Bougainvillea - Access The Inner Child


A sailor gave the plant its name: Louis Antoine de Bougainville, not the accompanying botanist who first classified it in 1768, Philibert Commerçon. This happened in Brazil, where it is native. There are 4-18 species, however the botanists are not unanimous. In Europe in the Mediterranean countries the most abundant one is Bougainvillea speciosa, from which the essence is produced. The plant arrived in Europe the 19th century, from where retailers in France and England  spread it throughout the world.

Bougainvilleas are perennial climbers, they grow up to 12m high and use their hooked thorns climb effortlessly over other plants that stand in their way. When growing in an area with a dry season, they throw off their leaves. If it rains throughout the year, they remain green. Their flowers are small and creamy white. They are individually, in pairs or in threes surrounded - or should I say: protected - by three bracts, their color varies from white to pink, red, magenta up to yellow and orange. The flower essence is usually produced from the white flowers, which are surrounded by magenta bracts. The plant is frost sensitive, in our latitudes, it should be kept in the house during the winter, on the other hand they can withstand both drought and salt, which makes them ideal for warm coastal regions. Near the equator, Bougainvillea blooms all year, elsewhere the flowering time is limited to the warm season.

The juice of the plant is poisonous, skin scratches caused by the stings cause inflammation. As for the herbal medicine, there is little research. However Bougainvillea has a substance called pinitol, which is similar to insulin and promotes the absorption of sugar into muscle cells.


The essence
Be proud of your inner world, that is what Bougainvillea asks us to do. Her essence reminds us of our creative side. There is more to life than rational thinking, straight lines, right angles and cubes. Bougainvillea highlights the power of the poet who discovers the miraculous in the mundane and expresses it. Bougainvillea lets us dive so deeply into our imagination, that it may appear real to us. It can play an essential role in hypnotherapy and visualization, which can make inner images seem like real perceptions and give them a huge impact. This makes them so effective. Just the idea of being in a peaceful environment can reduce blood pressure measurable.

Bougainvillea helps to think the unthinkable, to imagine the unimaginable, to rediscover the all too often overlooked little miracles in everyday life. If you ever discovered dancing little creatures in a campfire, saw faces in clouds, noticed how the monotonous clatter of a train transformed in a musical rhythm, then you know about the way Bougainvillea essence inspires.
Bougainvillea takes the ordinary and turns it into something amazing. It brings the sparkle into everyday routines, conveys the joy of simple things and reduces the pressure that we feel when we are striving for material things. The world is alive, interesting, sparkling and seduces us to explore and use all of our potential.

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