Trees have such a significant role on this earth that is no wonder they are celebrated and revered by most cultures. Because of this, different types of trees have links to different characteristics and qualities.
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Acacia (Wattle) - Sensitivity and Protection
Alder - Release The nitrogen-fixing nodules on the Alder's roots improve soil fertility and so make this tree ideal for reclaiming degraded soils and industrial wastelands such as slag heaps.
Almond – Purity and Perfection
Apple - Health and Fertility In the 19th century in Germany, the first bathwater used by a newborn baby was poured over the roots of an apple tree to ensure that the child would have red checks. And if it was a girl, large breasts too!
Ash - Protection In British folklore, the Ash was credited with a range of protective and healing properties, most frequently related to child health. Newborn babies were popularly given a teaspoon of Ash sap.
Aspen The Aspen tree has a unique appearance of shimmering or quivering in the wind. They also make a distinctive rustling, whispering sound which in many cultures and religions is associated with the voice of spirit, and in the boughs and leaves of the aspen the wind finds a distinctive voice to inspire those who would listen with patience and sensitivity.
Avocado - Fertility Avocados target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... it takes exactly 9 months to grow an Avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.
Banyan – The World Tree A sacred tree to India, China and Southeast Asia
Birch -Renewal As Birch is one of the first trees to come into leaf, it would be an obvious choice as representation of the emergence of Spring. Traditionally, babies' cradles were made of Birch wood, drawing on the earlier symbolism of new beginnings.
Camilla – Excellence It's no wonder the Camilla is connected with excellence. It's perfect blooms in shades of white, pink or red are enhanced by the glossy green foliage.
Citrus - Energy, Fairness and Justice Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts.
Cypress - Heaven’s Calling
Elder - Healing and Abundance As everyone knows (or ought to know), the Faery Folk love music and merrymaking, and best of all they like the music from instruments made of Elder wood. Wood from the Elder tree lends itself well to the making of whistles, pipes, chanters and other musical instruments. The most auspicious time to encounter faeries was under an Elder bush on Midsummer's Eve, when the Faery King and Queen and their train could be seen passing.
Elm- Communication and Relationship People looked to the Elm tree for medicinal cures. The inner bark was especially efficacious when chewed or boiled into a liquor to treat colds and sore throats, while the boiled bark was also used to treat burns.
Eucalyptus - Restoring Balance and Increasing Vitality
Fig - Fertility and Good Fortune Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to help overcome male sterility.
Ginkgo - Life Force
Hawthorne - Purification Hawthorn is at its most prominent in the landscape when it blossoms during the month of May, and probably the most popular of its many vernacular names is the May-tree. As such, it is the only British plant which is named after the month in which it blooms.
Hazel - Playfulness and Enchantment
Hazel has long been a favourite wood from which to make staffs, whether for ritual Druidic use, for medieval self defence, as staffs favoured by pilgrims, or to make shepherds crooks and everyday walking sticks. In the case of the latter two, the pliancy of the Hazel's wood was used to bend the stems into the required shape, though it was also customary to bend the Hazel shoots when still on the tree to 'grow' the bend into a crook or walking stick.
Hibiscus - Delicate Beauty
Juniper The Romans used the Juniper berries for purification and stomach ailments, while the famous medieval herbalist Culpepper recommended them for a wide variety of conditions including the treatment of flatulence, for which Juniper oil is still used today. Chemicals in the berries also stimulate contraction of the uterine muscles and could be administered during labour.
Kauri – Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest. A Sacred Relationship.
Larch – Going Beyond the Limits Tall conifer with spreading branches
Maple – Expansion
Myrrh – Devotion and Mediation
Myrtle – Unity
Oak - Bravery and Power The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is purported to be the tree where Robin Hood and his Merry Men hatched their plots, and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Olive -Peace Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
Palm – Trust
Quince - Fertility and Love From the rose family the common quince is native to Iran and Turkestan. Reaching six metres high with a fragrant white to pale pink flower with golden yellow fruit.
Rose White - I am Worthy of You, Purity
Rose Red - Pure and Lovely
Rose Pink – Charming and Beauty
Rose Yellow – Friendship
Rosemary – Remembrance
Spruce/Fir - Connections with all Life Part of the Pine family, these large evergreen conifers are symbolic with Christmas