Apples

Red ApplesPROPERTIES OF APPLE

Apples, I believe , are THE  most magical of ingredients. The history of the apple is so long and it has so many uses, I think it stands unrivalled as the most powerful and useful thing we can use in all areas,medicinally, magically and in our cooking. I could not possibly cover all the properties of this amazing fruit in  one page so I expect to be revisiting this…however heres a bit of info to get you started!

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Apples are a wonderful, healing food, easy for the body to digest and able to correct over-acidity of the stomach. They are particularly rich in pectin, a soluble fibre that forms a jelly-like substance, as any jam-maker will know. In the body it helps to regulate digestion, forms a protective coating in the intestines and soothes inflamed tissues so,apples can be used to treat both diarrhoea and constipation. They are also highly recommended for balancing blood sugar levels, as they prevent those dangerous spikes and lows. Apples are cooling and anti-inflammatory. They are wonderfully refreshing and thirst quenching during convalescence, especially when suffering from fevers, coughs and colds. Apple tea, usually prepared by infusing minced fruit or peels in hot water, is not only a delicious drink, but also increases uric acid elimination and is helpful as a supportive remedy in the treatment of arthritic and rheumatic conditions as well as rheumatoid kidney and liver disease. An apple diet is recommended for gout, constipation, haemorrhoids, bladder and kidney disease. An apple at bed time improves the quality of sleep and helps to control night sweat.

The petals of the apple can be infused as a tea to treat fever and also soothes and calms the nerves.

Apples cider vinegar is also wonderful, not just for salads, but for a whole host of health conditions. It is very rich in calcium and can help to improve calcium deficiency related problems such as loss of concentration and memory, weak muscle tone, poor circulation, badly healing wounds, general itchiness, aching joints and lack of appetite. it is a helpful supportive aid for arthritis, gout, rheumatism and skin conditions. It is also beneficial for sinusitis, high blood pressure, migraine, chronic exhaustion and night sweats.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

The apple is magically powerful for all love spells, healing and immortality. It is also used in nature magic(which is still evident today in the wassailing of the cider apple trees in somerset.)

It can be used as a poppet and it is often used during Samhain (halloween) as it is considered to be the fruit of the dead. Samhain is sometimes known as the feast of the apples for that very reason! Try sharing an apple with a loved one for a simple love spell, or pouring cider onto your garden to ensure a good crop next year.

Apples can be used as a form of divination, to tell the probable fortune of a couple in their pursuit of love and happiness.You need to ask the people involved to cut the apple horizontally. Their fortunes are told by interpreting the numbers of seeds that are visible and whether or how many of them were cut in the process.

You might also like to see our pages on Apple Folklore and

Sam Aukland’s article of Apple Days


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