s writing had improved, he was still a slow reader.
Over the next month-and-a-half, Francisco remained embodied and alert, although he still had some difficulties with his studies. He began expressing a desire to be connected with nature; his next picture showed him standing in the sun, surrounded by trees, arms wide, the badge covering his heart was gone.
By his fourth consultation, Francisco’s teachers reported that his social behaviour had changed – he was more sensitive and showed emotion when teased or provoked.
Francisco began studying art, which delighted him; meanwhile, his father stopped drinking and his mother began receiving treatment at NMM. Francisco is now an accomplished artist, with regular exhibitions of his work in Campinas. His paintings are all labelled ‘Felicidade’ (‘Happiness’) – the word speaks for itself.
How can a few drops of a dilute infusion of wildflowers catalyze such profound benefits?
By conventional measurement, flower essences are nothing but water with brandy or some other substance as a preservative. However, the above examples show that not only do things happen, but amazing things can happen.
Double-blind studies, as well as clinical research, have demonstrated that flower essences have real, although unquantifiable results on the biochemical level. Traditional scientists would most likely conclude that any evidence presented must be false. It would seem that a new paradigm is needed to understand the evidence – the old Newtonian view of the world as strictly mechanistic does not jibe with the new discoveries in the fields of quantum physics and relativity. In limiting study to only what can be measured and quantified, the life sciences, and particularly medical science, have ignored quality for quantity, i.e. behaviour is measured, while experience is ignored.
Flower essences tap into a larger energy field which surrounds each plant and transmits them into the human energy field. To better understand this process, science must develop a new perspective which includes the more ethereal aspects of human beings and nature.
Quantum physics takes a different view of this relationship. Heisenberg’s Principal of Uncertainty proved that complete separation between the observer and observed is an illusion. The very act of observation affects what is observed; subject and object are inextricably linked. Conventional science still adheres to the paradigm of the detached researcher, who is totally uninvolved with what is being observed.
Flower essence therapy is based on relationships – that of the client with the therapist, as well as the relationship of both client and therapist to the essences themselves. Clients, even very young children, will unerringly pick the pretty pictures that represent exactly the particular issue(s) they are currently faced with – the flowers ‘speak’ to them at some level. The therapist, on the other hand, has a well-developed understanding and intuitive sense of both what the flowers represent and how those properties relate to the issues the client is facing. Without that triangular relationship – therapist to client to essence(s), healing cannot take place.
Science Is there a scientific way of explaining flower essence therapy? Double blind studies, as well as clinical research, demonstrate that flower essences have an effect, but one that is difficult to measure.
The late Dr Jeffrey R Cram studied flower essence therapy extensively, using conventional scientific methods from which unconventional data was extrapolated, e.g. the double blind placebo controlled method was used to measure stress and environmental sensitivity. Dr Cram documented his results by the use of surface electromyography (sEMG), which measures electrical impulses in the muscles. He also used electroencephalograms (EEGs) to measure the brain’s electrical activity. These tools were used to quantify electrical activity resulting from deeper emotional activity which cannot be captured by conventional means.
One of Dr Cram’s studies, sponsored by the Flower Essence Society (FES), examined the effect of two flower essence formulas on adverse environmental stimulation. A randomized double blind experiment was conducted using Yarrow Special Formula and Five Flower Formula (also known as Bach Rescue Remedy) to assess their effect on intense environmental stimulation from fluorescent lights and its concomitant electromagnetic fields. Results were measured as brainwave activity (EEG) and muscle activity (sEMG) using 19 EEG sites and six sEMG sites.
The study results showed that EEG activation of the frontal lobes area to photic stimulation, but only for those individuals who received the placebo preparation. Concurrent activation of the T6 paraspinals was also noted, again for only the placebo control group. The two flower essence groups showed no similar stress response, indicating that the essences acted as an antidote to environmental stressors.
The overall result suggests that intense light stimulation from banks of fluorescent lights provoked a stress response, indicated by frontal lobe activation, along with extension of the thoracic spine. This flight/fight response was only seen in the placebo group, indicating that the flower essences mitigated the stress response associated with noxious environmental stimulation.
In another FES-sponsored study conducted by Cram, 24 subjects participated in a double blind placebo study, in which the Five Flower Formula was administered prior to taking a Paced Serial Arithmetic Task (PSAT). The impact on the two groups was measured using sEMG electrodes at six sites. While the sEMG sites were used to monitor stress profiling via muscle activity, they also are where the chakras are known to reside, making metaphysical explanations possible. While two of the selected sites (frontal, cervical) reflect traditional monitoring sites, all six sites correspond to chakras. Additionally, peripheral hand temperature and skin conductance (GSR) activity was also measured.
The study results indicated that the flower essence group showed significantly smaller stress responses at the cervical site (throat chakra), as well as at the T6 paraspinal (heart chakra) site. The results also showed that the stress response occurs all along the spine and not just at the usual electrode sites (e.g. wide frontal placement). If this site alone had been used, the true clinical effect of the flower essence would have been missed.
Furthermore, the administration of flower essences just prior to the PSAT significantly reduced the level of reactivity at the C4 Paraspinal/throat chakra, as well as at the T6 Paraspinal/heart chakra site. Why were these two sites more affected, rather than the more commonly used frontal site? Metaphysically, the heart chakra is concerned with love and attachment, while the throat chakra is related to self-control and will. Perhaps the flower essence interacted in some way with these qualities to engender change.
