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Do Lilies Smell?

Have you ever noticed the fragrance of lily flowers? Perhaps you have ever received a lily bouquet as a gift from someone, or maybe you have ever grown one in your home? Although not all of them are fragrant, most of them emit a subtle scent and pleasant fragrance that are said to overpower perfumes sometimes. Some even said to have bad smells. Some even said their smells are toxic. It’s not entirely true. In this article, we will talk about the scent and present the facts behind all those rumours about these flowers!

Aromatherapeutic benefits for well-being

Exciting news, your favourite flower has an aromatherapeutic benefit for a healthy mind! It is none other than Oriental Lilies that often smells sweeter in the evening, as their compound named linalool helped boost up the fragrant of this bloom intensely in the evening. With this scent, your plants can help to decrease stress and increase good feelings around you. Did you know that our sense of smell is capable of triggering both chemical and neurological responses in our body? With a single scent of these blooms, it can relax our mind, lift our lethargic mood, or relief our stress from troubles in our daily lives.

A study published in 2009, titled “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry”, has stated that the linalool has a positive effect as a stress-reliever in our body. By inhaling this floral-scented compound, our body will reduce chemical changes to our stressed-out immune cells flowing in our bloodstream, then calmed hundred of genes that acted during our stressful conditions. Oriental Lilies have Linalool as one of their major scent components.

Captivating beauty

The beauty of Lily is indeed undeniable. You might have ever crossed by and seen their blooms in a nearby flower shop, or perhaps seen them on the internet, or even grown one in your home or office. Although a rose, gerbera, baby’s breath, and carnation are all also beautiful, this flower that is dubbed as the “Queen of the Garden” sure lives up to its name by presenting its beauty as soon as it started to bloom. They are visually gratifying, confirmed even by the Harvard Medical School that their presence alone adds a positive effect on our well-being. They can give us relaxation, energy, compassion, less depression and stress.

A lily plus a curious cat is dangerous!

You must’ve heard of the words, “Curiosity kills the cat.” This will apply if you are an owner of a Lily plant and a cat. Cats are curious by their nature, and it’s not a surprise if your cat would be drawn to the beautiful blooms in your house. You should be aware that although they are lovely, they pose a threat to your cat! Mainly, those belong in the true lily and daylily families. The entire plant is toxic, starting from the stem, leaves, pollen, flowers, and even the water. Just a sip of the water, licking a few of its pollen, or eating just a tiny amount of its leaf or flower petal might cause your beloved furry pet to develop a fatal kidney failure, even in less than three days. Because they are very dangerous and might cause a high risk of death, it’s wise not to bring them home if you have a cat. You can put it in your workplace instead to avoid the fatal risk!

A ‘drunken flower’ effect

Although the Queen of Garden has a fresh and lovely smell that many people like, it also has a side effect. After all, too much of something always leads to adverse effects, so it is advised to do things moderately. The same also applies to lilies. The fragrance of this plant contains a trace of stimulant, which might lead us to a kind of ‘drunken flower’ disease if smelled for a long time, and it may cause us to get over-excited and unable to sleep at night. Make sure not to put these flowers in your room at night. Although, they are safe as long as you don’t smell them too much. If you enjoy their fragrance moderately, as we have stated above, they can work their magical aromatherapeutic effects for our healthy mind and body.

Why do my lilies smell stink?

Some have even complained that their lovely blooms are smelling bad. The answer is, while some lilies smell aromatically unique to some, others who may have allergies or sensitive noses might not like their smell at all. Although, not all lilies have scents. Some may have such strong fragrance, and some may have only little to no scent at all. Most people usually have problems with Easter Lilies’ odours.

If you have a problem with their fragrance, prepare a pair of tweezers and newspapers. Place some sheets of the newspaper on a clean and level work surface. Layer them about three pages thick. Then, hold the stem in one hand, place the stamen (slender stalk in the centre of petals) facing forward. Insert the tweezers to the centre of the flower and pinch the stamen at the base to break the stamen off. Pull them out then repeat the process for the remaining blossoms.

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Why Everyone Gravitated Toward the ‘Folklore’ Aesthetic

When Taylor Swift dropped her quarantine album out of nowhere, everyone was surprised. It’s not a surprise that the singer can write great songs, but the sound and feel of the album showed the breadth of her artistic genius. “Folklore” was something new even to long-time fans of the singer-songwriter. If her multiple awards weren’t enough proof, the positive reception of the album certainly did her justice.

But what is it exactly about “Folklore” that reels people in?

Swift’s Storytelling

 

It’s more than just the soulful sound. “Folklore” tells a story–several stories, in fact–and everyone is invited into the new world Swift has created. You hear Swift’s usual relatable lyrics and each song has a line you will want to replay over and over again, or dedicate to someone. The melodies, of course, were on point, but it’s the way that they all circle around the stories that make them worth more than one listen.

Swift’s Aesthetic

 

The story and the overall sound of the album gave listeners a taste of cottagecore, a popular aesthetic that everyone now wants to get for themselves. In Swift’s video for Cardigan, and in the products she released to accompany the album, you see a slow, laidback lifestyle that is just what everyone needs amid the stressful year that is 2020.

It’s the kind of aspirational living that doesn’t dwell on material things, but rather on the right mindset. You don’t see on screen that Swift is wearing Korean sheet masks, but she definitely looks like she has a self-care routine worth the envy. It helps, of course, that Swift looks good in her simple ensemble as she introduces us to an almost fairytale-like atmosphere.

Swift’s Transformation

Everyone has a strong opinion about Swift, and her past album, “Reputation”, certainly showed a theme of Swift having had enough of critics and turning the spotlight on them and how they play out different narratives about her life. In “Folklore”, Swift seems to have shed that darker theme in favor of a simpler, yet equally artful vibe. Here, we are treated to Swift’s comforting vocals minus the pop elements that marked her album “Lover”. “Folklore” shows Swift focusing on what she does best–tell stories–and there is no room for critics to play a guessing game on who she is writing the songs about. We see Swift content in her own relationship and in her life, and it shows in her music’s transformation.

Swift’s Priorities

Swift is one of the artists in the music industry who have grown up in the spotlight. As young as in her teens, she was already making hits and gaining attention. But while other artists stay relevant by creating the same style of music that they became popular for, Swift has shown that she can adapt, and her music has changed along with her age. The priorities of Swift in her thirties are different from the priorities of Swift in her twenties, and her fans, who have also grown up themselves, can relate.

“Folklore” feels like we’ve grown up with Taylor Swift, and maybe, in a way, we did. Therefore, this album hits at just the right angles, and with just the right intensity, to make it meaningful for everyone.

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