Herb of the Month: Hawthorn
One of the sacred Ogham trees of Ireland, hawthorn or huath in Irish, representing the letter H, is the tree that symbolises Bealtaine and is a herb of abundant medicine. Hawthorn, or whitethorn, is easily identifiable during this time as her creamy blossoms brighten hedgerows, stone walls, fields and sacred sites. Hawthorn is also known the fairy tree as it is believed, especially a solo tree in a field, that it is a place that fairies would stop to rest (or party!) as they traversed across the land.
When in full bloom, the scent of hawthorn wafting through the summer air is heady and uplifting. In the movie, Dare to Be Wild, about Mary Reynolds, designer of Brigit’s Garden, Mary talks about hawthorn representing hope. She used 200 year old hawthorns in her gold-medal winning Chelsea Garden Show design.
The medicine we need grows right at our back door and hawthorn, with her ubiquitous presence, is a testament to that. Her leaves and flowers, her thorns and stems, her berries, all provide healing to the body and the spirit. Hawthorn is a member of the rose family and offers generously to nourish and protect the heart. She strengthens the heart tissue, eases angina and palpitations due to anxiety or hormonal response. Hawthorn berry tincture warms the heart and softens anger. In tea or tincture, hawthorn lowers blood pressure, brings vitality and efficiency to the circulatory system. Her berries, stems and thorns are high in antioxidants. You can create an infused honey or flower remedy with her flowers.
Hawthorn Flower Infused Honey
1 cup of fresh hawthorn blossoms, a few leaves, a few thorns
1 cup of local, raw honey
Place fresh hawthorn blossoms, leaves and thorns in a clear glass jar and cover with honey procured from your local beekeeper. Place in a sunny window for 30 days. The heat and the sun will extract/ release the constituents from the hawthorn flowers into the honey. Strain after a month and take one tablespoon per day, adding to your hawthorn flower tea, dribble over your summer salad leaves, dip strawberries in it. Medicine is delicious!
Herbal Classes at Brigit's Garden
Join Tonja on 7th May for Herbcraft: Bealtaine to learn more about hawthorn and 3 other native herbs, to create medicine for the season and with the season, and to celebrate community. For more information click here.
The following food will be provided during the festival:
At the Garden Café
Saturday 9.00a.m to 8.30pm
Sunday 8.30 - 5.00pm
Drinks available up to 10.30pm Saturday night
At our Garden BBQ
Saturday 12.00- 8.00pm
At the Food Stalls
Saturday 12.00 - 8.00pm
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm
The Garden Café will serve
Breakfast includes a buffet bar with cereals, bacon/sausage rolls, croissants etc.
Lunch & Dinner is a delicious range of pastas, salads, hot dinners, kids rolls and drinks include a selection of herbal teas, coffee, wine, craft beers and minerals.
There will also be a range of homemade treats in store for your delight
The Garden BBQ will be sizzling sausages and burgers with all the trimmings and the Food Stalls will be serving a variety of foods from Asian street food, baked potatoe, pizza, chips to delicious artisan ice-cream.
Brigit's Garden is 20km from Galway city just off the Wild Atlantic Way.
From Galway city take the N59 in the direction of Clifden. Go through Moycullen and after about 8km you reach the small village of Roscahill. You will see a brown heirtage sign with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to the right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Overnight for Campervans, contact Dessie Walsh in Oughterard, €10 per van, email@example.com 085 2899391
Hostel Accommodation: Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
Salthill Caravan Park ; Salthill, Galway City, County Galway
Tel: 091 523972; 086 8175551 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiddal Mobile Home Park www.spiddalmobilehomes.ie Tel: 091 553372, Mob: 087 7607698 Email: email@example.com
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard
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Slán go fóill :)*