August 12, 2012
Nasturtiums are one of my favorite garden flowers. I love to see them growing thick in a little world all on their own. A patch of nasturtiums always kind of looks like a beautiful little world all to its own.
I especially adore the leaves, because they look like miniature versions of lily or lotus pads, only floating in the air and not on water. The bright-colored flowers cheer up the landscape and what appears to be little teeth in the center of the flower give it a touch of joyful fierceness.
North of San Francisco, where I collected this flower essence from the magical garden of a friend of mine, the leaves were 6-8 inches in diameter, rivaling the size some of the lily pads in his pond!
If you're attracted to Nasturtium you may be feeling that life has become too routine. You might be craving more spiciness and flavor in your daily activities. Perhaps your day-to-day schedule that has gotten stagnant, or you're feeling trapped in the daily grind, leaving you yearning for exploration and freedom.
Alternatively, you may be feeling plain, ordinary or doubtful of yourself, craving you-know-who's-attention, or have a strong desire to discover what makes you special. It's also possible you may be feeling the blues, for no apparent reason!
As a flower elixir, Nasturtium brings in more joy and spontaneity. Whenever life starts to feel dull, routine or bland, Nasturtium helps us add more spice to life!
Nasturtium will enhance a feeling of contentment and happiness. It also helps you see where and how you are unique. When we feel sad, left out, or unwanted, Nasturtium helps us be more spontaneous and rely less on attention from others. It helps you do something unexpected, explore what you’re curious about, embrace what brings you joy and discover a new sense of wonder.
Move closer to what brings you joy and be open to surprises with Nasturtium. Allow yourself to explore new hobbies or things you’ve always wanted to try. Be aware of synchronicity and know you’re in the right place at the right time.
Nasturtiums are native to Central and South America, and their colors match their spiciness - the flowers ranging from fiery orange to crimson and sunny yellow. In most regions of the U.S., Nasturtium makes a beautiful floral ground cover, or plant them in your garden. Nasturtiums are hardy and easy to grow, whether in a pot or in the ground, flourishing in moist climates.
Nasturtium flowers are edible too! The actual meaning of Nasturtium is ‘nose-twister’ or ‘nose- tweaker.’ Even though the plant is not technically related to the genus Nasturtium (watercress, mustard, wasabi and other spicy plants), it was given the name Nasturtium because of its peppery bite.
Have you ever eaten a Nasturtium flower or leaf? It’s amazing to eat a flower that has a spicy kick! Though it’s a common garden flower, many people do not know that it is edible and can be added to salads and savory dishes for a spicy twist. What’s more, it’s packed with nutrients, containing large amounts of Vitamin C and the highest amount of lutein available in any edible plant. Infused in vinegar, the seeds can even be eaten like capers.
In herbal medicine, Nasturtiums are used as a remedy for chest colds and to enhance new blood cell growth. The spicy kick of the flower warms up the body and gives it a jump-start.
Magnifies: Joy, contentment, spontaneity, synchronicity, feeling like you’re in the right place and right time, ability to be and celebrate your unique self, dancing to your own beat.
Dissolves: Sorrow, feeling plain, ordinary or unwanted, feeling bored or under-engaged, sense of life as being too routine or bland.
Love + flower petals,