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Peony-Plant of Healing. 
Happy Life and Prosperity.
It is believed that Peony is named after Paeon (also known as Paean), who was a healing deity who had healed Hadesí and Aresí wounds. The flower myth related, says that Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing. He was once instructed by Leto (Apollo's mother and goddess of fertility) to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth. Asclepius became jealous and threatened to kill his pupil.

paeony.jpg (13387 bytes) Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. However, peony seeds were actually used by pregnant women in ancient times.

Hellebore-Christmas Rose  
Madness and Delirium.
In Greek mythology, Melampus, the great seer, used this plant as a herb to cure the madness of King Proetus' daughters and other Greek women, who lost their minds and roamed wildly through the mountains and the desert of Tiryns, thinking they were cows.  As a result, Melampus and his brother Bias gained a fortune (two thirds of King Proetus' kingdom) becoming the husbands of the princesses they had cured. 

achillea.jpg (11609 bytes)Achillea-Yarrow   
Dispute and Quarrels   
It is named after the hero Achilles of Homer's Iliad, who was said to have been giving this plant to his soldiers (the legendary Mirmidones) to help stop the bleeding from their wounds during the Trojan War.  Modern tests on this plant have shown that it does indeed contain chemicals that help blood to clot. It is also called "devil's plaything" because people in the past believed that placing yarrow under their pillow would make them dream of matters of love.






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