Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Red wine contains a healthy stimulating flavonoide named resveratrol, a natural substance found in grapes' skin. It can prevent more health issues, among them heart disease, cerebrovascular accident CVA), brain disease and even some forms of cancer.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The name rose comes from French, itself from Latin, rosa, which was borrowed from Oscan, from Greek ρόδιόν rhodion (Aeolic υρόδιόν wrodion), from Old Persian wurdi "flower" (cf.Avest. warda, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr)" (Wikipedia).
This is the official and arid version, in which the unusual beauty of flowers and the divine fragrance, that made the rose the most loved and cultivated plant on Earth, are not really valued.
Its genesis on Earth was explicated through numerous legends: it was created by Chloris, the goddess of flowers, from an enchanting nymphy's body, all the gods contributing to its birth with a gift (Dionysos - the intoxicating scent, the Three Graces - cheerfulness, brilliance and charm, Ares - the protecting thorns); others say that emerged in the same time with Aphrodytis from the sea foam, covering her as a garland, becoming one of her symbols, or even that it was born from Cupid's smile, and its thorns are his metamorphosed arrows...
It seems that even the Hindu gods had once a little dispute about establishing the most beautiful flower on Earth: Vishnu loved the rose, but Brahma, who never saw a flower like this, preferred the lotus, which he considered to be the flower of perfection and spiritual transcending. At its sight though, Brahma had to admit that no other flower could be more beautiful.
In the Arab tradition, the first rose was brought to life by the sunshine radiance in the Great Garden of Persia, from where expanded on the entire Earth, as a symbol of fertility, beauty and purity.
Even the thorns created controversies, the Romanian legends suggesting that those were Satan's evil work, as an attempt to the perfection of GOD's creation, the flower itself, belief inspired probably by Zarathustra, who said that the rose is the symbol of innocence, and its thorns appeared when the spirit of evil, Ahriman, made his entrance into the world for the first time. The Flower of Saint-Exupery's Little Prince covered herself with thorns to protect her ingenuity and beauty from the bad world...
Their colour also generated many legends. It says that the rose was only white at the beginning and became red in the moment when Jupiter surprised Venus in the act of bathing in a lake surrounded by roses. What came next, nobody could tell... :)
Aisha, prophet Mohamed's wife, is the one who coloured the roses in yellow, as a sign of her infidelity...
One of the most beautiful legend is of Persian origin, and inspired Oscar Wilde in "The Nightingale and the Rose": a nightingale, in love with a white rose, embraced the last so closely that the thorns stabbed her little heart and her blood coloured the rose in red - a symbol of passionate, destructive love.
- Paris - Yves Saint Laurent (type floral rose-violette), rose from North Africa, violets, mimosa, rose hips.
- Baby Doll - Yves Saint Laurent (floral-fruity), wild rose, freesia, lily-of-the-valley, heliotrope, gooseberry, grapefruit, rhubarb.
- Joy - Jean Patou (floral-jasmin), considered to be the most expensive rose perfume, with May rose and Grasse jasmin, ylang-ylang and tuberose.
- Diva - Ungaro (chypre-floral), roses from Turcia, tuberose, ylang-ylang, iris.
- Nahema - Guerlain (oriental-floral), Damask roses, peach, cyclamen, lily.
- Tresor - Lancome (floral rose-violette), roses, violets, iris, heliotrope.
- Eternity - Calvin Klein (floral-spicy), roses, violets, lily-of-the-valley, carnations.
- Rose Absolue - Annick Goutal (floral rose-violette), a bouquet of six different roses: May rose, Bulgarian rose, from Turkey, Damask, Egypt and Morocco.
- Lumiere - Rochas (floral rose-violette), Damask rose, honeysuckle, a little vanilla sugar, apricot, heliotrope and iris.
- Desnuda - Ungaro (oriental-floral), chinese rose, cyclamen, iris, freesia, jasmin.
- Rykiel Rose - Sonia Rykiel (floral-fruity), Bulgarian and Turkish rose, cardamom, lychee, peony, hawthorn, lotus, freesia.
- Sa Majeste La Rose - Serge Lutens (floral-green), Damask rose from Dades Valley in Maroc, camomile, lychee, vanilla absolute.
- Daliflor - Salvador Dali (floral rose-violette), white rose, Turkish rose, santal.
- Aqua Allegoria Rosa Magnifica - Guerlain (floral rose-violette), delicate rose ,Florentine iris, hyacinth, violets.
- Initial - Boucheron (oriental-spicy), Turkish rose, jasmin absolute, patchouli.
- Sentiment - Escada (floral rose-violette), hyacinth, iris, peach, a predominant note of powdery rose.
- Hot Couture - Givenchy (oriental-floral), raspberry, rose, magnolia, black pepper, vetyver.
- Idylle - Guerlain (chypre-floral), Bulgarian rose, peony, lilac, jasmin, lily-of-the-valley.
- Very Irresistible - Givenchy (floral-fruity), a perfume built with four types of rose (rose centifolia, pivoine, passion and fantasia) and spiced with anise and verbena leaves. It has been reinterpreted several times (Sensual, with vanilla and Liv Tyler rose),Rosa Damascena 2008, Rose Centifolia du Maroc 2009, Eau d'Eteetc.
- Rose Essentielle - Bulgari (floral rose-violette), rose Ottomane, rose Prelude, immortelle, blackberry, violets, jasmin.
- L'Heure Bleue - Guerlain (oriental-floral), rose, tuberose, gillyflower, Neroli.
- Black XS pour elle - Paco Rabanne (floral-fructat), rose Hellebore, black violet, cacao flower, black vanilla.
- Dolce Vita - Dior (oriental-wood), rosewood, magnolia, lily, cinnamon, vanilla, peach, cardamom.
Ikebana ("arranged flower") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō ("the way of flowers").
More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line, form. Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing its form. The main rule is that all the elements used in construction must be organic, be they branches, leaves, grasses, or flowers (in the modern styles this rule is no longer valid). The artist's intention behind each arrangement is shown through a piece's color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the usually implied meaning of the arrangement.
Another aspect present in ikebana is its employment of minimalism. That is, an arrangement may consist of only a minimal number of colours (usually three) or even blooms interspersed among stalks and leaves. The structure of a Japanese flower arrangement is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth, and man and in others sun, moon, love and earth. The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery may be used in their construction, according to the artist's intention to give a profound meaning or the style of the arrangement.