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HOLLY

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NAME :  Holly


GAELIC NAME : Cuileann

 

LATIN NAME : Ilex aquifolium.


COMMON / FOLK NAMES :   Aquifolius Bat's Wings English Holly European Holly Holy Tree Holm Chaste Hulm Hulver Bush Mountain Holly Tinne


MEDICINAL PART : Leaves.


PLACES OF ORIGIN : Grows wild and cultivated in Ireland, Europe and is cultivated in the U.S.


HABITAT : Grows along hedgerows and in wild areas.


DESCRIPTION : Holly is an evergreen tree. It can reach a height of 30 foot. It has smooth bark and green branches, which bear alternate dark green, shiny, leathery or waxy, spiny leaves. There is both a male and female of this tree with only the female producing the red berries.


FLOWERING PERIOD : From May to June small white flowers appear in umbellate clusters, developing on the female plants into pea-sized , red, berry-like drupes which remain through the winter.


PROPERTIES : Astringent Diuretic Expectorant Febrifuge


USES : Holly has been used for gout, stones and urinary problems, for chronic bronchitis, rheumatism and arthritis.

Caution -: The berries are mildly poisonous and are dangerous to small children.

 

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 : DagdaTaliesin

CELTIC GODDESS : BanbaMachaDruantiaDanu

POWERS : ProtectionAnti-LightningLuckDream Magic

OGHAM LETTER : T tinne

CELTIC MONTH : June

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MAGICAL USES
An excellent protective herb, Holly guards against lightning, poison and evil spirits. Planted around the home it protects it and its inhabitants from mischievous sorcerers. When thrown at wild animals, holly makes them lie down quietly and leave you alone, even if you don't hit them with the plant. Holly water (infused or distilled) is sprinkled on newborn babies to protect them.

Holly is also carried to promote good luck, especially by men, since the Holly is a 'male' plant. 

( Ivy is the corresponding plant for women.) It is also hung around the house for good luck.

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

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Stories, Myths & Legends Associated with Holly

Crith Gablach - Brehon Law Poem

The Cave of Ceiscoran

The Green Champions

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