the sloe fruit of the Blackthorn
earliest flowers, before growing leaves
GAELIC NAMES : DRAIGHEAN, DRAIGHEÁN.
LATIN NAME : Prunus spinosa.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES :
Mother of the wood
MEDICINAL PART : Flowers
Bark of the Root
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland
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.
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.
The fruit is best if gathered after a few frosts as this sweetens the rather
Call on Dagda for use in exorcism rituals, Call on Bel for
protection from fire, Call on Macha for general protection.
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.
Myths and Legends associated with Blackthorn
Gablach - Brehon