Forget me not: the grandpartents' flower

The Forget me not is an evergreen herb plant from the botanical name Myosotis, belonging to the Boraginaceae. His common name has legendary origins, according to some it derives from a German story that tells how the plant told God that he was forgetting to give her a name "forget me not" and God replied, "that will be your name." According to others, instead of an Austrian medieval legend, a knight wandered along the Danube to collect flowers for his lady, fell into the water and as he was sucked in by the stream, he launched the bouquet of flowers to his beloved cry "Forget me not ". The misfortune consecrated the myosotis by the name of "Forget me not", making them a symbol of eternal and sincere love, so that in the Anglo-Saxon world women adorned with their bloom their garments as a sign of fidelity.

In antiquity, "forget me not" was considered a sacred plant, able to cure many illnesses, used to cure the eyes, against bites of scorpions, snakes and dogs. Its decoction was also applied on sword injuries to accelerate healing. In England it was used as a defense against witches and maladies, so it was given to protect those who were traveling.

The forget me not is a spontaneous grass of sparse, diffused in the temperate climate of Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, North America, New Zealand and West Africa. It has small, elongated leaves, lanceolate and hairy, small florals of an intense blue with the yellow center arranged in groups on top of the branches. Its rotated corolla has five rounded petals, also covered with a thick, soft and velvety hair. Myosotis varieties are so many, all very similar, bushy, compact, considerably branched and with a size that can reach 15-25 cm. Of height. Usually widespread in humid and shady areas, where it grows spontaneously, it can also be cultivated under the same conditions (shade and humidity) in flowerbeds, borders, rocky and pottery gardens. It is a plant made very decorative by the abundant flowering and its pleasant and delicate scent. It must be sown in March, it does not require special care and flowers continuously from mid spring to early summer. The only thing to do is eliminate the jagged corolla.

In phytotherapy, the essence of forget me not is related to mourning. Its scent helps to overcome the regret of not telling everything to the deceased person, facilitating detachment in traumatic and painful situations. Symbolically connected with attachment, forget me not is also used in pregnancy to amplify the bond between mother and child. Useful for practicing yoga and meditation, it fosters the connection with my inner self and the conscious processing of the state of discomfort that causes nightmares, sleepwalking, insomnia and agitation, promoting an improvement in rest, peace and harmony. This delicate flower represents the connection between past and present, the awareness that nothing happens by chance and the importance of catching awareness of what was the basis for building a bond between people.

Perhaps precisely because of this ancestral symbolic connection with the past, memory, hope and origins, in 1978 was chosen by President Carter as a symbol of the Grandparents' Day, which is held in America on the first Sunday after May 1 ( Italy is celebrating October 2).

 

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