August 12, 2012
One of my favorite fruits is the Nectarine, and the sweetest Nectarines I ever tasted were plucked right off a tree in our backyard. I've always adored this tree, with its beautiful craggy limbs and gorgeous flowers.
I wanted to give a gift to a dear friend who lives north of San Francisco, so I gave him the best think I could think of: a Nectarine tree! Auspiciously, the species variety was called "Katie." Before giving it to him, I had a talk with that tree. I infused it with prayers and wishes for him and requested a future of wish-fulfilling fruit. Now he says that each year, out of all his fruit trees, this one produces the most fruit.
If you're attracted to the Nectarine Blossom, you may be experiencing low-level annoyance or feeling under attack or criticized. Or perhaps the energy in your environment is inflammatory, aggressive or uncomfortable.
You may find others’ words are harsh or jarring or that some people around don’t have your best interest at heart, causing you to pull back and clam up. You may be feeling vulnerable at the heart level, wanting to crawl under the covers or make a safe escape.
Lately you may only want to interact with people whose demeanor is gentle, sweet and soft. You deeply appreciate friendliness, camaraderie and a sense that loved ones are "on your side."
Nectarine Blossom relaxes tension caused by being on edge and feeling like we can't trust the people around us. It helps us transition from feeling a lack of safety (emotional, physical or otherwise) to feeling that we are among friends. It dissolves the desire to want to crawl into a protective shell and escape and magnifies our desire to reach out to people and engage in some kind of service.
Nectarine Blossom awakens a desire to do nice things for others and encourages sweet words, all of which transforms our environment. It enhances gentleness and softens our character, bringing out our good intentions. It fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendliness.
Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nectarina) belongs to the Rose family, along with cherry, apricot, plum and almond. Nectarine Blossoms are just as gorgeous as Cherry Blossoms, yet their blossoms are larger with more saturated pink, and they are hardier than their delicate sisters.
In order to tell the story of the Nectarine, we first must tell the story of the Peach tree, because Nectarines are a relatively young species. Wild Peaches, however, originated back to 2.6 million years ago in China (archaeologists have found peace tree fossils that old!). Peach trees began being cultivated by humans around 2000 BCE in China, and they are known as a symbol for long life.
As one of my all-time favorite fruits, the Nectarine is a miracle plant, having grown spontaneously as a bud sport (an offshoot with different genetics) from the Peach tree. The only difference is that Peaches have a dominate gene for fuzzy skin, while in Nectarines the fuzzy skin gene is recessive. Both the fruits of Nectarines (and Peaches) can be white or yellow, with either freestones or clingstones, referring to the pit in the center and how easy it is to dislodge it from the fruit.
"This elixir has helped me to be more gentle with myself. It's been perfect for the time between the old and new. It reminds me to be soft and see the world in a quieter way." —Stephanie
"This is one of my all-time favorites, even though I've taken it only once or twice. It amplified gentleness and acceptance, both towards others as well as from others. Lots of warm and fuzzy feelings!" —Celeste
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Magnifies:Sweet words, kindness, desire to be of service; sense that everyone around you has benevolent intentions; camaraderie, friendliness, gentleness, softness of character, attracting the same; wholeness and strength of heart
Dissolves:Sensing that you are not in a supportive environment; feeling under attack; wanting to crawl under the covers; desire to retreat and isolate; perspective that you are in a malevolent environment; hatred, annoyance
Love + flower petals,