How can ‘nothing’ produce such wonderful results? What kind of science can explain such beauty? It would appear to be well worth the journey for many, if we were to take the time to find out.
References 1. Myskja A. Clinical Report: Three Cases. In Katz R and Kaminski P eds. Calix: The International Journal of Flower Essence Therapy. 1:59-61. 2004.
2. Vieira R. Healing Fear and Finding Love: Flower Therapy for Disadvantaged Children in Campinas. Brazil. In Katz R and Kaminski P eds. Calix. 1:62-73. 2004.
3. Katz R and Kaminski P. Eds. The Living Science of Nature: A Foundation for Flower Essence Therapy. Calix. 1:32-54. 2004.
4. Cram JR PhD. Effects of Two Flower Essences on High Intensity Environmental Stimulation and EMF: A Matter of Head and Chest. Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine Journal. 12(3): 1-11. 2001.
5. Cram JR PhD. Two Double-Blind Scientific Studies of Flower Essences and Stress. Sponsored by the Flower Essence Society. 1-17. 2001.
From : www.positivehealth.com
Adenium ini berhasil berbunga serempak di tiap cabangnya. Bunga yang rimbun bisa diciptakan setelah sebelumnya dilakukan pemangkasan.
Adenium bentuknya memang unik. Apalagi jika berbunga, cantik sekali. Kini banyak silangan adenium yang menampilkan bunga dengan bermacam warna. Tapi sayangnya jika sekali berbunga, ditunggu-tunggu yang selanjutnya lama baru berbunga. .
Padahal, adenium bisa dibuat berbunga sepanjang waktu. Chandra Gunawan, pehobi adenium, telah membuktikannya di Godongijo, nursery-nya yang luas di Sawangan (Bogor). Berikut ini tipsnya agar tanaman asal gurun pasir itu rajin berbunga.
Pemangkasan adalah kuncinya. Batang adenium yang tumbuh memanjang akan memberi kesan berantakan. Pemangkasan batang utama bisa dilakukan sesuai dengan keinginan pehobi. Kalau mau yang bentuknya tinggi maka batang yang dipotong juga agak tinggi pula.
Selain batang utama, pemangkasan cabang juga dilakukan. Tujuannya agar tampil rimbun. Pemangkasan cabang tersebut, juga bisa memutus siklus hidup hama dan penyakit, serta kunci utama untuk membungakan adenium secara serempak di tiap cabangnya.
Pemangkasan itu akan menghasilkan tunas-tunas baru di tiap cabang yang dipangkas. Dari tunas baru inilah, nanti bakal keluar bunga. Tapi yang harus diperhatikan sebelum melakukan penggundulan, pastikan tanaman itu sehat dan media tanamnya subur. Pemberian pupuk slow release atau NPK sebaiknya dua minggu sebelum ”eksekusi” itu.
Menurut Chandra, yang jarang diperhatikan oleh pehobi adalah kesterilan alat pemotong. Gunting atau pisau yang dipakai sering kali kotor. Peralatan yang tidak steril seringkali menyebabkan kegagalan. Sebab bekas irisannya menjadi busuk yang bisa merembet ke bagian lain. Harapan untuk memperoleh adenium yang indah, sirna karena kecerobohan. Sebaiknya pemangkasan dilakukan di pagi hari agar bekas potongan bisa cepat kering. Tidak disarankan penggundulan itu dilakukan di musim hujan, sebab batang yang baru terpotong bila terkena air akan membusuk.
Jika adenium yang sudah gundul sejak awal dalam kondisi bagus, tanaman sehat dan kondisi medianya subur maka dalam tujuh sampai 12 hari sesudah pemangkasan akan tumbuh tunas-tunas baru dan enam sampai delapan minggu kemudian muncul kuncup bunga. Jangan lupa menaruhnya di tempat yang mendapat matahari minimal tujuh jam per hari. Sebab tanaman ini menyukai sinar matahari. Jika tidak terkena matahari maka proses pembungaan akan gagal. Kuncup yang sedang terbentuk bisa gagal.
The collection of flower oils I am now presenting in Kit 1 is therefore the culmination of four years’ work on Mediterranean flowers. Although I have most of the 24 oils in my cabinet, I have initially documented the use of only 12. I wanted to echo the work of Dr Edward Bach when he presented his Twelve Healers, the first of his now famous set of 38 flower remedies. As with Bach, seven more oils will soon be presented in Kit 2, bringing the total to 19, before I double up to 38 to complete the project.
There are many similarities between flower oils and flower remedies: this can be seen in the descriptions of the oils, which, like many of the flower remedies, can be used on the personality level. As with flower remedies, the oils heal wounds that manifest on the emotional and mental levels of our being. However, the major difference between flower oils and remedies lies in their making: oil is used instead of water and alcohol as the medium through which the healing force of the flowers is transmitted to animals and ourselves. This leads to the oils being used rather like essential oils are used in aromatherapy. The fact that the flower oils can be mixed along with essential oils into a base oil for absorption through the skin by massage presents new and exciting possibilities for the subtle healing energy of the flowers to touch many more people than their traditional oral administration through flower remedies has so far allowed.
Here is the description of Margarita so that you can get an idea of the uses to which the oils can be put.
