Hawthorne: Symbolism and Recipe

Before churches, pagan peoples of Europe worshiped and created ceremony outdoors, making living altars around trees. Hawthorne trees were one of these central living altars. Prayers, offerings, and sacrifices were given to the tree.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So it’s no surprise that Hawthorne is considered a boundary place between the realms of the human world and the unseen spirit worlds, specifically to the fairies. Folklore from different cultures share there are different varieties of fairies. Brownie fairies may be supportive by completing chores at night. Whereas pixies play tricks, enchanting children and beautiful maidens into joining their dances, or cause travelers to wander for miles in the wrong direction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It’s symbolism as a plant that exists in between realms was represented by being planted at crossroads, when a path splits in different directions. As well as a hedgerow tree to create boundaries on the physical landscape.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Physiologically Hawthorne berry works as a cardiotonic, strengthening the musculature of the heart. And as cross cultural ancient teachings share, the heart is the locus of where spirit and matter collide.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here’s a recipe for soothing and strengthening the ❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • 1 part Hawthorne⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 part Elderberry⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 part Peppermint⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Hawthorne is available as a tea or tincture for the heart, and flower essence for boundary work.