Flower Therapy is fast becoming the buzzword in complementary medicine. Its safe healing powers and extraordinary ability to bring about a cure that is holistic in nature is creating a revolution of sorts. Its popularity reinforces the need for conventional medicine to take a good look at its practice of treating the disease, not the person.
India’s mind-boggling reservoir of flora and fauna makes it a veritable paradise for practitioners of Flower Therapy, or even just lovers of nature. Though Indian Flower Remedies are only recently being discovered by the world, flowers had woven their delicate petals into the very fabric of Indian society, its rituals and traditions from time immemorial.
It is told that when Lord Buddha, in the course of a journey fell ill ,some Jain priests were able to treat him successfully with nectar served on a lotus petal. The story is an indication of the antiquity of Pushpa Ayurveda (Flower Therapy), which is now gaining attention all over the world.
Pushpa Ayurveda is a special branch of Ayurveda which was developed primarily by Jain priests. They were especially attracted to this therapy as it was closer to the Jain principle of ahimsa. Flower Therapy is the modern version of this age-old treatment existed in ancient India.
Sacred offerings for Gods
Flowers have always been revered and held sacred by Indians. No puja, prayer ceremony, marriage or funeral rite is complete without flower offerings. In fact, Indians associate many flowers with their religious deities. Therefore, there are specific flower offerings for every god. Flowers are believed to be charged by the power of the deities themselves.
The Angel’s Trumpet, flowers of the Cannon ball Tree and leaves from the Wood-apple Tree are usually associated with Lord Shiva. Devotees of the monkey god, Hanuman, offer flowers of the Swallow Wart on Saturdays. Ganesha, the god of prosperity and remover of obstacles is made offerings of the Red Hibiscus, as is the goddess Kali. The leaves of the Sacred Basil (tulsi), Mast and Mango tree and Frangipani flowers are used by the temple priests as an intrinsic part of all pujas. Flowers that are meant to be puja offerings are never smelled. Inhaling their fragrance means rendering them impure and unfit as an offering.
Thus flowers have always had a special place in the lives of Indians. It is on the basis of this strong and eternal bond that Indian Flower Therapy continues to bring forth miraculous cures, to heal and to rejuvenate.