Impulse: universal expansion
Surrounding the use of this flower oil is the belief that there lies outside the practitioner/client relationship a greater force which has the potential to heal. Many therapists consciously tap this spiritual reservoir of energy to aid their client’s recovery. The universal healing energy permeates every atom within the cosmos, is eternally present and can be used if conscious intent is applied. There is no one way in which this is achieved; each healer does it in an individual way. Massage generates vibrations within the subtle anatomy in harmony with the Healing Source. A resonance is created between the client, the practitioner and the Universal Healing. The client is then in a position to draw upon this higher source for their own benefit. Massaging with Margarita flower oil distributes vibrational impulses into the aura, which stimulates the spiritual healing energy and opens fully the channels that allow the flow of this energy into the client’s aura.
Use Margarita flower oil:
• to attune the client to the spiritual source of healing;
• to bring a greater degree of acceptance to the client who is struggling to accept their situation and move more freely with the flow;
• as a flux to help the flow of energy throughout the whole of the subtle anatomy;
• to ensure in the blending of all oils that a harmonious mixture is created;
• when the client is in despair, at the point of giving up, and lacks any hope of regaining well-being;
• universally, for any condition.
Margarita is a composite, the largest grouping of flowers. This is in part the reason why this flower has a universal application. Furthermore, its botanical name, Chrysanthemum coronarium discolor, indicates that it is a variety, common in horticulture, but rare in the wild. Margarita is a variety of Chrysanthemum coronarium, the crown daisy, suggesting that the energies of this flower are above or beyond those of the crown, the point of contact within the human aura for cosmic energies. The vibrational impulses of Margarita stimulate the outer and more rarefied levels of the subtle anatomy to receive the spiritual outpouring which is constantly radiating down from the cosmos.
The Making of Flower Oils Flower oils are made in the same way as flower remedies but with oil instead of water in the solarizing bowl. Unlike flowers, which float on the water, petals eventually sink to the bottom when placed in oil. This gives a very different feel to the essence, much heavier and more grounded. So the adjustment I was making to the descriptions of the flower remedies across in Greece was to emphasize the physical conditions for which the oils could be used.
Some might suppose that flower oils are no more than infused oils. Although there are similarities in the method of making, there are major differences that create a completely different type of oil. Whereas roots, leaves, stalks and petals are steeped in oil for two to three weeks to create an infused oil, only the flowers of the plant are left in oil for a maximum of three hours in direct sunlight to create a flower oil. This process used in the making of flower oils is called solarization and is also the most common method used in the preparation of flower remedies or essences. Infusing plant material in oil over a long period of time draws some of the chemical constituents, while solarizing flowers in oil transfers the vibrational impulse of the flower into the oil. In some cases, infused oils can be used for the same conditions as flower oils, but in the main the vibrational impulses of flower oils are used to treat different states from their infused counterparts.
Impulse: to serve, to help, to heal, to share our gifts with others.
We all desire to be of assistance to others, to help or heal in some form. From such acts we can derive a great deal of satisfaction, purpose and direction in life. Yet who is it that cares for the carers? When is it appropriate to stop thinking of others and start thinking about ourselves? There are those who come for treatment only when they have depleted their vitality to such an extent through their endeavours to aid others that they themselves have become ill. Often treatment is the final resort, a last ditch effort to get better: they have pushed themselves to the end of their tether by sacrificing personal needs and now their own bodies are crying out for some attention. Even when illness is finally admitted, they will still think about helping others rather than their own recuperation. Personal recovery may well be viewed as important only so that service to others can be resumed. It is plainly obvious that there are those seeking treatment who have to learn how to look after their own needs as well as look after others. Practitioners, too, can so easily fall into the trap of giving too much to their clients and not have enough left for themselves.
Use Persian Lilac flower oil:
• when the client continually puts others first, leaving little time for their own needs;
• when the client reluctantly seeks treatment or feels guilty as there are others who are in greater need of help;
• when the client’s feelings of unfulfilment within their working environment are a contributing factor to their poor health;
• for general stress and fatigue brought on by over- or under-work;
• when the practitioner starts to feel resentment about giving so much time and energy to their clients.
The subtle anatomy of an individual who is fulfilled and balanced in their service to humanity shimmers like the sunlight reflecting off the sea. The aura is full of tiny star-like energy structures, resembling in shape the Persian Lilac flower. The use of Persian Lilac flower oil in massage restores a healthy structure to this part of the subtle anatomy and therefore can be used not only for those who overstretch themselves but for those who feel less than fulfilled by their acts of service.
The Challenge Offered by Flower Oils Just as every flower can be turned into a flower remedy, so it can be turned into a flower oil. Since the early years of the 1980s, there has been an amazing flowering in the flower essence movement with many producers all over the world feeling inspired to seek out the therapeutic uses of the flowers; this has been done almost exclusively by capturing the vibrations of the flowers in water. Although I am aware of a handful of flower oils available in the market place, this aspect of flower essence therapy is seriously under-developed.
To my mind, flower oils present the trained and disciplined aromatherapist with a major challenge. Putting aside the healing that comes through the practitioner, the therapeutic quality of an aromatherapy session is derived from the chemical constituents of the chosen oils. For well over one hundred years, scientific research has been undertaken to back up the claims and beliefs that essential oils are beneficial to our clients’ health.1-3 Flower oils arise out of an area of human research that is non-scientific. The uses of each flower oil are determined through intuition. Furthermore, there is no trace of any chemicals in the oils: like its grandparents – homeopathy, and parents – flower remedies, flower oils contain only vibrational impulses. And, of course, no flower oil is contra-indicated, hazardous, toxic or photosensitive. But can aromatherapists really accept the validity of vibrational oils? Does there have to be a change in perception or leap in faith to start using these types of oils? The use of flower oils does require the aromatherapist to use a different part of their mind, to view and sense the situation from another perspective. The mixing of essential oils and flower oils into a base oil therefore gives the aromatherapist not one, but two therapeutic ways to stimulate their client’s healing process.
