Monday, June 6, 2011

Precious Peonies

More amazing Peonies are in blossom right now, all of the little roots planted in the past few years have matured to present gorgeous fragrant flowers. I have brought several flowers into my treatment room and the fragrance is intoxicating.
 The actual word 'Peony' and the genus name Paeonia is derived from the Greek physician Paion who was the physician to the gods and mythological being who discovered medicinal applications of herbs.
 Pliny the Elder (ca. A.D. 23-79) claimed that Paeonia was the most ancient of all medicinals that could cure many diseases.
In Chinese Herbal Medicine, Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan Radicis) is the bark of the plant, it is used in Chinese herbal formulas and falls into the category of Herbs That Cool the Blood.  The bark is generally harvested from mature plants that are between three to five years of age.

 There is a belief that if you sleep next to Peony flowers you will have expansive dreams!
Peonies are related to the Sun and the element of Fire.
Phenol compounds in the leaves and flowers are believed to keep little garden four legged friends from eating the plants. All of these pictures are of Peonies from my garden. 

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