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My approach to working with plants is ‘food’, a symbiotic relationship of mutual giving. They feed us and we feed them in return. They are always there to guide and heal, when times are tough and illness creeps in, but I prefer the approach of feeding plants daily rather than just calling on them when ‘medicine’ is needed.
Hawthorn Berries Witchcraft
Hawthorn is such a magical tree, and I think that, as with all plants, some of the most profound gifts and healings they can give us come not only from their physical properties, but also from their life lessons, their historical relationships with our ancestors, and their energy medicine. .
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A perfect example of this is how hawthorn has long been celebrated by our ancestors for its ability to connect the material reality with the spiritual realm. Hence why it is known to be sacred to fairies and why one of the popular names for hawthorn berries is ‘Pixie Pears’, I have also read that depending on where you are in the UK, the pomegranate is also known by the same name, which is exciting, because normally we harvest them around the same time and so all our daily food then becomes ‘Provisions From The Pixies’, and both roses and hawthorn are heart healers, so this makes perfect sense to me.
Two plants, from the same family, that over time have brought so much joy and comfort to people through connection and heart-based practice.
The unique free-standing hawthorn tree is also known as the ‘Fairy Tree’ as it is a portal to the spiritual realm, and a personal connection with these trees will help you nurture your connection to other worlds.
We have one in front of the kitchen window, hugging the riverbank, tall, mossy, and its branches are weeping so it looks like it has the most beautiful hair.
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Folklore believed that witches turned into hawthorn trees, and if I could turn into a tree as beautiful as her, I would. She is magic and I like to think she is one of the many witches who, like me, have blessed our beautiful home over the years.
We have begun to uphold the tradition of celebrating her by decorating her with wish/prayer ribbons on special occasions. It’s something every village used to do, especially around Beltane. Every time we visit a new country village I live in hope that this tradition is still going strong somewhere, I have seen many yew desirable trees but no hawthorn yet. .
Hawthorn love is magic, and its magic is LOVE, highly associated with romance, fertility and commitment. I promise to share more about that another day, but her physical ability to heal the heart is why I’m sharing the ketchup recipe with you today. Finding different ways to incorporate plants into your daily meals is the best fun!
I am sad to say that the ‘hearts’ on both sides of my family were not as strong as they should have been. I know we are not alone in this, it seems that we are now a company of anxious beings who are desperately searching for ways to put their tender hearts back together. Recurring heart defects, heart attacks and genetic cholesterol imbalances in my family mean that “on paper” my heart is “high risk” and so I make sure mine is fed daily, and the beautiful heart-strengthening remedy hawthorn is my best friend.
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The antioxidant compounds found in the flowers, leaves and berries of hawthorn mean that it is a wonderful way to treat a variety of heart conditions, and is best taken regularly as a preventative measure.
Strengthening of blood vessels and collagen in the body, which enables it to heal coronary artery damage and valve deficiency. Hawthorn also lowers unhealthy cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The berries are nervine, calming and relaxing, and both the berries and the flower can be used to help with anxiety, fear and sadness. When you’re in pieces, Hawthorn holds your heart in his hands and slowly but surely brings you back together.
The hawthorn berry recipe I’ve shared below is more of a warm, tangy, sweet delight than a traditional ketchup, but it’s a delicious and hearty treat. It’s very sweet, but it’s made without refined sugar, so it’s almost guilt-free.
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This recipe is enough for a small jar, you can make more, it just depends on how abundant your harvest of hawthorn berries was.
I adapted this recipe from the wonderful ‘Gather Victoria’, with what we grew/ & in our pantry. I hope you can do the same and let us know how you get on so we can start a hawthorn ketchup recipe club!
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Plants are our oldest and wisest ancestors, and we hope that by sharing the journey of our own wandering down the path of plants, you can take steps towards your own.
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Our only native plant with white berries, mistletoe has a special significance in winter. But from inspiring ancient beliefs to providing important wildlife habitat, there’s a lot more to Christmas than kisses.
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Here we delve into the mythology of mistletoe, take a look at its role in conservation, find out where to find it and get some tips from our gardeners on how to grow your own.
Mistletoe has been revered throughout the centuries and in many cultures. The mythologies surrounding it refer to the perceived magical properties of the plant, whether as protection against witchcraft and harm or as a general good omen. The Gaelic Druids believed that the power of mistletoe was enhanced when it was found growing in oak trees, but only if the plant had not touched the ground once was it cut down, otherwise the magic would be lost. As the surrounding trees lay dormant, it is easy to imagine how the mistletoe, blooming on bare branches and choked with milky white berries, came to be associated with fertility and even immortality.
Mistletoe leaves often look more golden in the winter months. In Greek mythology, the Trojan hero Aeneas picked a ‘golden branch’, believed to be from mistletoe, which enabled him to travel safely through his perilous descent into Hades.
Bringing evergreens into the home during winter has its origins in pagan cultures, as plants that keep their leaves were thought to ensure the return of spring. These winter solstice customs were later combined with the main Christian holiday of Christmas, although mistletoe, the most magical of all these plants, was forbidden in early church decorations because of its strong pagan antecedents.
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Detail from a Christmas card sent in 1897, when the Victorian taste for anthropomorphic art was at its peak. A pair of robins kissing under the mistletoe. From the collection at Killerton, Devon
The very reason why we kiss under mistletoe at Christmas is probably a combination of mistletoe’s ancient associations with fertility and the resurgence of interest in pagan customs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Traditionally, a man was allowed to steal a kiss from any woman standing under the mistletoe, and refusal was considered bad luck. By the mid-19th century, images of couples kissing under mistletoe became universal in Britain. In continental Europe, mistletoe is traditionally associated with peace and happiness.
There are more than 900 species of mistletoe worldwide, but only European mistletoe (Viscum album) is native to Great Britain. Branches of the trees bear forked branches with pairs of wing-shaped evergreen leaves and clusters of pearly white winter berries. A well-established mistletoe has the appearance of spherical green clouds hanging from the trees.
Mistletoe’s heartland is across the south-west Midlands in the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, where it thrives in relatively mild and wet climates amongst orchard landscapes, although fruit trees are not the only hosts. However, mistletoe can be found growing as far away as Cornwall and Cumbria.
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Mistletoe is hemiparasitic, taking water and nutrients from its host, while the evergreen leaves also photosynthesize. If