Lilac and Aromatherapy What Are the Health Benefits of Lilac?
By Michael Brent, eHow Contributor
What Are the Health Benefits of Lilac?
Aromatherapists believe the oil from lilacs offers health benefits.
Lilacs are a flowering plant known for their plentiful purple petals and fragrant scent. In the past, lilacs were used to treat certain ailments, although the medical use of these flowers is no longer commonly practiced. Those who practice aromatherapy, however, believe the scent of lilacs has numerous health benefits. Have a question? Get an answer from a doctor now!
Syringa vulgaris, more commonly known as lilacs, are flowering bushes that can grow up to 30 feet high, although most are under 10 feet in height. The lilac flowers are typically purple, although recently created hybrid breeds can be white, blue or yellow. The flowers of the lilac are recognizable by their sweet aroma, which is most powerful when the flowers are in bloom, although the blooming period only lasts for a few weeks.
Aromatherapy has a centuries-long history as a form of healing, both physically and psychologically. In aromatherapy, the fragrant essential oils of various plants are distilled and then disseminated into the air, either via an atomizer, candle or other method. Aromatherapists believe the inhalation of these oils can provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. Examples are the use of eucalyptus oil to relieve nasal congestion, or citronella oil to keep mosquitoes and insects away. However, aromatherapists believe there are numerous benefits offered by a wide range of plant oils, including lilacs.
When used in aromatherapy, the essential oil from the traditional purple lilac -- or French lilac -- is said to provide a calming effect that eases anxiety. Other reported effects include a purifying, soothing sensation that centers the mind to encourage relaxation. The oil from white lilacs is also used in aromatherapy to produce a calming, soothing effect. The scent of white lilacs also brings about an enhanced feeling of sensuality.
Beyond the lilac's use in aromatherapy, the flower has a history of medicinal use. In the past, lilac was ingested to rid the intestines of parasitic worms, and was also used in the treatment of malaria. In the 19th century, lilac was used by doctors to treat fevers. However, its rate of success was so erratic that its use in the treatment of fever was discontinued by doctors. Some modern herbalists use the essential oil of lilac to treat skin ailments such as rashes, sunburns and minor cuts and scrapes.
Lilac Steam ShipThis text was taken from the National Register of Historic Places nomination, written by noted maritime historian Norman Brouwer.
The LILAC was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a unique surviving example of a type of vessel that once served a vital role in the navigable waters of every coastline of this country. She is the last steam-propelled lighthouse tender known to still exist in America. She is also the oldest of only three United States Lighthouse Service tenders to survive. Today the country’s lighthouses are automated and usually serviced by helicopter. The term “lighthouse tender” has been dropped from use, and specialized vessels servicing aids to navigation have the more appropriate designation "buoy tender."
Successful major seaports have been vital to this country’s growth, as entry points for goods, raw materials and immigrants, and as outlets for manufactured items. Well-marked navigable channels for the passage of ships are indispensible to the success of ports. These systems have relied on lighthouses, lightships and buoys. During an active career spanning nearly four decades, the LILAC was responsible for maintaining these aids to navigation on the Delaware River and the Delaware Bay and its approaches from the open sea. The navigable reaches of the Delaware River estuary support a busy industrial and commercial area including the ports of Philadelphia, Trenton and Wilmington, with numerous shipbuilding and repair yards, petroleum refineries, power plants and factories. The Delaware River is also linked in the nation’s Inter-coastal Waterway System through the Cape May Ship Canal and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
The United States Lighthouse Board developed a basic design for its largest steam tender in the 1890s that would remain little changed until its successor, the United States Lighthouse Service, formed in 1910, was absorbed by the Coast Guard in 1939. Between 1892 and 1939 thirty-three of these vessels were built, most ranging in length from 164 to 174 feet. Only three of the thirty-three survive, the FIR commissioned as a steamer in 1940 but later converted to diesel propulsion, has recently been taken on as a preservation project by a group in California. The LILAC of 1933, which retains its original steam machinery, is now being renovated in New York City by an organization whose aim is to see her steaming again. The LILAC was contracted for on August 16, 1931 as one of three vessels of the “VIOLET Class”. The name of the vessel of the class had been launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in August 1930. The third vessel in the class, the MISTLETOE, would not be launched until 1938. The ARBUTUS, a fourth tender with the same dimensions and machinery, and nearly the same deck layout, but treated as a one ship class, was built in the same shipyard as the LILAC during 1933. The MISTLETOE was assigned to Chesapeake Bay, and the ARBUTUS was assigned to the district centered on New York Harbor. The keel of the LILAC was laid on August 16, 1932 at the Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware. The Pusey & Jones yard located on the Christiana River a short distance form the Delaware Bay, had been active before the Civil War, and at one time claimed to be the oldest commercial shipbuilding plant in continuous service in the country. The firm turned out a wide variety of vessels, form large steam yachts to oceangoing steamships. The LILAC was launched on May 26, 1933. She was christened by Kristie Putnam, one of the daughters of George R. Putnam, Commissioner of the Lighthouse Service from its creation in 1910 until his retirement in 1935 and the author of several books on aids to navigation.
