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Magnolia blossom in Hangzhou.... an ancient medicine and cultural relic

Magnolia blossom in Hangzhou.....

𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲

The tree stands for nobility, gentleness, femininity and pure beauty. In ancient times, only the imperial family was allowed to grow and cultivate magnolias. When the emperor wanted to show deep appreciation to someone, he could choose to give a magnolia root.

Magnolia Wall 辛夷塢 (Xīnyí Wù) is a famous poem by Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 王維 (Wáng Wéi) in 700's AD :

辛夷塢 Xīnyí Wù

[magnolia] [low wall]

Magnolia Wall

by Tang Dynasty poet 王維 (Wáng Wéi)


木末芙蓉花 Mù mò fúróng huā,

[tree] [end] [lotus][] [flower]

On the end of a branch, lotus flowers

山中發紅萼. shānzhōng fā hóng è.

[mountain] [in] [emit] [red] [stem]

in the mountain, red stems.

澗戶寂無人, Jiàn hù jì wú rén,

[mountain stream] [gate] [quiet] [not have] [person]

A house by a mountain stream - silent, no one present;

紛紛開且落. fēnfēn kāi qiě luò.

[scattered] [scattered] [open] [and] [fall]

scattered, scattered, opening and falling.


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𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲

Magnolia bark and roots are used as remedies for upset stomachs, stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea. The bark is also used for anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression.

Magnolia flowers are used to treat asthma, colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments. Also a wonderful respiratory ingredient for skin care.

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