Research Material I have put out a few sets of the oils for research purposes and here I present three case reports, a small selection of the feedback I have received from professional bodyworkers.
1. Colin G is a manic-depressive on a lot of medication. He presented for his first treatment aching all over, and had migraines and back and joint pain. He was quite apprehensive about massage treatment. I added Mullein – opening to new possibilities and good for initial sessions – to a mixture of essential oils. He talked of considering making changes in his life, going back to college so that he could apply to do a degree. Afterwards he said he felt much more relaxed and the pain had remarkably reduced. A mutual friend reported that Colin was very happy with the treatment and had been going around raving about how good he felt;
2. The first day after finalizing the oils, I was enthusiastic to try them out. I called up a friend, who I knew to be somewhat stressed and down, to say I was free if he wanted to come for a massage. This particular person has been massaged by me many times and had always been satisfied with the results, but this time the massage reached new heights. We both felt more fully relaxed than ever before, I was focused and flowing, and I could feel the essences as strongly as he could. I was using Euphorbia (to nourish and nurture.) I felt very at ease in giving a nurturing massage and he was open to receive it. This very gentle energy was balanced by Bougainvillaea (to strengthen resolve). After the massage we talked and he said that it was without doubt the best massage he had ever received. He said as well as feeling physically brilliant he felt inspired and had been able to make a decision about future plans that he had been unsure about. He left feeling relaxed, charged with energy and clear in his mind;
3. A female postgraduate mature student had been struggling with feelings of self-disgust and self-hatred. She is very intelligent, articulate and cerebral, but was judging her academic work as never being good enough. Physically her symptoms were manifesting as irritable bowel syndrome. I gave her a reflexology treatment using Morning Glory – to concentrate, and Bougainvillaea – to strengthen resolve. I also gave her an energy healing using Euphorbia – to nourish and nurture. At the next session she reported that her abdominal symptoms had improved, and she had started to eat more again – her appetite had been low, and the feelings of “darkness and unworthiness had retreated”.
Conclusion Flower oils span the gap between flower remedies and essential oils, giving all those who attune to oils for well-being the opportunity to add the gentle and safe energies that emanate from the flowers to their healing cabinet. For my part, I shall continue with collecting, documenting, writing, teaching and promoting the use of these types of oils.
References1. Chamberland M. Les essences au point de vue de leurs proprietes antiseptiques. Annales Institut Pasteur. 1887.
2. Rideal S, Rideal EK and Sciver A. An investigation into the germicidal and capillary activities of certain essential oils. Perfumery and Essential Oil Record. 1928.
3. Rossi T, Melegari M, Bianchi A, Albasini A and Vampa G. Sedative, anti-inflammatory and antidiuretic effects induced in rats by essential oils. Pharmacol Res Common. 1988.
Media Tanam Anthurium
Kamis, 21 Desember 2006 14:15:39
KAlau mau lebih simpel, sebelum ditanami sebaiknya media tanah di semprot dgn BioSugih, tunggu sampai seminggu dan atau 3 hari. Biarkan bakteri BioSugih bekerja buat anda. Setelah ditanam semprot kembali dgn BioSugih dgn takaran 2 cc/1 liter air 3 hari atau seminggu sekali. Dalam satu bulan lihat lah perlembangannya. Bandingkan dgn yg tidak pakai BioSugih. 1 Liter BioSugih kekuatannya sama dgn 1 ton Pupuk kandang. Mengandung, 7 macam bakteri dgn fungsi berbeda beda dan tugas berbeda pula! Mengandung anti ulat dan anti jamur dan bakteri yg merugikan. Mengandung ZPT dan Hormon alamai, Mengandung hara Makro dan Mikro.
Media Tanam Anthurium
Senin, 13 Nopember 2006 13:17:45
Kalau pengalaman saya, untuk menanam anthurium (berbunga seperti ekor) memakai pakis rajang,pupuk kandang,sekam padi dan pasir kasar/pasir malang,berbanding 1:1:1:0,5 yang diaduk ,lebih baik sekam yang bakar karena mengurangi risiko jamur/fungi dan biji2 rumput nyasar.Setelah rata, masukkan ke pot yang mau ditanami 2/3 bag pot,padatkan dengan jari disekeliling pot sampai padat,buatlah lubang tanam secukupnya,letakkan tanaman yang mau ditanam, lalu taburkan media yang tadi disiapkan, sampai menutup batang.Pot jangan terlalu dipenuhi media,1-2 cm dari tepian pot, supaya kalau disiram tidak tumpah medianya.Selesai siramlah dengan merata,media akan turun sendiri, kalau dirasa perlu ditambah, tambahkan lagi.Jangan ditempatkan pda tempat yang terlalu panas.Demikian yang saya lakukan sampai hari ini, hasilnya cukup baik, tentunya setelah 1 bulan, perlu ditambah pupuk tambahan.