The LILAC was assigned to the Fourth Lighthouse District, which covered the Delaware River, from Trenton, New Jersey south to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. She replaced the tender IRIS which dated from 1899. Her first base was in Edgemoor, Delaware, just north of the mouth of the Christina River. When an overhaul or installation of new equipment was necessary, she was sent north to the Lighthouse depot at St. George, Staten Island. When dry-docking was required, she went into one of the private yards in New York Harbor. After World War II, most of this work was done at the Coast Guard Shipyard in Curtis bay, near Baltimore, Maryland, though she returned to the Tietjen & Lang Shipyard in Weehawken Cove, Hoboken, New Jersey for dry-docking in February 1950. The ship’s regular duties included delivering fuels and supplies to offshore lightships and isolated lighthouses, rotating their personnel for shore leave or replacement, servicing buoys on site or transporting them to the base for overhaul after installing replacements, and taking district or national officials on tours of inspection. She was also expected to respond to marine disasters or emergencies in the region. During abnormal ice conditions in the winter of 1935-36, the LILAC was sent into lower Delaware Bay to evacuate the keepers on endangered offshore lighthouses. She sustained propeller damage that required dry-docking and replacement. The LILAC became a vessel of the United States Coast Guard with the dissolution of the Lighthouse Service, effective July 7, 1939. The Coast Guard took over all the responsibilities for maintaining aids to navigation previously handled by the Lighthouse Service.
Under the Lighthouse Service, the LILAC had a crew consisting of six officers and twenty seamen. The Coast Guard increased this to two officers, two warrant officers, and thirty-four seamen. The ship continued to be based in Edgemoor, Delaware. The only changes in her outward appearance were repainting the all-black stack to Coast Guard buff with black top, the removal of the brass lighthouse emblems bolted to either side of the bow, and substitution of the Coast Guard flag for the triangular Lighthouse Service pennant. At the beginning of World War II, the LILAC was given the Coast Guard pennant number designation WAGL-227. To her continuing duties of maintain aids to navigation and responding to maritime emergencies, was added port security. She was painted gray for the duration of the war and provided with an armament consisting of one 3 inch 50 caliber gun on the fo'c'sle head, two 20 mm anti-aircraft machine guns on the bridge, and two depth charge tracks on the stern. She was also fitted with a degaussing system for protection against magnetic mines laid off the mouth of the Bay by German U-boats.
Following the end of the war the LILAC was disarmed and returned to her peacetime color scheme. In 1948 the Edgemoor Base was closed and the ship’s home base shifted to the Coast Guard Station in Gloucester, New Jersey, further up the Delaware River near the Port of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The LILAC was fitted with her first radar around 1949. She continued to maintain aids to navigation and respond to maritime emergencies. The LILAC was on hand from May 15 to 17, 1952 following the collision of the cargo ship BARBARA LYKES and the coastal tanker F.L. HAYES in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The F.L. HAYES caught fire and sank, temporarily blocking the waterway and LILAC helped extinguish the fire. The LILAC was involved again from June 6 to 12, 1953, following the spectacular collision and fire of the tankers PHOENIX and PAN MASSACHUSETTS off the Delaware Bay entrance to the Canal. She served as command post for efforts to find survivors and bring the fires under control. The following month, she spent two days fighting a fire on the tanker PAN GEORGIA in the Christina River.
