MIND/BODY BENEFITS: Aspen encourages individuals to overcome fears and face the unknown with confidence. They symbolize the strength of community. Embrace our shadow to grow. Move closer to your fear. Trust your inner voice, listen within. Shed the old. Symbolism of adventure and encourages us to recognize our wings.
HEALING PROPERTIES: The bark of Aspen contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. In some Native American traditions, women drink a tea made of the leave to ease menstrual cramps.
STONE: Black Opal
HISTORY & LEGEND: Aspen trees live in communities, they are healthiest when they include trees at all different levels of maturity. The word aspen comes from the Greek aspen, meaning shield.
B I R C H
ESSENCE OF FEMININITY, GRACE & NEW BEGINNINGS.
MIND/ BODY BENEFITS: Birch trees have been long associated with divine feminine energy. They represent survival grace, renewal and spiritual growth. Across cultures many believe that Birch trees symbolize a promise for new life and love.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Sweet Birch Oil Properties: good for eczema, antiseptic, mouthwash, helps breakdown gall stones and kidney stones. The leaves are diuretic and antiseptic. The bark is believed to relieve muscle pain.
CORRESPONDING CHAKRA: Anahata (Heart)
COLOR – White
STONE – Crystal
POLARITY – Feminine
ELEMENTS – Air & Water
BIRTH MONTH - January
HISTORY & LEGEND – It is believed that the word ‘birch’ was derived from the Sanskrit word bhurga meaning ‘a tree whose bark is used to write upon.’ Gardeners use birch to purify their gardens. To many, the birch is the regarded as the feminine presence of the forest.
C H E R R Y
ORIGIN: Europe and Western Asia
ESSENCE OF ROMANCE, ATTRACTION & RENEWAL
MIND/BODY BENEFITS: Cherry wood is believed to possess the power of attracting true love. Symbolize immorality and youth. Traditions believe it clears pain of the heart and allows individuals to relate to others with compassion. Linked to the root chakra - sex, birth, the force of attraction.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Cherry tree fruit can be used at a diuretic and is believed to improve blood circulation. The bark is believed to suppress cough and other anti-inflammatory benefits.
ELEMENT: Water & Earth
STONE: Garnet/ Red Coral
CHAKRA: Muladhara (Root)
HISTORY & LEGEND: In Japanese tradition the cherry tree is a reminder that life is overwhelmingly beautiful, but short. In the Middle Ages, Cherry and Apple trees were gifted to ensure bountiful harvest.
M A H O G A N Y
ESSENCE OF GUIDANCE AND PROTECTION
MIND/BODY BENEFITS: Strong connection to earth energy – good for drawing strength and protection from earth. Enhances intuition.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Tea, made from the bark of mahogany, helps reduces fevers and ease diarrhea. The tea made from seeds is used to soothe toothaches. Mahogany fruit can be used as an energy drink that is believed to increase blood circulation and lower cholesterol. It is also believed to improve male sexual vitality. Mahogany seeds are antibacterial and antimicrobial.
COLOR: Deep Grey
PLANET: EARTH, MARS, MERCURY, MOON
ELEMENT: FIRE & EARTH
HISTORY & LEGEND: Mahogany is one of the most highly sought after tone woods and is sought after by luthiers around the world.
M A P L E
ESSENCE OF BALANCE, GENEROSITY & ABUNDANCE
MIND/ BODY BENEFITS: Maple is useful in moon magic and in spells related to travel, learning and decision-making, especially in matters related bringing about or dealing with change. Maple is also useful for spiritual healing. It is the tree of offering, giving oneself so others may benefit. Creation, communication, binding, revolution, rebirth, healing, beauty, abundance. Maple is the travelers wood
HEALING PROPERTIES: Maple is believed to strengthen the liver. A decoction made with the bark can be used to treat sores, ease coughs and relieve cramps.
PLANET: Moon & Jupiter
HISTORY & LEGEND:
The word acer is from the Latin meaning "sharp" which refers to the pointed leaves. Maple sugar was being made by the Native Americans long before European colonists came to America. A number of stories exist to explain where the practice came from.
People from around the world travel to see Maple trees in the fall for the beautiful changing of the leaves. During the Industrial Revolution in North America, many stands of pines were cut down to make boxes and replaced with maples and spruce.
BIRTH MONTH: October
S A P E L E
ORIGIN: African Tropics, Europe and Western Asia
ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALITY, DIVINATION & GROWTH.
