Myrtle blossom

 LOVE is represented by MYRTLE.  Myrtle leaves are clustered in groups of threes but all grow from same point on the stem.  Leaves are heart-shaped. The sacred plant of the goddess Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.  Aphrodite, born from sea foam, sought in her nakedness refuge in a myrtle bush.  Many brides wear myrtle as a symbol of chaste love and beauty. MYRTLE (myrtaceae) is steam distilled from the leaves of a large evergreen shrub.  Its Hebrew name is Hadassah, meaning from the tree, mistakenly translated as Esther.

BIBLE REFERENCES:  Deut. 6:4  –Law of Love–“Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart…”  The word echad translates as ONE, comprised of more than oneEsther 2:7-9:32  (the dissolving power of spiritual love); Isaiah 41:19 (deliverance and prosperity)and 55:13 (joyous return of the redeemed); Nehemiah 8:15 (feast of the Tabernacles, commemorating the deliverance from the wilderness

ANCIENT USES:  Feast of the Tabernacles Nehemiah 8:15;   Lev.23:33-44;   PROPERTIES:  Antimutagenic, liver stimulant, thyroid stimulant, prostate stimulant, normalizes hormone imbalances, sinus and lung decongestantCHEMISTRY:  Monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes  Emotional clearing:  clearing of anger, elevating, and euphoric

MYRTLE FILLMORE  not her given name, but a childhood name that stuck.    Today MYRTLE oil is found to be a cure for TB.