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Rakhi is the name for Passion Flower.

So why name this blog Free Rakhi?   Because if I could give flowers to all the world and I could do it free.

I would.

I love flowers and they have long since been in the history of our world as signs of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, CELEBRATION and for SENSATIONAL Relaxation.

This blog is meant to explore all types of flowers and a little bit of Indian culture.

I absolutely love Rakhi and I’m obsessed with Indian Garmets that are popping up all over the world!

Rakhi reminds me of the word Raku so I might even talk about that because just like the Rakhi, Raku is mysterious and beautiful.

So what does a Rakhi look like anyways?

This:

Passionflower

Isn’t it Cool!   It’s a very unique and advance flower.  Not only that, it also have medicinal properties!  However, don’t confuse this flower with the passionflower that is native to Nashville.  They are 2 different species.

Rakhi passionflower is used for anxiety, sleep problems, nervousness, Stomach and Intestine problems and narcotic withdrawals.

It can also be used for asthma (which I suffer from…so I should try this!) ADD (I probably have that too….hey look!  A fly!), and many other ailments that I’ll explore on this blog.

My intention is to not only discuss my love for flowers but to also show you my love for plants in general and their medicinal properties!

Plants are amazing!

Now, back to Rakhi.

Rakhi is actually approved by the U.S. Government as and over-the-counter sleep aid!  Crazy huh?
It makes me think that all those poppies in The Wizard of Oz should have been passion flowers instead.

For one, the Rakhi is way prettier than a poppy (just my humble opinion).  I’m sick of seeing poppies on everything.

It’s time to give Rakhi the spot light!  PassionFlower POWER!

I wonder what the first person who saw a passion flower thought.  I bet you it was amazing.

If you’ve never seen these spectacular flowers in person, you need to hop on the Bus (or the limo!) and go to a Botanical Garden or anywhere that these beauties grow.

They truly are an amazing plant!

Flowers and plants are not just for funerals and weddings.

They are more than just a beautiful arrangement in a vase on the table as well!

In my years i have seen many uses of plants.  This little blog post is going to address a few.

Remember last time we talked about Rakhi and how it has medicinal purposes. I thought it might be nice to discuss other plants and medicine as well.

Aloe, a prevalent  house plant, is a very medicinal plant.  It’s juices can be used internally for constipation and blockage of the bowels.  That is only one use!

aloe

I used aloe when I got a 3rd degree sun burn while competing in a sand building contest to win a limousine ride!  I won but I paid the price with my skin.

Thank goodness for the medicinal power of Aloe at that time in my life.  I would rub the aloe juices all up and down my back while wearing a cotton (another plant) shirt!  Eventually I healed but the aloe helped to soothe the pain and the burn from my carelessness.

Aloe is also used in many lotions and shampoos to offer a soothing skin conditioner.  I haven’t tried it for just that yet but I’m sure it must work because it is in a LOT of stuff.

Another common plant you see out an about being advertised with a medicinal power is the cute little chamomile flower.  It looks a lot like a daisy except it is generally no larger than your thumbnail and it smells absolutely divine.

Easy to grow, this little (kind of like a weed) plant can be cultivated easily in your back yard garden.

You find the essence of this plant in teas and lotions and with the medicinal effect of  “calming” the nervous system.

I’ve had chamomile tea but I’m still on the fence if it helps calm my mind or not. I do however believe that the scent could very well attribute to a calmer mood when used in a lotion.

Since I mentioned essence earlier, I want to talk about that.

Flower essence.  I once knew a lady who was into Taro Cards and she would extract flower essence into her bowl of water by placing it out in the sun all day.

I remember seeing oils slick the top of the water from this method.

Back to the Taro Cards. Apparently these things can tell you about your future.  So this lady friend of mind would provide a service where she would read your Taro Cards and then create a customized Flower Essence mix that would help you achieve your goals and what not.

She would take the oily water and mix it into a small container with BRANDY.  I can’t make this up.

It was very medicinal tasting and I was sure to get well quickly so I didn’t have to sit through a Taro reading and get new flower essence treatments.

Right now I wish that my eyes would stay open so I could continue telling you about my flower essence friends.

Because I am drowsy, I will let you guys go .   Next time…Medicinal plants  #3