The Ancient Fruit: Fig Magical Properties and Uses — Magical Herbs

The Magic of Fig

The Ancient Fruit: Fig Magical Properties and UsesFig has been there since the beginning. It was there since dinosaurs roamed the earth, quietly watching these massive, majestic beasts dominate the land. Fig was there providing a powerful food source before humans even discovered the versatility that wheat, barley and grains would one day provide.

The fig is perhaps one of the oldest plants on the planet, originating in Africa, the very cradle of life itself, and recording the history of earth before history was ever recorded.

The fig tree is revered as the Tree of Life in some cultures. In Greek mythology it is believed that Demeter gave fig to Dionysus as a gift, hence the link to love and fertility. The Greeks revered figs so much that they made it illegal to transport good quality figs.

The Romans held figs sacred as well, and it was believed that the wolf who raised Romulus and Remus rested under a fig tree. The Buddhists view the fig tree as a symbol of enlightenment, as it is believed the Buddha reached his enlightenment under a fig tree.

Fig Magical Correspondences
  • Botanical Name: Ficus Carica
  • Folk Names: Common Fig, Fico, Mhawa, