9030Beltaine (May Day) Blessings!
- May 1 7:31 AMBELTAINE BLESSINGS ALL!
(Of course, its not officially Beltaine until the Hawthorns bloom, because that’s when you know its warm enough to send the cows back up to the hills...)
Hawthorn, May Tree, Whitethorn
Parts used: flowers, leaves, and fruits
Gaelic: sgiach, sgitheach
Latin: Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus oxyacantha
Steep the flower buds and young leaves to make a tea for sore throats. Tincture the flowers and leaves in early spring or the red berries in the fall to make a heart tonic that will help to balance blood pressure. Caution: this herb lowers blood pressure over time. The berries can also be simmered to make a sore throat tea.
Flower tea: steep 2 tsp. buds per 1 cup of water, take up to 1 ½ cups a day in ¼ cup doses. Berry tea: simmer 1 tsp. crushed berries per ½ cup water for about 20 minutes. Take up to 1 ½ cups a day in ¼ cup doses.
Lore: the totem plant of the Ogilvies. Where oak and ash and thorn grow together one is likely to see Fairies. (excerpt from my book SCOTTISH HERBS AND FAIRY LORE, Pendraig Publishing)
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Celtic Tree Magic Workshop, Western MA, September 2013, Gaelic chants and prayers, tree herbalism
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