Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
This article presents more herbs that can be used in tussie mussies to express specific sentiments.
For someone’s retirement or as a form of congratulations, there are several herbs that express this thought. Sage stands for esteem, wisdom, and long life. Mugwort expresses pleasant journeys. Bay denotes achievement and fame. Chervil means sincerity. Chives and other flowering herbs in the onion family mean good fortune and prosperity. In addition, chives can mean usefulness. Thyme stands for daring.
Opal basil has a slightly different meaning than ordinary culinary basil. Opal stands for good wishes, which would make it a suitable expression for those who have experienced either good times or bad times. Lady’s mantle could serve the same purpose for it stands for protection.
Dill can be interpreted as good cheer as well as perseverance in the event of personal or economic setbacks.
Aloe stands for healing, and protection from harm. It can also be used to express sorrow.
Elecampane stands for tears, making it suitable for sorrowful occasions.
There are a number of herbs that can be used to express love. Myrtle stands for love, while motherwort means secret love. Lavender spells out love and devotion. Naturally, forget-me-not means true love. Bay signifies no change until death. Rosemary is obviously for remembrance. Violets express faithfulness and devotion. However, white violets have a slightly different meaning as they stand for innocence. Tarragon stands for lasting involvement. Southernwood would be a good choice for a loved one since it signifies constancy.
For virtue, there is bee balm, and lavender cotton, which is also called santolina. Coriander means hidden worth. Both peppermint and spearmint would be good for a friend since they hold warm feelings. Sweet woodruff means a humble spirit, while salad burnet would signify a cheerful disposition.
Iris can express various sentiments, including a message of hope, courage, and faith. This makes it useful for ill individuals and for those going through hard times and losses.
Rue stands for grief, while lemon balm means sympathy and regeneration.
Some herbs have more than one meaning. Depending on the circumstances, you can use artemisias to mean tranquility, good luck, or happiness.