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THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF TREES & FLOWERS 

Celtic Tree & Flower Medicine -

BIRCH - this tree is indicative of cleanliness & determination in 
overcoming adversity. Use when wanting to make a fresh start & 
ridding yourself of bad influences 

ALDER - is a water-loving tree, the God linked with this tree is Bran 
the blessed, is for spiritual protection & prophecy. 

WILLOW - medicine stands for female & lunar rhythms of life. She is 
water-seeking like the alder. Offers protection against damp diseases 
&modern herbal Practioners extract salicin from the bark to be used 
to ease illnesses like rheumatic fever. The gift of fertility is also 
represented here. 

ASH - The World Tree, it has deep penetrating roots which change the 
chemistry of the soil, making undergrowth difficult for other 
vegetation. Helps link the earthly and spiritual. Good medicine for 
meditation. 

HAWTHORN - Small tree with dense, many-branched body. Best used for 
cleansing & chastity, bringing protection from the inner magical 
realms. 

OAK - The Oak's place in Celtic lunar calendar is seventh among 
thirteen months. The Oak has protected England through the use of his 
timbers for the building of ships. Oaks are used as boundary marker. 
Oak medicine is best used for securing your pursuits, protecting 
while attaining your goals. It is essential protection for those less 
able, who require security in order to strengthen their characters. 

HOLLY - a white-wooded tree with almost invisible grain, looks much 
like ivory. Holly is associated with the death and rebirth symbolism 
in both Pagan & Christian lore. In Arthurian legend, Gawain 
(Representing the Oak King of summer) fought the Green Knight, who 
was armed with a Holly club to represent winter. Holly medicine may 
be used with difficulties in sleep and to ease the passage of death. 

HAZEL - Hazel embodies many talents: poetry, divination, and the 
powers of meditation. In Celtic tradition, the Salmon of knowledge is 
said to eat the nuts dropped into its sacred pool from this tree 
growing beside it. Each nut eaten by the salmon becomes a spot on its 
skin. In Europe and North America 
Hazel is used to gain knowledge, wisdom & poetic inspiration. 

APPLE - A dense, fine grained, rosy colored wood with a sweet smell. 
Apple is associated with choice. This is good medicine to use when 
your are having difficulty in making decisions, whether they are work 
or relationship oriented. 

VINE - This is used in the development of prophetic powers, best when 
used while trying to reach deeper state of consciousness and when 
doing healing work. 

IVY - Represents the spiral of the self and the search for self. The 
maze of the labyrinth is also linked to Ivy, since it symbolized the 
wondering soul, circling inward and outward, seeking nourishment from 
within & without, leading you to ENLIGHTENMENT . A wonderful aid if 
helping others on a spiritual journey. 

REED - Helps create spiritual weapons - gives you direction. Best 
when used before beginning healing work or soul retrievals. 

BLACKTHORN - is a wintery tree. Fruits, known as sloes, only ripen 
after the first frost. The Gaelic word "staif" has links with English 
word "strife". Wood of Blackthorn is traditionally used with the 
Irish shillelagh. It represents the strong action of fate or outside 
influences in your life. Blackthorn should not be used by the novice. 

ELDER - is linked to eternal turnings of life and death, birth and 
rebirth. It represents the end/beginning and beginning/end. 
Significant of creativity and renewal.. new beginnings. 

SILVER FIR - is used to bring knowledge of your present and past 
lives into now. The color sliver links you to your SILVER THREAD 
symbolizing your awareness of the progress of your spiritual journey. 
Best used when searching for gift of INSIGHT. 

HEATHER - used for Solitary healing work (going within) Heather along 
with mistletoe create powerful healing medicine in both spiritual and 
physical aspects. 

WHITE POPLAR - concerns with earthly and material aspects of Life. 
Also with finding the spiritual determination to face hardship we 
have to endure. This tree has the ability to resist and to shield, 
also an ability with languages and speech with close relationship 
with the winds. 

YEW- mostly found in ancient cemeteries. In Breton Legen, the tree is 
said to grow a root into the open mouth of each corpse buried in the 
graveyard. This root is the symbol of rebirth. Good medicine when 
used in working with past life issues and regression. 

GROVE - tree of All Knowledge. The grove represents a sacred place 
wehre all is linked and becomes clear. Helps you look beneath the 
surface of things.. whether situations or people. Medicine works with 
your hidden knowledge, helping you to manifest it at the appropriate 
time. 

SPINDLE - completion of tasks. Ability to complete something to its 
end, no matter how difficult. Good for progressing in certain areas 
of your life which are of difficulty to you 

HONEYSUCKLE - helps you to distinguish what is real from what is 
false, and what is of real value on your journey. The honeysuckle 
will help you tread safely - remaining true to your quest. 

BEECH - Beech wood is close grained and easy t work with - smooth and 
even surface. Beech medicine can tell you about yesterday and how it 
is relevant today. Handling old objects or visiting a place connected 
to your past will bring understanding of people, incidents, reviving 
the memories within that are needed.


 

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