by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Language of Flower Meanings – In love & remembrance, True Love & Memories
This was my Mom’s favorite flowers! We grew these under our front living room window to add some color to the plowed up land (clay) my parents wanted to retire on.
- Myosotis scorpioides
- Genus: Myosotis
- Family: Boraginaceae
- Origin: Europe & Asia
There are a number of species names for this flower (M. sylvatica / M. scorpioides / M. alpestris) along with common names such as Wood Forget me Knot , Alpine Forget Me Not, Water Forget Me Not, Moose Forget Me Not and Scorpion Grass. A giant Forget Me Not like flower is called by the same name in Asia and used in tea recipes, however it is not a true Forget Me Not.
In modern times the Forget Me Not Flower is used as pastry decoration, garnish for recipes and salads and frozen in ice cubes for drinks. The flowers, stems and leaves are all used in make up for hair and skin for rejuvenation, whitening and anti-aging. This flower is rich in Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.
Traditionally it was used to stem nosebleeds, as an eye lotion and for wound care. The whole plant is astringent and ophthalmic.
This flower is edible though one is recommended to do so sparingly as it contains varying levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Folk Lore – awareness and expanded consciousness
The Forget Me Not Flower was infused with oil to make a salve or lotion for ones eyes to induce visions on August 27th! Perhaps this was in honour of either the:
- Wiccan Celebration for the Egyptian Goddess Isis – Partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus; guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers or,
- St. Monica’s Day – a Day of Visions
More on – The Secret Language of Flowers
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