Chrysanthemum pics via Photobucket. Chrysanthemum info via What’s My Birth Flower?.
Hello, my lovelies. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Here we are with November’s birth flower, the Chrysanthemum [genus: Chrysanthemum]. Also called “mums” for short, chrysanthemums are one of the world’s most popular flower. First cultivated in China during 15th century BC, mums are symbolic in many parts of Asia including East Asia, Japan, China, and Korea. Mums are considered to be “one of the Four Gentlemen in art and has high significance during the Double Ninth Festival“. Mums are symbolized in Japan, during the Japanese Festival of Happiness.
In China, Japan, and Korea white chrysanthemums symbolize grief, while in other countries they symbolize honesty. Mums also symbolize love and cheerfulness and blooms in red, pink, mauve, and orange.
Chrysanthemum tea is widely used medicinally. The ancient Chinese used chrysanthemum tea to cure illnesses “related to blood and weight”. Other uses today include healing for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dizziness. It is also said to be helpful in clearing the liver and eyestrain.
Here’s what I wore for November’s birth flower. I kept the outfit simple and focused on my hair. I went for a belly dance-inspired look:
I also kept my makeup pretty simple. I just wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup.
November is almost over. My, how time flies! One more month and it’ll be a new year. 2015 has been a pretty good year, I must say. But I’m looking forward to 2016. Stay tuned for a couple of year-in-review posts, coming up soon.
Love & Shimmies,