Tall and Sturdy Trees
Aside from flowers, one can also find inspiration in the towering strength of the trees that fill yards and parks. The Oak Tree has been a symbol of strength for centuries. From knights in the Middle Ages that designed heraldry around the tree to woodworkers with first hand experience in the toughness of the wood, both the leaf and acorn of the tree work for inspiring others. There’s no need to head to a floral shop for a botanical gift if you’ve got an Oak in the front yard. Cedar is also known for strength and courage, among other meanings. Finally, don’t forget about the tree that produces Bay leaves. Known as the Sweet Laurel, this tree has symbolized victory and success since Ancient Greece.
Your spice cabinet may even include a few herbs meaning strength. Check your herb collection for:
- Fennel – The bulbs make a nice soup, but it’s the stalks that were once used to drive away witches. The fresh and herbal taste of the dried leaves represents strength.
- Thyme – Most types of thyme creep to spread and can grow in very hard soil or cracks in rock. This adaptability is just what you need when you’re turned down for that promotion yet again.
- Mint – Even common garden mint offers an uplifting boost of energy. Scientific research into peppermint tea showed it had a real effect on depression and fatigue.
Other Strong Plants
Look outside the box when picking plants for inspiration. A cactus makes the perfect desk companion at work or home and reminds you to defend yourself from anyone who wants to push your boundaries. Bamboo is another good symbol because of the plant’s incredible strength and flexibility. Keep in mind the “lucky bamboo” sold as indoor plants are actually Dracaena and not bamboo at all.