The LILAC was re-designated WLM-227 in 1965. She was finally decommissioned, after almost forty years of continuous service, on February 3, 1972. Four months later, she was donated to the Harry Lundeburg Seamanship School of Seafarers International Union, located at Piney Point, Maryland on the Potomac River below Washington, D.C. She was a stationary facility to house and train union members upgrading with non-officer positions in bridge and engine room departments. The Union made few alterations to the vessel. Former fo'c'sles for seamen and petty officers continued to be used for berthing. Some staterooms were used as staff offices. Two interior bulkheads were removed in the living quarters on the main deck to convert pairs of staterooms for officers into larger classrooms. The ship’s wheelhouse and engine and boiler rooms were apparently used as stationary training aids. The union school had retired the ship in 1984, selling her to the Atlantic Towing Company. She was moved away from Piney Point on October 23 of that year. On April 3, 1985, she was bought by Henry A. Houck of Falling Creek Marina, located on the James River below Richmond, Virginia. A berth for her was dredged at Falling Creek adjacent to a marine salvage yard. Some fittings may have been removed during this period, but she underwent no significant alterations. Former staterooms and the officer’s mess room were utilized as offices for the scrap yard, and an associated real estate business.
By 1999 the LILAC was being advertised for sale in maritime journals. The non-profit Tug PEGASUS Preservation Project based in New York City began negotiations toward purchase of the vessel in 2002. She was refloated on February 25, 2003, and towed to a shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia to be dry-docked. After a very favorable report on the condition of the ship’s hull, she was purchased on March 11, 2003, with the intent to eventually return her to operation as a steam vessel based in New York harbor. Before leaving the Norfolk dry-dock, the ship’s hull was cleaned and preserved, and she was painted externally to the top of the stack. She was towed to New York, to a temporary Brooklyn berth provided by American Stevedoring. She took up residence at Hudson River Park's Pier 40 on January 1, 2004 and in February of that year ownership was transferred from the Tug PEGASUS Preservation Project to the newly created non-profit LILAC Preservation Project. She moved to the newly built Pier 25 in Tribeca in May, 2011. Operated as a museum ship, LILAC hosts cultural events and exhibitions while undergoing restoration.
USCGC Lilac!Class: Lighthouse Tender, Buoy Tender
At: Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware
Length: 173 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 32 feet
Draft: 11 feet, 3 inches
Displacement: 1,012 tons
Propulsion:Two 500 HP triple expansion engines supplied by two oil-fired Babcock & Wilcox watertube boilers.
Armament: During WW II, 3 inch 50 cal., two 20mm 80 cal., and two racks of depth charges.
Address for Visiting:
Hudson River Park's Pier 25 on the west side of Manhattan
New York, NY
Address for inquiries:
Lilac Preservation Project
Attn: Mary Habstritt, Museum Director
80 White St.
New York NY 10013
Latitude: 40.7204616, Longitude: -74.0140370
Laid down at the end of the tenure of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, Lilac transferred to the Coast Guard when it was took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939. Between 1892 and 1939 thirty-three of these lighthouse tenders were built, most ranging in length from 164 to 174 feet.
She was assigned to the Fourth Lighthouse District, which covered the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey south to the mouth of Delaware Bay, replacing the tender Iris of 1899. Her base was located in Edgemoor, Delaware, just north of Wilmington until 1948, when it was shifted to Gloucester, New Jersey, just below Philadelphia.
In addition to maintaining the aids to navigation in the Fourth Lighthouse District, the Lilac was involved in rescue and fire fighting efforts during a number of marine disasters. During abnormal ice conditions in the winter of 1935-36, the tenders Lilac and Violet were sent into the Lower Delaware Bay to evacuate the keepers on endangered offshore lighthouses. The Lilac was on hand from the 15th to the 17th of May 1952 following the collision of the cargo ship Barbara Lykes and the coastal tanker F. L. Hayes. The F. L. Hayes sank on fire in the center of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The Lilac was involved again from the 6th to the 12th of June 1953 following the spectacular collision and fire of the tankers Phoenix and Pan Massachusetts at the Delaware Bay end of the Canal. The following month she spent two days fighting a fire on the tanker Pan Georgia in the Christina River near Wilmington.
The Lilac was decommissioned on 3 February 1972, by which time she was the last steam-powered lighthouse or buoy tender in the Coast Guard fleet. From 1972-1984 she was used by the Seafarers International Union as a stationary training facility for union members upgrading within the non-officer positions in bridge or engine room. In 1984 the Lilac was retired from this work and turned over to the Atlantic Towing Corporation of Norfolk, Virginia. On 3 April 1985 she was sold to Henry A. Houck, operator of a salvage yard on the James River near Richmond, Virginia. She remained virtually unaltered, retaining most of her original fittings and equipment, through the period at Piney Point and the period in the salvage yard, where she was primarily used as office space.
