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the sloe fruit of the Blackthorn

BLACKTHORN

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earliest flowers, before growing leaves

 

NAME :  BLACKTHORN


GAELIC NAMES : DRAIGHEAN, DRAIGHEÁN.

 

LATIN NAME : Prunus spinosa.


COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Mother of the wood Sloe Wild plum Wishing Thorn


MEDICINAL PART : Flowers Fruit Bark of the Root


PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland Europe & Asia.


HABITAT : Along old bank and hedges-rows and in wild bog areas.


DESCRIPTION : Blackthorn is a shrub growing to a height of 5m. Was used to make sloe gin. This is the source of all Plums.


FLOWERING PERIOD : March to April. With the fruit ripening in October.


PROPERTIES :  Aperient Astringent Diaphoretic Diuretic Stomachic

 

USES : A tea made from blackthorn leaves is a mild purgative, it also helps bladder problems, catarrh and bronchial problems.  Juice of fresh berries helps inflammations of the throat, although is very astringent/drying.  A jam made from the fruit makes a palatable laxative. A decoction of the roots is said to cure fever.

 

GATHERING:  The fruit is best if gathered after a few frosts as this sweetens the rather bitter fruit.

 

Medical Properties of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi

 

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MAGICAL PROPERTIES

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GENDER : Masculine

PLANET : Mars

ELEMENT : Fire

CELTIC GODS : Bel the Fire God Dagda

CELTIC GODDESS : Banba Macha Druantia

 POWERS : Exorcism Protection

OGHAM LETTER: ST Straif

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RITUAL USES
Call on Dagda for use in exorcism rituals, Call on Bel for protection from fire, Call on Macha for general protection.

MAGICAL USES

Used for creating magical wands which can be used for many purposes, just carried confers protection from evil, can be used for wishes.  Also good for divining rods.

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Magical Properties ; Magical Powers of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi

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Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Blackthorn

 

Crith Gablach - Brehon Law Poem

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