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A history of love and flowers

by webdev

February 11, 2011

Humans have been enjoying the health and beauty benefits for flowers for thousands of years. The vibrant colors offered by these buds has been used to symbolize love for just as long - or maybe even much longer.

The Washington Post estimate that flower gifts go back to the days of the Neanderthals, several hundred thousand years ago. Even then, it seemed that primitive humans understood the importance of flowers and used them in ceremonies and rituals.

Palynologist Arlette Leroi-Gourhan has found signs that buds were even used in ancient tombs, which she believes indicates that Neanderthals were often buried with garlands of flowers, the news source reports.

The healing properties of flowers have also been found to be time-tested solutions, as there is evidence that our ancestors used plants such as hollylock, horsetail and yarrow to cure maladies.

Those who are looking to follow the long tradition of giving flowers to a special someone may want to branch out from the typical gift of a dozen red roses. There are many other buds that can offer beautiful alternatives - such as cyclamen, begonias and hydrangea, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

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