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Jakarta Post

The healing power of flowers

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 25 2009   /  03:17 pm

Jennifer Aniston says it keeps her cool under pressure. Cate Blanchett swears by it, and Salma Hayek has been a fan for years. What could deserve such compliments? Flower essence therapy. Long before it gained this kind of modern popularity, flower therapy was part of many traditions. You might be familiar with the traditional ritual of a flower bath - or siraman - in Javanese culture. Considered able to wash away bad luck and restore positive energy, the flower bath can form part of a wedding ceremony or be used to help heal people who are ill. However, the place of flowers in holistic healing traditions around the world goes beyond this kind of local belief. You might have heard that flowers can have therapeutic effects, but what you know is probably based only on how their colors can refresh your mood or their scents relax you. The miracle of flowers, however, is ...