In India sacred trees are visited by petitioners seeking blessings, especially for health and fertility, from the indwelling spirit or deity who is usually regarded as female and a manifestation of the Earth Goddess? Food and flowers are left at the foot of the tree or shrine and ribbons of cloth or coloured wish bags are tied to the tree.
In Africa among the Northern Sotho people, the sacred Marula tree is known as the marriage tree. A woman who wishes to conceive a boy will drink the infused bark of the male tree. In many parts of f Africa women still carry bark from sacred trees to make them fertile.
In the folk tradition of Europe until the beginning of the twentieth century, trees were likewise attributed magical healing powers. For example children were passed nine toes though the cleft in an ash tree and the branches then bound together as a symbol of the healing process.
The Celtic Druids worshipped not in temples, but in groves of trees. These natural woodland sites may have predated the Celts. Those that have been identified are frequently centred on a convergence of earth energies. In former Celtic groves in Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Cornwall the trees are still adorned with ribbons, trinkets and petitions for healing and blessings.
The Australian Aborigines used healing remedies from trees such as tea tree and eucalyptus centuries before they entered more conventional medicine Tea tree leaves were inhaled by the Aborigines to prevent nasal, throat and chest congestion and ground into a paste to relieve burns and skin infections.
Below I have listed specific trees and their healing properties, physical, emotional and psychic that grow in different parts of the world. Trees from different lands can also be found in Botanical Gardens or arboretums so that wherever you live you can touch them and absorb their healing powers.
You can also buy their extracts in herbal form from pharmacies or herbalists who will advise you on dosage and any prohibitions, for example during pregnancy. Small trees in a pot can create a sacred grove indoors or on a balcony or patio. Two or three bonsai trees at work will also provide an instant healing grove if tensions are rising.
But every tree is a powerful source of spiritual healing that can help your own immune system to fight any illness or sorrow. Because trees are rooted so firmly in the earth, receive water through the roots and from the rain and light from the sun, they are an enduring source of earth healing in the most concrete of squares in a city centre.
You can sit against a tree in a forest that may be hundreds or even thousand years old. Yews can live more than two thousand years and some oaks a thousand years old. a lot of accumulated power and wisdom. In woodlands or a local arboretum , look for a circle of trees that can become your own sacred grove.
You may find your special tree that feels right for you in your local park or in your garden. The following method is one I use not only as part of my private Druidess work but as a stressed mother and working woman when I feel unwell, unloved and unlovely. I have also listed trees and their specific healing powers you can absorb spiritually just by being close to them. But as I said any tree will help to ease pain whether physical or emotional and restore well -being
Apple: Pyrus malus
Brings fertility in every way, self-love and gradual restores health and optimism
It relieves nausea, toothache, fluid retention and digestive disorders, also those of liver, spleen and kidneys
Ash: (Fraxinus excelsior or Fraxinus Americana)
Gives courage and confidence and wider perspectives on life; helps digestion and the efficient functioning of the whole body; weight loss, bladder and bowel disorders.
Beech: (Fagus ferruginea)
Brings unconscious wisdom, healing and a sense of connection with the earth and with others helpful for the stomach, for healing wounds, sores and ulcers
Birch: (Betula pendula alba or lenta)
Brings new beginnings; protects mothers and their young; it reduces problems with fluid retention, high cholesterol levels, eczema and skin allergies
Elder: (Sambucus Canadensis or Nigra)
The fairy tree that makes anything seem possible; used as an antiseptic, also for respiratory and viral complaints, asthma, fevers, the speedy healing of fractures. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus regnans, also as blue gum tree (Eucalyptus globules)
Good for removing stagnant energies
Effective for colds, coughs and sinuses, fevers and infections, it also heals wounds.
Fig : (Ficus-carica)
Brings fertility and the blossoming of creativity; heals the skin, especially rashes and spots, improves circulation, sore throats and bronchial disorders
Laurel/Bay: ( Laurus nobilis, also Pimenta racemosa)
Protective against illness and malice; restores trust after infidelity
Reduces stress and anxiety, improves hair condition and cellulite; good for rheumatism and arthritis and female fertility.
Magnolia: (Magnolia glauca)
Increases love and loyalty; reduces the power of addictions and obsessions, especially smoking; helps skin problems; restores strength after a long illness
Mimosa: (Acacia dealbata)
Removes a sense of isolation, especially for older people; calms anxiety; relieves depression, gastric problems, cuts, and wounds, also nightmares
Oak: (Quercus Alba)
Drives away fear and impotence physical and emotional; eases blood problems, kidney stones, internal and external bleeding, improves circulation and reduces fevers.
Orange: (citrus sinensis)
Brings a sense of well being and fertility in every way; soothes anxiety and insomnia and bad dreams in adults and children; relieves skin problems, boosts immune system to fight colds and other viruses.
Peach: (Amygdalus persica)
Attracts abundance, happiness and fertility; relieves gastric problems, nausea and coughs and encourages body and mind to relax.
Pine: (Pinus)/Spruce( Picea excelsa)
Drives away all harm, both to the home and family and especially to newborn infants; heals chest, throat and lung infections, colds, flu and sore throats.
Poplar/Aspen: (Populus tremuloides)
Anciently called the shiver tree because it was believe to fevers and chills as its own leaves trembled even when there was no wind; brings gentle healing of the spirit; good for stress, allergies, eczema, diabetes and neuralgia
Walnut: (Juglans regia), also Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Brings fertility and abundance; relieves skin problems, fluid retention, colds and flu, headaches, hair loss and painful menstruation
White Willow: (Salix alba)
Brings protection and harmony with the cycle of the seasons and the moon; reduces pain and inflammation, rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, fevers and headaches; good also for eye problems
Wild Cherry: (Prunus serotina)
The tree of reconciliation and inner tranquillity; eases coughs fevers, colds, flu, throat disorders, asthma and bronchitis
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