Jenis Anthurium dan Media
Kamis, 25 Januari 2007 09:22:58
Anthurium sang fenomenal th 2006...memang mempunyai jenis yg katanya para pakar anthurium jenisnya bisa ribuan...dikarenakan sistem silangnya yg cukup mudah sehingga varian2 daunnya pun bisa bermacam2 bentuknya..sehingga namanya pun berkembang sesuai bentuk daun..sedangkan yg umum dan banyak beredar di pasaran saat ini ada 3 jenis Hokery, Jenmanii dan WOL..dari ke -3 anth tsb mungkin yg agak susah di bedain utk yg awam atau penggemar baru adalah Hokery dan jenmanii ..prinsipnya daun Hokery lebih tipis dan alus (tidak berkerut) sedangkan Jenmanii lebih tebal bahkan cenderung kaku dan berkerut (seperti kulit jeruk),,,masalah media menurut pengalaman saya memang pakis yg dominan tapi bisa juga di ganti Serutan kayu di campur potongan kecil serabut kelapa..yg kemudian di Mix dengan pupuk Kandang sebaiknya yg dari kotoran Kambing...
demikian mungkin bisa bermanfaat.
Jumat, 26 Januari 2007 17:04:20
Halo green lovers..
Saya lagi merana, daun anthuriumku kering. Ceritanya, sehabis aku beri pupuk NPK aku jemur di bawah sinar matahari pagi (maksudnya seperti njemur bayi..biar sehat gitu). Ternyata malang tak dapat ditolak, saya kelupaan mindah pot tsb sampai siang menjelang sore, padahal waktu itu panasnya menyengat sekali. Hasilnya daun anthuriumku kering, di tiap2 daun ada bagian kering dan bagian 'sehat'. Karena setelah beberapa hari bagian yang 'sehat' kembali kokoh, tetapi bagian kering semakin kering. Saya nggak tahu pasti yang menyebabkan kering sinar matahari langsung atau pupuk NPK terlalu banyak.
Ada yang bisa membantuku 'menyelamatkan' anthuriumku? Terima kasih banyak atas sarannya...
Minggu, 28 Januari 2007 07:52:15
Bunga/tanaman hias yang ditanam di pot maupun lainnya bila menggunakan pupuk kimia sebaiknya diencerkan dulu dengan air baru disiramkan ketanahnya, kalau langsung dan kurang air tanaman bisa kering karena sifatnya tidak organik, lebih aman pakai yang organik cair silahkan coba NUTRISI SAPUTRA mohon amati 2 minggu bagaiman pertumbuhannya....ba gi 2 pengalaman hub. 08883472591- 0342 7720223
Media Tanam Anthurium
Sabtu, 17 Februari 2007 15:13:30
Sama seperti teman-teman saya juga baru mulai mengenal Anthurium, tapi saya sudah punya Jemani umurnya sekitar 2,5 tahun, dulunya saya pakai media sekam dan pupuk kompos hasilnya lumayan bagus, daunnya tumbuh tebal dan hijau (subur)dan daunnya lebar, tapi kemarin dikomentari oleh temen yang kebetulan melihat, katanya sebaiknya dengan media pakis, terusterang sayasendiri ada masalah yaitu sulit memindah-mindahkan tempat karena terlalu berat
Spadiks/Tongkol yg bagus:
1. Batang dan Seludangnya kuat / tdk loyo
2. Untuk bunga betina, ia akan mengeluarkan lendir/lem/madu merata diseluruh spadiks
3. untuk yg bunga jantan, ia akan berubah menjadi benang sari merata diseluruh tongkol akan lebih baik.
4. fase selanjutnya, ia akan berubah menjadi titik-titik yg lama kelamaan akan berubah menjadi titik2 warna hijau
5. fase selanjutnya, ia akan berubah menjadi titik2 warna merah yg menandakan spadiks akan siap dipanen
6. pada fase ini, tutuplah spadiks dengan plastik agar supaya biji tidak terjatuh di tanah/pot/lantai/hil ang
7. setelah biji berwarna merah timbul semua, panenlah dng cara di potong batang spadiksnya.
8. kupaslah biji (spt jagung warna merah) satu persatu lalu kumpulkan di dalam wadah saringan, cucilah biji (spt biji lombok) hingga lendir yg kyk lem bersih.
9. lalu kering anginkan, pada fase ini, Anda boleh langsung menyemai atau di simpan diletakkan di plastik juga tidak apa.
TAPI SEBAIKNYA LANGSUNG DI SEMAI.
Re: Media Tanam
Selasa, 30 Oktober 2007 12:56:00
Penelitian dr Jerman untuk Anthurium andreanum.
media 1: 1, arang sekam : coco chip. Perbandingan dgn berat media bukan volume. Setelah 2 bulan daun lebih kuat, tebal, mengkilap tanpa noda. Sayangnya stang memanjang. bunga jg muncul. Kontrol penelitian media hanya coco chip. Kesimpulan Arang sekam sangat bermanfaat.
Coco chip bukan Coco Pit. Coco chip adalah kulit kelapa yang dipotong kotak2, biasa untuk anggrek.
Banyak pecinta Anthurium yang belum perhatiin akar Anthurium (Liat dipameran). Tanam anthurium dengat pot rapat dr plastik/ Semen dan media bagian atas ditutup dengan pakis cacah lembut biar tampilan ok. Padahal Anth. akarnya kurang napas karena gak ada sistem tranportasi oksigen dr daun ke akar(Epifit red.) Ceknya gampang - kalo anthurium akarnya pada nonjol keluar seperti akar bakau berarti daerah akar bengep. Kalo tanaman masih kecil pengalaman saya ya lambat gedenya. Kalo tanaman Gede Mending potnya dilubangi samping. Biar tampilan kotor tapi sang raja prima...
