Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Tussie mussies are an old fashioned kind of floral arrangement that is enjoying a comeback. These are also known as nosegays. The idea of a tussie mussie is twofold. You end up with a tiny floral design you can hold in your hand. In addition, you can create a gift arrangement for a loved one that expresses a particular sentiment in the language of flowers. By choosing the herbs and flowers carefully, you can send almost any kind of message you want.
Here are some general ideas on how to use herbs in tussie mussies. For example, for someone who is ill you would use different kinds of herbs than you would for a joyous, happy occasion, such as the birth of a child or a promotion.
For upbeat, happy occasions, there are a number of suitable herbs. Among the most desirable would be the scented geranium, which in the language of flowers expresses sheer happiness. Parsley sprigs would also serve well for these stand for joy, merriment, and festivity. Marjoram would certainly be appropriate for happy occasions as it signifies pure joy.
Others that can be used to express joy would include sweet cicely, which means mirth and gladness.
For those going through a period of grief or hard times, you could select from the following herbs. In this case you want species that will either express grief, sorrow, and sadness. This will let the recipient know you understand their concerns. In addition, you could also include certain other herbs that signify hope for the future.
For those who are ill or injured, yarrow would be a very good choice since it stands for health. Chamomile denotes fortitude, which would also be a suitable sentiment for this occasion. For the same reason, fennel would serve well since it means endurance. Borage is similar for it refers to bravery, which would make it suitable for both people who are sick and those who are grieving. Goldenrod would be a good herb for both of these occasions as it stands for encouragement.