The Plants and Herbs of Samhain~Halloween:
Apple, Cedar, Cherry, Elder, Eucalyptus, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Orange, Palm-Date, Oak, Peach, Pear, Pine, Plum, Quince, Rowan, Sandalwood, Willow, Witch Hazel, African Violet, Agaric, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cuckoo-Flower, Cyclamen, Deerstongue, Devil’s Bit, Elderflower, Garlic, Ginger, Grape, Hemp, Huckleberry, Kalbs Cross, Lavender, Liquorice, Mandrake, Mint, Myrrh, Nettle, Nightshade, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Saffron, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Sloe, Star Anise, Strawberry, Sugar Cane, Tea, Tobacco, Vanilla, Witch Grass, Wolfsbane.
Herb /Plant of the Samhain: Oak
Deities: Dagda, Danus, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus, Herne, Janus, Rhea, Cybele, Hecate, Pan, Erato
Botanical name: Quercus robur
Magickal uses: Magickally, the Oak represents strength and protection. It teaches persistence and endurance. Known as the King of the Forest, the mighty Oak is traditionally associated with strength and courage. It grows to a huge size and great girth and is a very long-lived tree spanning centuries.
Offering its gifts of protection, strength, and courage, Oak makes wonderful magickal tools to last a lifetime or even a special heirloom to be passed down for generations.
Sacred to the Druids and the Greeks, the oak is a tree of strength, protection, and durability. It represents inner fire, courage, and nobility of spirit. At the Greek oracle of Dodoni, the god Zeus speaks by rustling the leaves of the sacred oak. Many Germanic and Celtic tribes made a truce and administered justice under the oak, and the Yule log is traditional of oak as well. As it both attracts lightning and yet seems resilient to it, the oak is sacred to many storm and wind gods, and its power to stand to lightning’s transformative power may have something to do with its meaning in the Ogham, where it is Dur, “door” an Ogham of transformation, the ability to step through the door and create change. Dur is the turning point in the Oghamic calendar, falling at the summer solstice, with Tinne (holly) in the next month, representing the transition from the oak to the holly king. The acorn symbolizes the huge potential in small things.
Uses: Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Medicinal Action and Uses—The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the Ancients, by whom different parts of the tree were used, but it is the bark that is now employed in medicine. Its action is slightly tonic, strongly astringent and antiseptic. It has a strong astringent bitter taste, and its qualities are extracted both by water and spirit. The odor is slightly aromatic.
Like other astringents, it has been recommended in agues and hemorrhages, and is a good substitute for Quinine in intermittent fever, especially when given with Chamomile flowers.
It is useful in chronic diarrhea and dysentery, either alone or in conjunction with aromatics. A decoction is made from 1 OZ. of bark in a quart of water, boiled down to a pint and taken in wineglassful doses. Externally, this decoction has been advantageously employed as a gargle in the chronic sore throat with relaxed uvula, and also as a fomentation. It is also serviceable as an injection for leucorrhoea and applied locally to bleeding gums and piles. Healing Pyorrhea/Gingivitis–tea made from equal parts of white oak bark, taheebo, and lemongrass.