Sumber : kebonkembang
Apa yang terbayang jika membicarakan Anthurium? Daunnya yang indah, atau bunganya yang memesona? Jawabannya, dua-duanya. Daun dan bunga sangat istimewa. Karena digemari banyak orang, bertanam Anthurium cocok untuk lahan bisnis.
Ada dua jenis Anthurium, yaitu Anthurium daun, dan Anthurium bunga. Keduanya sama-sama cantik. Anthurium daun berwarna hijau segar, dan bisa bertahan lama. Motifnya sangat banyak, ada yang bergelombang, berwarna hitam, berbentuk mirip daun sawi, atau keris. Menurut Novilia Agustina, pengelola Oasis Sentul Nursery, dua tahun belakangan pasaran Anthurium daun sedang digemari para hobiis. "Sedangkan yang bunga lebih disukai ibu-ibu karena warnanya lebih beragam."
Soal harga, Anthurium daun ternyata lebih mahal dibandingkan yang bunga. Jika untuk jenis Anthurium bunga harga berkisar antara Rp 20 ribu sampai Rp 50 ribu, maka yang daun untuk ukuran yang paling kecil saja harganya Rp 35 ribu. "Bahkan ada yang lebih dahsyat lagi, Rp 2,5 juta untuk Neo Super Boom yang masih kecil. Keistimewaannya karena jika daunnya dipegang terasa ada beludrunya," papar Novi sambil menunjukkan Anthurium yang dimaksud.
Harga tinggi juga berlaku bagi Anthurium Sirih dan Anthurium Keris yang mencapai harga Rp 6 juta dengan daun yang banyak. "Bahkan di kalangan penggemar beredar istilah, jika warna daunnya ada kelainan, harganya justru makin mahal."
Jika bunga pada Anthurium bunga sangat indah dan ditunggu-tunggu kemunculannya, pada Anthurium daun justru kebalikannya. "Kalau akan dipakai untuk keperluan bibit saja bunganya lantas dipertahankan. Jadi, kalau daunnya ingin bagus, sebaiknya bunganya dibuang saja," jelas Novi yang mengatakan Anthurium bisa diperbanyak melalui biji dan stek.
Dari sisi perawatan pun, Anthurium daun lebih mudah karena hanya merawat daunnya saja. Sementara Anthurium bunga harus merawat bunga dan daunnya. Yang perlu diperhatikan media tanaman, jangan memakai tanah karena akan mengikat akar hingga sulit tumbuh. "Sebaiknya pakai campuran pakis dan arang sekam agar akar gampang menyebar."
Sebaiknya Anthurium jangan diletakkan di tempat yang terkena matahari langsung. "Daunnya bisa berubah jadi kuning. Lebih bagus lagi kalau di luar memakai paranet. Kalaupun di dalam ruangan, harus dikeluarkan tiap minggu agar terkena cahaya matahari," ujar Novi sambil menyarankan saat penyiraman harus melihat kondisi medianya. "Yang rutin sehari sekali. Saat cuaca panas bisa dua kali, pagi dan sore."
Tak perlu pusing dengan hama karena anthurium jarang didatangi hama. "Tanaman ini relatif kuat, daunnya juga tebal. Musuhnya paling ulat daun berwarna hijau yang memakan daun. Tinggal dibuang saja." Jika ingin keindahan daunnya lebih menonjol lagi, sebaiknya daunnya digosok atau dibersihkan. "Bisa memakai sponge atau spray khusus hingga mengilap dan segar. Asal jangan terlalu sering, takut ada lapisan yang membuat daun jadi keras," saran Novi.
1. Waspadai jika daun yang baru tumbuh aneh, bentuknya enggak sempurna. Bisa jadi medianya terlalu padat, terlalu lembap, atau ada semut. Segera bongkar media. Di tempat Novi, 6 bulan sekali mengganti tanaman ke pot yang lebih besar.
2. Daun yang jelek jangan langsung dibuang. Lihat dulu kekompakan dengan daun lainnya. Tunggu daun baru yang tumbuh, baru yang jelek dibuang.
3. Daun anthurium yang berkilau menjadikan tanaman hias ini simbol kejayaan.
4. Bisnis anthurium daun diincar orang karena gampang pengembangannya.
5. Tak hanya cantik diletakkan di teras, anthurium pun bagus disimpan di atas meja.
Bunga dan lokasi: Oasis Sentul Nursery, Jln. Raya Kandang Roda Kompleks SPBU 34-16707 Sentul, Bogor (021 87950434).
Sumber : Tabloid Nova
Down through the ages the rose has been adopted by all creeds and cultures, religious, pagan and secular as a symbol of love and mysticism, playing its part in ceremonies and rituals to celebrate both life and death. Herbalists and pharmacist also valuing the rose for its medicinal and cosmetic uses.
There doesn’t seem to be any definite date as to the origin of the rose as a plant species here on earth, which adds to the mystery of this very special plant. As far as records show the first rose as we know it today was the Gallica, recorded on the island of Crete between 1,700 and 2,000 BC. Cultivated in Asia Minor and the Greek islands. The Colonists introduced the rose to the eastern Mediterranean islands, to Sicily and to Maridonial Italy where it soon became a favourite of the Romans. According to Herodotus the rose was brought to Greece by Midas whose garden in Macedonia was famed for its beauty and scents for centuries. The Gallica was a deep purple red rose with five petals, and highly fragranced. The first cultivated rose was Rosa Gallica Officialis, the apothecary’s rose or the rose of Provins as it is sometimes known. Edmund, 1st Earl of Lancaster chose this rose as his standard during the Wars of the Roses in honour of his second wife Blanche whose emblem it was, so becoming the red rose of Lancaster.