She was acquired by the The Lilac Preservation Project in 2003. The Lilac Preservation Project is a group of New Yorkers dedicated to restoring the Lilac to operating condition, both because of her importance as the last largely intact steam lighthouse tender, and again to have an operating steam vessel based in New York Harbor. Please contact us for public visitation due to ongoing restoration work.
Lilac Quiz!How many songs can you name that have lilac in them?
Green Grow The Lilacs - Johnny Cash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Fm9tQ0QQI
Lilac - Circulations
Lilac In November - Donna Elaine Miller .
Lilac Lane - Acoustic Alchemy
Lilac Sky - Tower of Foil.
Lilac Sun - Ottmar Liebert
Lilac Wine - Jeff Buckley/ Katie Melua / Elkie Brookes/ Nina Simone
Lilacs - Mason Jennings / Matt Costa
Lilacs& Fire - George Morgan
Lilacs Are For Angels - Leanne Chalk
The Lilac Hand Of Menthol Dan - T.Rex.
We'll Gather Lilacs - Cerys Matthews
Lilac Wine-Elkie Brooks
What every day objects can you think of that are lilac?
What moves can you think of that are lilac titles?
Lilac Time (1928)
The Lilac Chaser (2013)
Where Do Lilacs Come From (2014) (Short)
The Lilac Splash (1915) (Short)
The White Lilac (1935)
The Lilac Domino (1937)
Memory& Desire: 30 Years in the Wilderness with Stephen Duffy & The Lilac Time (2009)
A Bunch of Lilacs (1909) (Short)
The Legend of the Lilacs (1914) (Short)
The Lilac Sunbonnet (1922)
How many book titles can you name with lilac in them?
Lilacs by Megan Derr (Jan 10, 2010)
Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland (Apr 29, 2014)
Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia by Fr. John L. Fiala and Freek Vrugtman (Aug 15, 2008)
The Lilac Queen by Elisabeth Puruto (Feb 17, 2014)
A Lilac Creek Christmas (a Lilac Creek Dog Story) by Dana Landers (Oct 30, 2013)
The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy (Jun 8, 1992)
Other Formats: Hardcover; Paperback; Audio Cassette
Lilacs For Mothers Day by Helen McCarthy, Helenshouse and Jenny Kelley (Feb 1, 2012)
Nick and Lilac by Marian Tee, Wendy Chan and Clarise Tan (Jan 5, 2014)
Did you know there is a lilac lake?
Lilac lake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxKFOdy-i0
Did you know that there are lilac animals?
Did you know that there are famous lilac ships?
There are 3
One from the civil war
A steam ship
A coast guard ship
Lilac Turkeys!! Lilac turkeys are one of the blue color variants of turkeys, caused by interactions of several color genes. Lilac turkeys have a solid light blue colored body, a light blue or tan tail, and slate colored banding near the end of the tail feathers. They may show hints of reddish color. This variety dates back at least to the 1930s when scientific papers described Lilac and Lavender turkeys.
There has been a great deal of confusion about distinctions among the blue color variants, and ALBC has adopted the guidelines defined by the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities in its 2000 Heritage Turkey Census Report. Lavender has been a synonym for several of the blue color variants, and ALBC uses it as a synonym with Lilac (blue color on a red background), but others use it as a synonym with Self Blue (blue color on a black background). ALBC is currently researching the breeding practices of those raising Lilac, Slate, and Self Blue turkeys to learn whether these are being maintained as separate varieties or bloodlines, or whether there is genetic flow between these varieties.
Although not recognized as standard turkey varieties by the American Poultry Association (APA), Lilac and Lavender are attractive options for the backyard or homestead. The mature weight and rate of growth for Lilac/Lavender turkeys should be similar to Slate turkeys. Most bloodlines, however, have not been selected for production attributes including weight gain, and many birds may be smaller or slower growing than varieties more commonly grown for production. Careful selection for good health, genetic diversity, and production attributes can bring these varieties into the mainstream.
There is no breed standard for the Lilac/Lavender turkey, and they are less well documented and more variable in type and color than standard varieties. This makes it more challenging to breed consistently, and the APA standards for Turkeys serve as a good guideline to quality conformation. The production potential of the Lilac turkey is not known.
Facts You Didn't Know About Lilac!!Everything about Lilac
Our world is colorful – Not imaginable living in a world without colors. Colors influence our temper, they express our feelings and they prettify our surroundings.
