MEANINGS & USES _ The exact origin of the name Aster is debated. Some say the name for these beautiful flowers is direct from Greek mythology: Asters were said to have grown from the tears of the Goddess Asterea. Others say they were named for their abundant growing patterns (like the night sky) and their star_like shape. Asters have long been given to symbolize love, daintiness and afterthought. Gentlemen and ladies in the past used to present them to people they hoped to draw affection from. Placed on the graves of French soldiers, Asters were used as a symbol of a better life to come. They can also be used to symbolize a 20th Wedding Anniversary and are a wonderful gift in a bouquet for any occasion. The petals of the Aster used to be smoked to ward off evil serpents, but could also be used to help with headaches, colds, back pain and muscle spasms.
5_Minute Home Improvement Tips _ If you want to improve the look of your home, you do not need endless free time to do it. With a couple minutes each day you can complete any one of the tasks listed below: Keep a small journal of ideas you would like to implement in your home. On a day where you have a few hours to fix something up, your notebook will save you the trouble of figuring out what to do or how to do it. A second suggestion: we spend so much time every day cleaning things that will have to be cleaned again tomorrow or next week. Each day, take a few minutes to take care of something you will not have to worry about again for a month or two. By taking a few extra minutes a day for this, you can keep your home looking great. Another thing you can do consistently with just a little bit of time is view new ways to decorate areas of the home. Online, in magazines, and even in department store ads are many ideas you may love to implement in your home. By taking a few minutes a day for each of these tasks, having a tidy and attractive house is much more attainable.