MIND/BODY BENEFITS: The Sapele stands tall and straight, the wide trunk bares no branches until 90 feet high – it represents reaching up towards the highest version of yourself. Tapping into your deepest spiritualty. Sapele represents radical self-reliance and expression.
HEALING PROPERTIES: The bark of sapele is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat headaches and eye infections. Also from the bark, a decoction can made to treat bronchitis, colds and other chest infections.
POLARITY: Male & Female
HISTORY & LEGEND: The reproduction means of Sapele is relatively unknown. Initially, it was considered to be hermapharoditic, with each flower containing both male and females organs. Recent studies reveal that Sapele trees bear separate male and female flowers.
T E A K
ORIGIN: Southeast Asia
ESSENCE OF CHARISMA, PROTECTION & BLESSINGS
MIND/ BODY BENEFITS: Sacred teak wood is said to possess mystical properties which can enhance a person's charisma and credibility. Teak wood is resilient, strong and versatile. Carrying or wearing teak is believed to provide protection from harm.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Nearly every part of the teak tree has medicinal uses. The leaves possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In Ayurveda, the wood is considered a laxative and used to ease menstrual pain. The roots are used for urinary tracts infections. In Asia, they used fresh or dried leave as a gargle for sore throats. Flowers and seeds have diuretic properties.
STONE: Amethyst, Sapphire, Moonstone
HISTORY & LEGEND: Teak is widely recognized for its capacity to withstand changed in weather and season. One of the reason for this is the ability of the Teak to bend, but not break, in the face of high winds. The strength and durability of teak wood made it a favorite of shipbuilders since the Middles Ages.
W A L N U T
ESSENCE OF EMPOWERMENT, WISDOM & INTELLIGENCE
MIND/BODY BENEFITS: Black Walnut is symbolic of confidence, intelligence, inspiration and wisdom. Carrying walnut is believed assist with life transitions by to activating deep wisdom. It encourages the wearer to expel negativity, move toward change and break out of the cocoon.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Black Walnut is most well-known for its anti-parasitic properties. It is effective against ringworm, tapeworm and other intestinal parasites. The tannins in black walnut has an astringent effect which helps tighten the epidermis. It’s used to treat viral wart, eczema, acne, psoriasis and poison ivy. It’s also antifungal and antimicrobial.
ELEMENT: Fire & Sun
STONE: Rose Quartz
ORIGIN: North America
HISTORY & LEGEND: Ancient Greeks stewed walnuts and ate them to increase fertility. Carrying a walnut in the shell was also believed to increase fertility. In Appalachia, carrying black walnut was seen as a good luck charm.
The leaves from the tree are gathered in the spring or summer and dried for use in relief of skin conditions. Tea made from the leaves is also used for stomach problems and sore throat. The green husks of the walnut have natural healing properties as well. They are boiled in water with honey added when cooled and used for sore throats. The husks are also known for being germicidal and antiseptic.
The tree was also sacred to Astarte, the Semitic goddess of war, sexuality and fertility. The Greeks later came to associate her with Aphrodite who is most commonly known as a goddess of love and beauty.
It once was called the tree of evil since witches in Italy are said to have danced under walnut trees during their rituals. Modern Pagans and witches may not carry on this specific tradition, but its use in magic is still prevalent. Specifically, carrying the nut in the shell is believed to promote fertility of mind and body.
The walnut tree is also helpful in making a transition from one state of affairs to another including major changes in life circumstances. It has the ability to break the link of past unwanted associations. Meditation on the energy of the walnut tree helps to bring clarity and strength to make the needed change.
Cleansing, healing, spirituality, focus, insight and protection. Black walnut trees are notorious for preventing the growth of other plants. Early settlers used the outer part of the walnut to dye their hair dark brown and black.
W I L L O W
ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere
ESSENCE OF CREATIVITY
MIND/BODY BENEFITS: Associated with white magic, healing, poetry and music. The whimsical qualities of willows welcome fertility, enhance intuition and increase our connection to self-love.
HEALING PROPERTIES: Willow bark contains salicin or salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin. Infusions from the bark have long been used as a remedy for rheumatism and fevers. Willow sap can remedy acne. It is astringent, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spetic.
CHAKRA: Ajna (Third Eye)
HISTORY & LEGEND: Most willow trees are found near water or in damp places.