Why daffodils symbolize hope for princess Catherine

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Oh, how we all wish Princess Catherine of Wales a speedy recovery and private time to heal and be with her family.

In front of a bed of daffodils, Kate Middleton sat on a bench and shared that her absence from public appearances was because she had cancer. Following abdominal surgery, post-operative tests revealed she had the dreaded disease that impacts so many. As much as 1 in 2 women or 1 in 3 men will develop cancer in their lifetime.

She shared how she has been undergoing chemotherapy since February.

The British have often expressed personal sentiments through flowers. In the language of flowers, daffodils represent new beginnings as well as resilience. In fact, there is a Daffodil Day each year. Wearing the flowers is a statement in support of survivors and a call to fight the disease. Survivors, patients, friends, and family wear a daffodil on their lapels.

With their bright, cheerful colors, daffodils are a flower that uplifts the spirit. But as with many flowers and their link to symbolism, there are also connections to scientific data. While daffodils have been used medicinally since the times of Ancient Greece, a 2018 study found that a daffodil’s natural extract of hemamnthamine (HAE) can help cells resist apoptosis, also known as cell death. They also revealed that HAE activates an “antitumoral surveillance pathway.” The results serve to illuminate the mechanism by which the plants in the family known as Amaryllidaceae alkaloids can combat cancer. Another study showed how the flower is also helping combat heart disease problems.

Read more at flowerpowerdaily.com

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