Saturday, December 13, 2008

Meaning and Symbolic Chrysanthemum

Flower is symbol for every moment. No matter what we are celebrating, a new baby, a birthday or anniversary, whether we want to say thank you, congratulations, get well or we always thinking of flower.
Symbols of wealth, fidelity and truth, chrysanthemums have been grown in Chinese gardens for more than 2,000 years. A gift of chrysanthemum flowers conveys your pure intentions, whether to a spouse, friend or business associate.

With a history that dates back to 15th century B.C., chrysanthemum mythology is filled with a multitude of stories and symbolism. Named from the Greek prefix “chrys-“ meaning golden (its original color) and “-anthemion,” meaning flower, years of artful cultivation have produced a full range of colors, from white to purple to red
Daisy-like with a typically yellow center and a decorative pompon, chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and joy. They’re the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower and the official flower of the city of Chicago.
In Japan, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year.
A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Miracle of Green Tea

Miracle, this is my favorite word, sometimes I have a difficult problem I always hope Miracle will happened and I face it, not only in the problem, but every thing with the Miracle I'll like to read it. Usually the Miracle things always useful in our life, how about Tea? this beverage we always drink it, so let's know about Miracle of Green Tea.

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
- Cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- High cholesterol levels
- Cariovascular disease
- Infection
- Impaired immune function

What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

After we know this miracle, we should try to drink it regular, for our healthy and with some cookies accompany us :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Crysant Moon Look Upside

I just saw the picture of Crysant Flower, very nice with that color, but I ask my self, is it real? When I read they write at this picture, yes it is real.

I also read some question about this flower that I never know before, why does the crysant moon look upside down near equator. I was confused, is it Crysant can look upside? Not logic for me, but I read the answer from other, like that:
The crescent moon doesn't always look upside down near the equator. If you are looking at a rising moon right before sunrise the crescent will point towards the horizon, if after sunrise it will point upwards. Similarly, if you are looking at the a setting moon before sunset it will point up, and after sunset it will point downwards.
Most commonly, people will notice the moon either before the sunrises or after it sets because the sky is dimmer and the moon appears brighter. So normally, people think of the crescent moon whether rising or setting as pointing towards the horizon.
1 year ago.
After I read all I just realized, That Crysant moon in that question is deffrent with Crysant flower that I talk before :(

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Usage of Flowers

In modern times, people have sought ways to cultivate, buy, wear, or otherwise be around flowers and blooming plants, partly because of their agreeable appearance and smell. Around the world, people use flowers for a wide range of events and functions that, cumulatively, encompass one's lifetime:

For new births or Christenings
As a corsage or boutonniere to be worn at social functions or for holidays
As tokens of love or esteem
For wedding flowers for the bridal party, and decorations for the hall
As brightening decorations within the home
As a gift of remembrance for bon voyage parties, welcome home parties, and "thinking of you" gifts
For funeral flowers and expressions of sympathy for the grieving
People therefore grow flowers around their homes, dedicate entire parts of their living space to flower gardens, pick wildflowers, or buy flowers from florists who depend on an entire network of commercial growers and shippers to support their trade.

Flowers provide less food than other major plants parts (seeds, fruits, roots, stems and leaves) but they provide several important foods and spices. Flower vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke. The most expensive spice, saffron, consists of dried stigmas of a crocus. Other flower spices are cloves and capers. Hops flowers are used to flavor beer. Marigold flowers are fed to chickens to give their egg yolks a golden yellow color, which consumers find more desirable. Dandelion flowers are often made into wine. Bee Pollen, pollen collected from bees, is considered a health food by some people. Honey consists of bee-processed flower nectar and is often named for the type of flower, e.g. orange blossom honey, clover honey and tupelo honey.

Hundreds of fresh flowers are edible but few are widely marketed as food. They are often used to add color and flavor to salads. Squash flowers are dipped in breadcrumbs and fried. Edible flowers include nasturtium, chrysanthemum, carnation, cattail, honeysuckle, chicory, cornflower, Canna, and sunflower. Some edible flowers are sometimes candied such as daisy and rose (you may also come across a candied pansy).

