NAME : ASH
GAELIC NAME : NUIN FUINSEOG
LATIN NAME : Fraxinus excelsior.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Nion.
MEDICINAL PART :
DESCRIPTION : Grows
very tall, grows well in water-logged soils helps to drain the land. Outer
bark is pale-grey in colour, leaves are opposite oblong lanceolate. It can
be coppiced and will grow back quickly after being cut down. Also branches
can be taken and planted and will grow.
USES: The Ash has long been used to make hurley sticks an ancient Irish weapon
which is still use today in a fast paced sport although with the loss of most of ireland forests during the 17th and 18th centuries nearly all hurley sticks are now made with imported ash wood
PROPERTIES : Febrifuge
The ash, to the ancient Teutons, represented Ygdrasill, or the world
tree, which was their conception of the universe, and was therefore reverenced.
A sacred tree to the Druid. The ash was often made into wands, which were used
for healing & general or solar magic.