(Date Posted:02/13/2009 00:00 AM)
Hyacinth, Water (Eichhornia crassipes) is a diuretic.
1 gram a day.
Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) is used to relieve or dull the pain of passing a stone and promotes a healthy prostate.
30 grains a day.
Place the root under your pillow to guard against nightmares.
Hyssop, Common (Hyssopus officinalis) is an expectorant, a stimulant, and is used to cure rheumatism.
Fluid extract: 30 – 60 drops a day.
This plant is the most popular in spiritual cleansing.
Hyssop, Hedge (Gratiola officinalis) is a diuretic, reduces swelling in the spleen, and may expel worms.
Powdered root: 15 – 30 grains a day.
This species of Hawthorn is found in Central and Western Europe.
In is known for strengthening the Heart and all Heart or Blood related ailments.
some countries the berries are known as Pixie Pears and Cuckoo's Beads,
whilst the Hawthorn itself has been known as the May, Mayblossom,
Hagthorn, Mayflower, Ladies Meat, Bread and Cheese and Quickthorn.
The berries can be picked for wine, jams, jellies, tinctures and teas.
can be woven in to a growing fence called a Hedgerow. These thorny
barriers are very effective and have saved many villages from thieves
First mentioned medicinally in the 'Tang Ben Cao',
a herbalist back in 659 A.D. where it was used to cure digestive and
circulatory disorders. The Greeks and the Romans have been using it to
treat Heart problems since the first century A.D. It has been a symbol
Rumor: Said to offer protection from lightning for centuries.
:The Hawthorn was considered sacred in early times and legend has it
that Joseph of Aramathea came to England and planted his Hawthorn staff
in the soil at Glastonbury, creating what later became known as the
The maypole was originally constructed from Hawthorn.
a clinical trial, 78 people who were given 600mg a day for 8 weeks of
Hawthorn extract, found there was a significant improvement in exercise
tolerance and lower blood pressure and heart rate during exercise.
modern doctors are looking for a remedy for hypertension, high blood
pressure herbs usually are the second alternative, yet, ancient
civilizations were using herbs long before Western medicine created
Myth: In the middle ages, Hawthorn
was hung over the doorway and it was said to prevent evil spirits
entering the home. It has connections with faeries and the underworld
in Celtic folklore. Hawthorn was often referred to as the faerie bush
and it was considered bad luck to cut it for fear of offending the
faeries that inhabited it.
Cleansing - Protection - Preparation - Love
(Huathe) is known throughout the Celtic realms as a tree belonging to
the Faery and as a tree who will assist in releasing negative and/or
blocked energy held within us. Perhaps the most widely known Thorn tree
is at Glastonbury, which is said to have sprouted from the staff of
Joseph of Arimathea.
Huathe is also recognised as a tree of
the Goddess Brighid and is connected with the festival of Beltane.
During this time branches of the Hawthorn are pruned or blossoms
removed to symbolise the beauty of the journey and to make way for new
growth... a shedding in many ways of the old, who in turn gives ground
for the new.
As the Hawthorn holds the enchantment of the
Faery realms, they belong with nature. Both Druids and Witches consider
it unlucky to take the tree, branches or blossoms into the home. You
never know one of the Fae may have been resting within and the Faery
will work magic to return their own towards the inner realms.
this will pay dividends when working with Huathe as this is also a tree
of Love and when greeted correctly the Hawthorn may help guide the
seeker towards their true heart's desire and offer protection of a
magical variety during this transformation.
The Hawthorn is
also one tree who has crossed the divide between Paganism and
Christianity; the staff of Joseph and the thorns worn by Christ are two
prime examples. With this in mind Huathe assists in spiritual growth
and releases those fears which were previously bound and tied within
the psyche, preparing the traveller for their journey.
is represented by the element Earth and considered to be a favourite
meeting place for those of the inner worlds to gather, particularly
during the fire festivals. Carrying a piece of Hawthorn (always ask
first) can help to aid in psychic protection and ease depression
through it's association with these realms and Mother Earth.
Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodora)
has been associated with strength and nobility from time immemorial.
The Latin name for Cedarwood ‘cedrus’ is derived from the Arabic
‘kedron’ which means ‘power.’ In the ancient Middle East, the Cedars
of Lebanon were greatly prized for their strength and ability to repel
insects. The Temple of Solomon was said to be built of Cedarwood. The
ancient Egyptians used the wood for their furniture, boats, and
coffins. Cedar oil was one of the elements used in mummification as
well. The ancient Teutonic tribes associated Cedar with the powerful
Odin, god of storms, magic, and the harvest.
Although the biblical Cedars of Lebanon do not exist anymore, a
species is Himalayan Cedarwood. This essential oil contains the
chemicals caryophyllene, cedrol, a-cedrene, b-cedrene, and widdrol
Cedarwood essential oil is often used for its
warming, drying properties. It is helpful for respiratory ailments
including bronchitis. Like many essential oils, it is antiseptic and
antispasmodic, easing coughing and drying out mucous for congested
This familiar-smelling essential oil (pencils are made
from Cedarwood) has a strong effect on the urinary tract. It is a
diuretic and an anti-fungal. It tones the kidneys and bladder, and can
be used for urinary tract infections. The best way to do this is to
take a sitz bath. A sitz bath is a shallow bath intended to heal the
urinary and/or reproductive organs. Preparing a sitz bath is very
easy. Simply run a shallow (hip level),warm (not hot) bath, add about
5 drops of essential oil, and swirl the water with your hand to
distribute the oil evenly. Then sit in the oil-infused water for 10-15
minutes. A sitz bath with Cedarwood oil can be effective for urinary
tract infections, as well as Candida, especially when a drop or two of
Lavender and/or Tea Tree is added. Baths with Cedar and Lemon are
helpful for reducing cellulite and toning lymph as well.
oil of Cedarwood can be used in preparations for oily skin, dandruff,
and hair loss. It tones the scalp and cleans the hair follicles.
and spiritually, Cedarwood is an extremely fortifying oil. It can
ground the spirit and open the mind, allowing us to feel balance,
strength, and certainty. Cedarwood seems to bolster the ego; banishing
fear, anger, and anxiety. It reinforces the will and raises confidence
levels, giving us the energy we need to weather a crisis.
Cedarwood essential oil as an ingredient in Grounding, Courage, and
blends focusing on the major pantheon gods such as Odin, among others.
essential oil should not be used by pregnant women, as it is known to
bring on menstruation. Some people develop skin irritation from this
oil. It should always be used diluted with a high quality carrier oil
such as Sesame, Grapeseed, or Jojoba.
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