The Orchid is the flower that most of all has solicited such a richness of emotions and has often been addressed with special festivities and celebrations, thanks to its prominence and its charm.
Obvious, right? After all, from the origins until nowadays, the most precious things for humans are those that have aroused intensified emotions: such as gold, for which rivers of blood have been shed in order to enjoy its possession; or the diamond, simple carbon atoms capable of retaining and reflecting light like no other….One could go on, but among these examples there are also certain flowers and, specifically the Orchid, which has always represented intense beauty emotions, joy, well-being, purity, so not only a magnificent flower, but a precious and meaningful object.
For the Chinese it was the symbol of Spring, that is, of awakening, joy and colors, and of course it was used against infertility, a still in use practice. Not surprisingly, the Orchid is the flower that most of all is associated with sexuality. Confucius himself appreciated its virtues, its scent and its beauty.
For some peoples of Oceania and for all the peoples of Polynesia, the Orchid is the symbol of purity and desire for unity, worn mainly by women as a message of virginity and sensuality and therefore used in the most intimate situations and in seduction strategies.
For the Aztecs, the “Vanilla” bean was one of the characteristic ingredients of their so-called sacred drinks, the use of which was allowed only to emperors and priests.
In some Amazonian tribes, villages were built precisely in the presence of Orchids: the more different species were present, the more the place was considered sacred and able to eradicate the evil spirits of the forest.
At the Lakota of North America, the removal of the flower from the stem was allowed only to shamans and was used in sacred ritual dances for purifying purposes.
In old Europe, it was especially in the Victorian period that this magnificent flower made our ancestors fall in love, who gave to Orchid a symbol of prestige and class, precisely because the plant came from very distant and exotic countries and was considered difficult to grow. For many centuries, however, it had also been considered an aphrodisiac flower and therefore used for the preparation of love potions or potions against infertility.
Another meaning behind the Orchid is sensuality and luxury. Like all exotic and expensive substances, the first use was the aphrodisiac one, in fact the roots of the orchid were crushed and then swallowed, or used for the preparation of special beers. Since then, intense and serious botanical studies began in Europe that have led us to know the flower even at a molecular level. And nowadays it can be said that its very important actives bring countless benefits, not quite the aphrodisiac ones, but if anyone would to believe it……