From the earliest times, various indigenous groups, including Australian Aborigines, have used flowers for a variety of beneficial effects, including for the resolution of specific emotional imbalances.
Flowers were so much an intrinsic part of the day-to-day lives of Australian Aborigines that they used the flowering of trees in their local vicinity to determine the yearly calendar. For example, the annual flowering of the Sarsaparilla trees signals that it is time to go on walkabout in certain regions of Australia. Aborigines also used flowers in ritual ceremonies for healing by ingesting certain flowers. Many flowers were also featured in their Dreamtime stories, telling the tale of creation and the evolution of their race. Flowers have also been used in the wider human context for many purposes.
Ancient cultures used flowers in burial ceremonies as evidenced by the vestiges of plant material found in the earliest known burial chambers located in Iran. In India, early Sanskrit records describe how the lotus flower was used, and is still today, to depict the various energy centres that make up the human energetic anatomy.
The four-petaled lotus was assigned to the Base chakra and the thousand-petaled lotus to the Crown chakra to differentiate the energy frequency of the lower physical body from the upper mental capacity of the body. Flowers are used today to convey feelings and sentiment, especially where words are not adequate to communicate the depth of empathy.
Examples include flowers at a funeral to convey sadness and grief, on Mother’s Day to express gratitude, or to tell a love of undying devotion on Valentine’s Day.