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6 Plants You Need in Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

February 16, 2017

Poor sleep can be caused by a number of things, like stress, too much caffeine and even late night cell phone usage (but let’s face it, when else are you going to catch up on your Facebook timeline?). This might be why the National Sleep Foundation found that lack of sleep is affecting more Americans than ever before – 130 million be exact. Believe it or not, there are actually a number of plants that have been proven to help induce sleep.

Gardenia

Simply smelling the flower has the ability to leave you feeling tired and groggy. After testing the effects of gardenia on mice, a German study found that these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA. Many people in Europe have even began supplementing their sleeping pills with gardenia flowers.

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14 Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

February 1, 2017

While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. But just how many flowers, candy and teddy bears is it really?

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few fun facts about our most beloved holiday.

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Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

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How Flowers and Herbs Can Help Fight the Flu

January 31, 2017

It happens every year like clockwork – one of your coworkers comes in feeling a bit under the weather and suddenly half the office is sharing a box of tissues. Unfortunately, the average adult will catch two colds a year. And because a cold and flu are viral, you’ll find little relief in antibiotics – presumably leaving you vulnerable to the aches, chills and congestion that comes along with a bad cold or flu.

Herbal Tea for Preventing Colds

While there may not be a cure for the common cold (yet!), there are plenty of natural remedies you can take to reduce your likelihood of becoming sick. For thousands of years, people have reaped the benefits of herbal supplements, and now – you can too! Continue Reading…

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10 Facts That Will Make You Rethink Love and Romance

January 28, 2017

It seems like John Lennon was right when he said, “love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.” Romance is a complex mixture of panic, excitement, and joy. And while you may feel as though love and affection are entirely up to you, there’s actually a lot of science going on behind the scenes that you may not even realize. Here are some fun facts about romance you may not have known:

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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

According to researchers, it only takes 4 minutes to decide whether or not you like someone. Maybe that’s why we put so much stress on a first date! Hugging someone actually releases a chemical from your brain called oxytocin. When this hormone is released, it triggers feelings of intimacy and comfort. Continue Reading…

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How To Say “Beautiful” in Different Languages

January 13, 2017

Beautiful… one simple word with infinite meaning all over the world.

  • We say it when we’re talking to our significant others to tell them they’re beautiful inside and out.
  • We say it when we’re taking in the beauty of our surroundings.
  • We say it when we look at flowers.
  • Sometimes, we don’t even need to speak the word, we can just look at something or someone with such heartfelt admiration that they know.

No matter what language you say beautiful in, the strength of the word is undeniable.

Make the word “beautiful” even more meaningful by learning how to say it in 50 different languages. Perfect for Valentine’s Day to tell your sweetie, or just because you love them everyday. “Beautiful” isn’t just for lovers either, saying it to your children, mom, or best friend totally works, too.

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All About Lavender

January 5, 2017

Not only does lavender smell and look beautiful, but it’s therapeutic, too! Lavender flowers are comprised of multiple purple florets on long narrow stems, spiking above the foliage. If you’ve ever looked out over a lavender field, you know the hypnotizing elegance that these types of flowers have. But aside from the beauty that the purple blossoms bring, did you know that lavender also has a multitude of uses? It’s true! Read on to learn all about lavender, from it’s history to facts!

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How Flowers Were Once Used To Deliver Messages

December 9, 2016

The Meaning of Victorian Flower MessagesToday, most people use flowers as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and promotions. However, flowers weren’t always used as such – back in the 19th century, Victorians used to present one another with gifts as a way to deliver secret messages.

Floriography

Floriography is the term people use to describe Victorian flower language (if you need something to compare it to in the modern world, you can think of their use of flowers to be similar to the way we use emojis). Overtime floriography became so popular and widespread thanks to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, and between the years 1827 and 1923, you could find at least 98 different flower dictionaries across the United States.

Flower Messages During the Victorian Era

Flowers were primarily used to deliver messages that were so secret or unconventional at the time that they couldn’t be spoken aloud. And although not all books and dictionaries agreed on the same meanings, people during this time period were generally able to understand the messages being sent based on factors such as the way flowers were presented and the condition of the flowers. Here are some examples: Continue Reading…

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8 Popular Types of Christmas Greens

December 2, 2016

The holiday season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge about certain holiday related topics. The first topic on our list is Christmas greens – how many different types can you name off? Check out a few different types below:

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Flower Inspired Baby Names

November 30, 2016

There are few things more exciting than choosing a name for your baby! However, we know that with all of the choices available, it can also come with feelings of anxiety at times. In addition to the endless possibilities that you might think up, it’s inevitable that friends and family members will also give their input–whether it’s welcome or not! But, keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to decide on a name! Whether you’re choosing a traditional family name with lots of meaning, or a unique name to set your child apart, there’s one rule of thumb when selecting a name for your little one–pick something you love!

List of Flower Baby Names for Girls & Boys

If you’re having a hard time settling on a name for your baby, look around for inspiration. Are you inspired by the beauty of a rose? Or perhaps the delicateness of daffodil is something that speaks to you. Flowers bring happiness and beauty into our lives, often having strong symbolic meanings behind their names. These sweet baby names inspired by flowers will be sure to be a perfect fit for your little blooming bundle of joy: Continue Reading…

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Top 11 Poinsettia Facts

November 28, 2016

Happy holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone’s focus is on all of the fun holiday happenings that come with the end of the year – we know that’s what we’re thinking about! Between decorating, shopping and holiday parties alone, there are so many awesome things about the last few weeks of December.

But let’s go back to the decorating part for a moment – did you know that poinsettias are one of the most popular flowers associated with the Christmas season? Since you’ll probably see tons of poinsettia displays as you shop around town this month, get to know more about them by checking out these awesome poinsettia facts below.

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