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Friday, August 2, 2013

By the Wayside

 

It’s the peak of summer with beautiful blossoms abound. So why on earth does this wayside plant, Chicory keep crossing my path – almost like it’s trying to say ‘Notice me’? Perhaps there’s an interesting tale to tell about this herbaceous plant. Besides its lovely sky-blue flower, Chicory has so many uses. Try it as a garnish for salads or as a substitute or main ingredient for coffee.

Yes, this Bach Flower remedy has medicinal purposes, too. Yet what I find so fascinating is this little tidbit. According to ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C.Norman Shealy MD, PhD, he states that ‘Chicory helps people to be selfless in love, which makes for more satisfying relationships. It helps us to see love as a universal force, to give love freely so that it may freely return to us.’ 

Funny, Chicory keeps appearing in front of me, enough to make me stop and notice this wayside plant. Plants, like animals are often signs, serving as a wake-up call to what is most important. But these words from Audrey Hepburn sum up best what this wayside plant may be trying to express about selflessness. “It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss, dear; get on with it'.

It’s just a Friday reminder to remove the things that clutter life - bring on the Chicory. I love when a flower can tell a story.

Image of Chicory near the water by Ann Bilowz © 

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