As a flower essence Gallica is to do with being oversensitive, the old and the newborn who are fragile, giving peace and strength to aid recovery. Purifying the heart and mind it helps the ‘spiritually’ ambitious to come back to a point of humility, befriending the ego to help attain harmony between ego and soul. Gallica relates to the brow and altar major chakras, and on a physical level the blood stream, helping to clear and purify the blood. Gallica relates to blood born diseases.
The Persians who were renowned for their exquisite gardens soon began to use the rose in their Pairidaeza’s (walled gardens) where the word paradise is derived from. Regarding the rose as a flower of great luxury, these pairidaeza’s soon became rose gardens. The structure of these gardens were quadrangular; four enclosures often divided by streams coming from a central fountain, a tree often positioned by the fountain for shade. Interestingly these paradises bore a distinct resemblance to the Garden of Eden described in Genesis. The Persian gardens first came to Europe through a combination of monastic influences on early mediaeval society and war.
Monastery gardens were often suppliers of flowers for the church, the altar, and medicinal purposes, as well as for the spiritual and aesthetic pleasures of the monks. Nuns in particular played an important part in spreading the work of flower gardening for medicinal uses. The Christian men and women were as much helped by the Moslem warriors as by the Crusaders in their horticultural activities. Like the Crusaders the Moslem Arabs were very much influenced by the Persian gardens, spreading them throughout their European dominions as early as the eighth century and taking the veneration of the rose which they had learnt in Persia, making it a sacred Moslem flower. One legend telling how the rose was born out of the sweat of Mohamed’s brow. Both the Arabs and Persians celebrated the rose as ‘messenger of the garden of souls’.
The Arab conquests of firstly Persia and Syria, secondly Egypt and southern Spain together with middle eastern influences on Europe, as a result of the Crusades, freed Paradises from their monastic endeintes and spread them abroad as courtly rose gardens.
One rose widely grown by the Persians was the Damask rose. A native of Damascus it became known as the Holy rose. A natural hybrid of the Gallica and the Pheonician musk, the Autumn Damask was reported to have been found growing on the Greek island of Samos towards the end of the tenth century where it was associated with the cult of Aphrodite. Later it was introduced to mainland Greece and eventually to Rome where it was considered to be connected to Venus.
An example of the Damask is Ispahan. As a rose essence Ispahan is to do with gratitude and graciousness, helpful for those who find it difficult to say thank you, and to be loved. Helping to attune one to the love aspect of the Divine sources working through the higher aspects of the heart to open the heart chakra. Physically it relates to the heart, helping promote wellbeing to this vital organ.
The Damask is also mentioned in Edward I’s Bill of Medicines. Adopted by Henry VIII as an emblem of his unique kingly powers, he had it incorporated into the royal order of the garter which was redesigned to include a red rose within a white rose alternating with a white rose within a red – the Tudor rose. The holy oil used at coronation ceremonies and still used today is said to be prepared from a recipe described in the Bible and containing rose oil.
The rose had soon been adopted by the Christians as a symbol of Mary and her immaculate conception and indeed with Christ himself. The deep purple red petals symbolising his blood and the five wounds he received during his crucifixion. There are so many interesting stories relating the rose to Christianity, including the story of St Thérèse of Liseux who to this day is reported to manifest roses as a sign of answering a prayer. This was her promise before her death. Pagan tradition used the rose as tokens and symbols of love, particularly in death rituals representing both the pain and pleasures of love. Fragments of Alba Maxima have been found in the burial chambers of the ancient Egyptians showing evidence of their use of the rose in their rituals, again to do with death.
As a vibrational essence Alba Maxima is to do with the mother and mothering, helping those who have lacked this quality in their lives. Alba Maxima helps in the bonding process between mother and child. Relating to the female reproductory organs it is the remedy for problems to do with birth and motherhood. On higher levels it links to the Divine Mother, and her influence, strengthening the intuitive side of our nature.
Herbalists have favoured the use of the rose in their medical concoctions to heal the body. Nostradamus was reported to have also been a healer, using rose oils as part of his healing techniques.
Today in what is being referred to as Vibrational Medicine (flower essences included) i.e. the vibration or pattern found in sound, colours and all nature. These various vibrations can produce a healing effect on those whose own vibration is compatible with the particular vibrational medicine used.
The work of a group of people in Oxfordshire has led to the production of a range of essences made from roses. These essences have been called Church Farm Roses, Church Farm being the place where the first essences were prepared. Just as the beauty and mystery of the rose spread throughout the world from the effects of war, Church Farm Roses were ‘born’ from a job which was to restore harmony to a house in Church Lane, Witney, which had been vandalised in the worst imaginable way. Whilst working in the house the group intuitively felt the need to visit St. Mary’s church at the end of the lane. From there the group began to establish contact with a loving energy far beyond the understanding of the human mind. This energy seemingly represents a collective consciousness very much concerned with love and its many different aspects. Through working with this energy the group were step by step guided through a series of discoveries, which eventually led to the production of the rose essences.
