Common Names: Garden Peony, Common Peony
Indications: Supports the transformation of states of sadness and despair helping you to find your inner joy and peace
The stunningly beautiful peony is hard to ignore, she generously produces large blossom after blossom in shades of pink, white and magenta. Her lovely fragrance fills the air. Every year the plant spreads wider and offers more abundance.
A native of Asia and China's unofficial national flower, the peonies get their name from the Greek word Paeon. In Greek mythology, Paeon was the physician to the gods who angered his teacher Asclepius after he extracted a milky liquid from the root of a peony that cured Pluto. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. He threatened to kill Paeon out of jealousy because he was outsmarting his teacher. Zeus saved him by turning him into a beautiful flower, the peony.
Another myth links the name peony back to a nymph named Paeonia whose beauty attracted the attention of Apollo. Out of spite, Aphrodite turned her into a peony. This legend is likely what led to the flower’s meaning of poor luck in the Victorian age and interestingly a causation from the practice of feng shui to never put a vase of peonies in your bedroom as they may influence your partner to stray.
It’s hard not to feel joy in the presence of a peony, she beams at you with generosity as if there were no limits to her offerings. Shear happiness is commodity that you can’t really ever have too much of, it is a state of well-being that indicates you feel good about yourself and your life.
True happiness does not rely on a perfect life with perfect relationships, and lots of money. It is an attitude of optimism that can meet adversity with positive energy and creative solutions.
Even the happiest of individuals will feel blue or down sometimes because that is the natural flow of authentic emotions that occur when living a full life. True happiness is not a Polly Anna disregard for events, rather an abiding ability to feel inspired and active and to see possibilities before you.
The bright and lovely Peony flower essence offers you just that- a sense of well-being, joy and peace of mind to meet feelings of sadness or despair and to help you to see and know the beauty that surrounds you and that you can literally allow to stream through you now.
Research shows that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures, getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond yourself will increase life satisfaction. Population studies continue to show us that some of the world's poorest people are the most content, happy and grateful.
If you have been struggling with equilibrium in your emotions allow the beautiful peony flower essence to come into your heart and expand your perspective to see the light and love around you. As sad as things may appear to you now, you need to remember that you are resilient and these experiences you are going through will look better in the morning, when the rising suns light and the dew drops on the peony’s pretty petals offer you a new day for you to step into with refreshed passion and joy given freely by a Creator Spirit who truly loves you.
The root, bark, seed and flowers were all believed to have medicinal uses in eastern Asia and Europe. Ancient Greeks and christians from the Middle Ages believed peonies were a symbol for healing. They were used to treat stomach pains, bladder issues, jaundice and even nightmares.