Every color has his own meaning,
for example green stands for hope, red for love, blue for silence, black for death, turquoise for humor and lilac stands for magic and mysticism.
Lilac, Violet, Purple, Magenta, Pink?
Lilac is the name for a color which belongs to the color wheel of violet. Violet is the color of the flower viola and is related to the color wheel of purple. The color wheel of violet includes all colors, which are located between red and blue, for example lilac, magenta or pink. When we look at the colors, lilac is a bright violet and the word lilac terms the color of the flower lilac.
Magenta is a bright lilac and pink is a screaming violet. This is very confusing, but it should show you that all these different terms have different meanings. In everyday life language usage the words violet and lilac mean the same and we often use it for the same tone of color, although this is, strictly speaking, wrong.
Religious thinking, the color violet stands in the Christian belief for the Lent, the time before Christmas and for penance. During the Lent, in all Christian churches, you find violet clothes, which veil the cross.
Purple is the most expensive coloring in the world
Purple is a Greek word and means stirring and mingling.
Real purple can change into all colors of the coloring violet; it depends on time and changing. The purple snail produces real purple, which is at first a dark red. The snail lives in the Mediterranean and is a carrion-eater. Grating 12.000 purple snails produces
1, 5 gram of the coloring purple, which corresponds with a price of 2872.00 Euro per gram purple and that means that purple is the most expensive coloring in the world. In the past it was common to milk the snails and then abandoning them, still alive. Today the method of producing purple is different, because they grate the whole snail. As you can imagine, the topic of cruelty to animals as important, but it was too late to do something against this cruelty because the snails were almost completely exterminated in the Mediterranean. The import of the snails was forbidden but the need of purple was so high, that the extermination happened too fast and the snails could not recover from the huge purple snail raid through the Mediterranean. Today it is only allowed to use the snails for coloring for home requirements.
Lilac – the new red in the world of fashion
In the last years, lilac became one of the most popular colors in the world of fashion. In the past this color was only worn by bishops during the Lent, but now every celebrity falls back on lilac. This color mediates that the wearer is in a good mood and the color attracts interest, in all accounts. Above all lilac is very popular during the winter, because it is a good alternative proposal to all black, grey and brown clothes and it spices all bland outfits up. If you wear something lilac, you demonstrate being self confident and knowing, what you want. You can start with little lilac accessories, if your are still a bit insecure on how combining lilac clothes or if a lilac jacket or blouse are too much for you. You can do nothing wrong when wearing lilac clothes, the only thing that you should mind is that lilac is a very flashy color, therefore it is important to combine low-keyed colors like black, grey or white.
No matter, on which lilac part of your outfit you decide, but keep in mind, that fashion experts said: “Lilac is the new red! A must-have”
This color dominates not only the world of fashion, it is popular for all technical things like mobile phones, mp3-players, digital cameras or even notebooks, also for cars, bags, finger nails, headbands and everything that can be produced in lilac. The secret of this color is first of all, that it is a pretty new color and all these items have never existed in lilac and therefore it is something new and exciting for us. Secondly lilac is something different beside black or white but it is not too flashy if you maybe choose a darker lilac tone.
The Meaning & Symbolism of LilacThe story of lilac, according to Greek mythology, begins with a beautiful nymph named Syringa (lilac’s botanical name). Captivated by her beauty, Pan, the god of the forests and fields, chased Syringa through the forest. Frightened by Pan’s affections, Syringa escaped him by turning herself into an aromatic bush – the flower we now refer to as lilac.
The 8th wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of New Hampshire (symbolizing the hardy character of the Granite State’s citizens), lilacs are frequently considered a harbinger of spring, with the time of their bloom signaling whether spring will be early or late. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence.
What Color is LilacQuestion: What Color is Lilac?
Named for the flower of the same name, there are several shades of lilac, a medium purple color.
Answer: There is no Web color called lilac but the colors of lilac are on the violet side of purple but a bit duskier than lavender. The lilac flowers actually come in many colors but the color called lilac is usually in the violet shades.
... a feminine color
... a romantic color
... a slightly nostalgic or old-fashioned color
... a Springtime color
... an Easter color
Lilac is a cool and warm color with its mix of blue and red.
Lilac carries the purple symbolism associated with the lighter shades of purple. It's a feminine color with a bit of a maternal feeling. Like lavender, lilac can be a bit nostalgic. It goes well with black and dark green. For a lovely lilac mix combine shades of lilac with some greens, plums, and mauve. Lilac is similar to lavender or pink or violet.