Being diagnosed with cancer and going through the cancer treatment process is no walk in the park and anyone that has been treated, or watched a family member or friend endure the experience, will know that at the best of times, it is challenging. And at trying times in our life – we need to feel love and support. Being surrounded by plants and flowers can lighten up a room, provide a beautiful scent and many therapeutic benefits. Here is a list of our fresh floral friends and the symbolism behind them.


The carnation’s scientific name, Dianthus, comes from a combination of two Latin words: “dios,” meaning gods, and “anthos,” meaning flower. Carnations are referred to as the flowers of the gods.

Carnations are used in tea to relieve stress, fatigue and depression, insomnia and female hormonal imbalances.

Carnations smell and look beautiful – just make sure your flowers embody the right message!


Red: Deep Love and Admiration
White: Pure Love and Good Luck
Pink: A Mother’s Love
Yellow: Disappointment or Rejection
Purple: Capriciousness
Striped: Rejection or Regret


Synonymous with Spring – the Daffodil is a bright embodiment of fresh beginnings, rebirth and future prosperity.

Daffodils have long been associated with Cancer. If you are superstitious, presenting a single Daffodil means bad luck is on the horizon, so always present Daffodils in a bunch!


Lavender has been valued for many years for its therapeutic benefits, dating back to the Romans in which lavender oils were used for bathing, cooking and its natural fragrance. The name is derived from the Latin verb lavare – which means, “to wash.” 

Lavender symbolises peace, femininity, grace and devotion. The purple colour is associated with the crown chakra that is located at the top of the head and gives access to a higher state of consciousness. The symbolism is fitting as lavender is often used for healing. Lavender oil is antibacterial, helps to reduce stress and aids sleep. Put a couple of drops of oil on your pillows and sheets in the evening and prepare yourself for a deep nights sleep!


The colour pink is associated with breast cancer. Pink is also associated with romance, innocence and purity. 

Gerberas are hot pink, beautiful and bold. Gerberas’ signify innocence, purity and cheerfulness and their sheer size and colour will brighten up anyones day.




Orchids come in beautiful pastel colours and embody elegance and beauty – think; fertility, vitality, sexuality, love, luxury and beauty.


The orchid opens in full bloom and puts all her sexy parts out there more than any other flower – and even better – she can self pollinate. This is synonymous with messages of self assurance, confidence and self love.

Ancient aztecs mixed vanilla orchid with chocolate that was believed to make warriors more strong, virile and powerful.



Roses have a long association with romance – but they also carry therapeutic benefits. Rose essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties – and is often used as an anti inflammatory.

A fresh bunch of roses will lighten up any room – just make sure the colour you pick embodies the right message!

Pink – love, sweetness, gentleness, grace

White – innocence, purity, charm

Peach – gratitude + appreciation

Yellow – cheerful, happiness, joy

Orange – energy, enthusiasm, excitement

Red – love, passion  


Last but not least – send your loved one a floral bunch of friends that embody who they are as a person – whether it be elegance, romance or quirkiness – you’ll know best!