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The Spiritual Side of Olive Leaves

Wild Olive Leaves

Yesterday I harvested a few branches of olive leaves (we have quite a few wild olive trees in California). If those leaves had been young & tender, I would have saved them for tea. But since it’s almost Fall, I will save them for incense making instead.

After a little research, I discovered that olive leaves are traditionally burnt in Cyprus & Malta as protection against the Evil Eye.

I also read this:

“Olive may be used as a restorative when the mind, body and spirit are all exhausted after spiritual trials. It may also be used to assimilate the transformation of initiation. It allows the centers to open and accept the divine energy, helping the self to achieve inner peace and harmony after the storm.”

From ‘Herbcraft – A Guide to the Shamanic and Ritual Uses of Herbs’ by Anna Franklin & Susan Lavender

The first sentence evokes to me the Olive vibrational remedy which is one of the Bach Remedies.

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Redwood Medicine

I’ve been harvesting redwood branches for years, usually freshly fallen ones. Redwood is an ancient tree, a time & record keeper, with such a nice energy. I always feel at home in the midst of a redwood grove.

A few years ago, I had a hard time finding anything regarding its medicinal uses, except for a few anecdotes regarding Native uses in the past, but nothing specific. Nowadays, for some reason, there is more information available about redwood medicine.

I was especially happy to find a useful link that talks about Western as well as Eastern (TCM) medicinal use for this tree. Some of the info is a confirmation of the things I had observed as well as guessed.