Flowers can also be made into herbal teas. Dried flowers such as chrysanthemum, rose, jasmine, camomile are infused into tea both for their fragrance and medical properties. Sometimes, they are also mixed with tea leaves for the added fragrance.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

History of the Chrysanthemum

"If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums." (a Chinese philosopher)

The chrysanthemum was first cultivated in China as a flowering herb and is described in writings as early as the 15th Century B.C. In fact, their pottery depicted the chrysanthemum much as we know it today. As an herb, it was believed to have the power of life. Legend has it that the boiled roots were used as a headache remedy; young sprouts and petals were eaten in salads; and leaves were brewed for a festive drink. The ancient Chinese name for chrysanthemum is "Chu." The Chinese city of Chu-Hsien (which means Chrysanthemum City) was so named to honor the flower.
Around the 8th century A.D., the chrysanthemum appeared in Japan. So taken were the Japanese with this flower that they adopted a single flowered chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. The chrysanthemum in the crest is a 16-floret variety called "Ichimonjiginu." Family seals for prominent Japanese families also contain some type of chrysanthemum called a Kikumon – "Kiku" means chrysanthemum and "Mon" means crest. In Japan, the Imperial Order of the Chrysanthemum is the highest Order of Chivalry. Japan also has a National Chrysanthemum Day, which is called the Festival of Happiness.
The chrysanthemum was first introduced into the Western world during the 17th Century. In1753 Karl Linnaeus, reknowned Swedish botanist, combined the Greek words chrysos, meaning gold with anthemon, meaning flower. All classes of chrysanthemums have both types of florets, but in many of the classes, the disc florets are not apparent. In those plants, the plant breeder uses a pair of scissors to uncover the disc florets for pollination and the development of new cultivars.
Since the chrysanthemum was first introduced into the United States during colonial times, its popularity has grown such that mums now reign as undisputed "Queen of the Fall Flowers." For many of us. An interesting contrast to the positive feelings many Americans have of the chrysanthemum (football games, house-warming presents, get-well thoughts), is that in many European countries the chrysanthemum is known as the death flower.
As a landscaping plant, the chrysanthemum makes a beautiful Fall display for the home garden. With skill and artistry, many varied effects can be achieved, even when only a small growing area is available.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Ever hear people talk to their plant? I don't know it's true or not, I mean the plant can hear they voice or not? have good effect to them? but many people who I know and usually they have their own garden, they said to me that every morning after week up they always go to garden, see some flowers or other plant and they talk to that plant, first time I didn't believed it, but they talked serious so I though they must said the true :)
For me flowers can give my mind relax, example : when i feel up set or I have bad mood, usually I leave my job for a moment, I will go to garden and see flowers at there with a glass of tea, relax my mind, but so bad I don't have garden, usually I just go to my friend garden.
Some time I have a dream if in my bed room i decorate with flowers around my room, so when I open my eyes every morning I can see the flowers, hhmmmm.... so sweet :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My First Blog : Chrysant

This is my first blog and this is my first posting, I have think more than one day to have know what must i write in here, maybe I better talk about how can I know about blogging, I have a close friend who always said her blog to me and suggest me to make a blog too, after I saw her blog I was interested too, in my mind I will make one too.
I think it's easy, just write our opinion, our activity or our feeling, but when I want write the first blog, I really don't know what must I write, I just realized some thing that we feel easy but the real is not easy like we feel, at least I still have spirit in my mind if we want learn some thing it will be our usual.
I have a reason why I choice Chrysant for my blog? Chrysant in a beautiful flower, every one know that and can be the tea, I like drink it sometimes, also I have a sweet memory in a place that name Chrysant too, so the first word in my mind when i start this blog is Chrysant.
At last I hope by this blog I can share to every body in the world :)