There are at present seventeen essences, all relating to different physical, emotional, and higher conditions of human nature. So far mentioned have been – Gallica, Ispahan, and Alba Maxima. One or two more are as follows: Louise Odier, the essence associated with the heart, and heart energies, with human and Divine love. Physically relating to the heart and heart problems, emotionally to heartache, grief and stress; spiritually helping to awaken a sense of love and beauty, creativity and an awareness of our higher nature. Louise Odier is a Bourbon rose categorised as an old rose, i.e. roses that are an established species crossed with a China Rose. The China rose appearing at the end of the eighteen century, when travellers travelled east. Mary Rose – the protector on all levels. Associated with the immune system on a physical level, emotionally the nervous system and spiritually protecting from negative influences. The Mary Rose is an example of the English Rose. English roses resulted from the crossing of an old rose with a Hybrid tea rose or Floribunda.
Swan is another English rose essence and is to do with the digestive system. Physically relating to the lower gut and intestines. Emotionally helping to resolve feelings of peevishness and jealousy, Spiritually bringing an awareness of grace.
Unlike other flower essences Church Farm Roses are prepared by moonlight. Once prepared each batch of remedies are placed in a grid of clear quartz crystals and offered to ‘God’ for blessings according to Divine Will. They are then potted in a carrier cream, which is simple for anyone to use. This is a painstaking process and all those involved give their time freely and with love as part of their own journey of service towards Unity.
Church Farm Roses is a non commercial enterprise, any advertising or publicity is to simply help them be known. Judging from the growing numbers of letters and phone calls received telling how helpful users have found them, they are proving to be very effective. Like all vibrational medicine they are best diagnosed intuitively, with trust and faith. We all intuitively know all levels of our own needs. The Rose essences are a gentle and loving way to help us become aware of those needs and any corrective measures we may need to take.
I have purposefully included a short history of the rose to illustrate how its veneration and therapeutic qualities have been adopted by all creeds and cultures since it was first discovered. This is to emphasise the mystery which has always surrounded its presence here on earth. I felt this particularly relevant since flower essences relate to all levels of wellbeing. They are not simply accepted as a cure for the symptomatic manifestations of a deeper or higher cause, but can actually reach that cause.
The ‘healing’ properties of flower essences are shown to us through the intuitive side of our nature, which enables us to perceive the interior or higher aspects of flowers, in this case roses.
Once prepared Church Farm Roses were sent to a laboratory in Australia, where they were tested for the stabilisation of their energy patterns, and an intuitive diagnosis for their ‘healing’ properties. The latter corresponded with the group’s own intuitive information.
I have not included a full account of Church Farm Rose essences, as it would take on too many other subjects. It is a fascinating story in itself. However, if anyone is interested I would be happy to share it with them.
Case Studies from Church Farm Roses Ruth had gone on holiday to Spain. During the holiday she had been bitten by an insect. The bite became infected, and Ruth decided she had better have it treated. However, in spite of the medical treatment she received the bite continued to fester now causing much pain and inflammation. She was beginning to get alarmed, and it was spoiling her holiday. Then she remembered the pot of comfort cream she had ‘thrown’ into her bag at the last minute. Applying the cream immediately, and later before going to bed, brought instant relief to the pain, and the following morning the inflammation was much improved. Ruth continued to apply the cream and in a couple of days there was no trace of the bite at all. Like so many others Ruth now keeps a jar of comfort cream handy all the time.
Eileen stopped me in the village one day to ask if I was the lady who had the healing creams. As we chatted I couldn’t help noticing that in spite of the fact it was a very hot day she was wearing gloves. As I was explaining myself she immediately began to remove the gloves showing me her hands which were covered in a blistery infection. She told me the doctors had tried everything over the two years she had been suffering from the disorder and she had now given up hope that they would find a cure. We made a time for her to visit me. Showing her how to intuitively choose a cream she chose Alba Maxima without any hesitation. I had seen at once that Eileen was herself a very sensitive person. I had also sensed a problem around her mother. As I broached the subject she burst into tears and the sad story unfolded. Eileen’s mother had died two years ago in circumstances that left Eileen feeling very guilty. Being sensitive she had intuitively gone to the root causes, choosing a remedy for issues around the mother rather than the cream Alexander which is the remedy for breathing and skin problems. We continued to work together on the issues around her mother’s death, and at the same time Eileen applied Alba Maxima directly onto her hands. In two weeks her hands were completely clear. I saw her in our local pub a few months later. She waved across at me, shouting “Look no gloves!”
J. was a customer of my husband. Chatting to him one day revealed that his wife suffered from insomnia, so much so that it was becoming a serious problem, lamenting that they had tried everything and nothing seemed to be helping. I told him about the rose essences, and gave him a leaflet. He took one but said he wasn’t very hopeful that she would try them. Two or three days later I had a call from his wife inquiring about the creams. I explained it would be best if she could come and have a chat, so we could get to the cause of the problem. But no, she just wanted me to send her Sweet Juliet, the essence reported to help insomnia. I did as she asked, feeling disappointed that there wouldn’t be a chance to talk. A week or so later I was passing their shop, and she called me in. “That cream you gave me was fantastic,” she greeted me, telling me how she had not only slept through the night but overslept, making her late for work. “It’s a good job I work for myself,” she laughed. She also told me she was continuing to sleep through the night. J’s wife is just one of the many who have had sleep problems relieved by using Sweet Juliet.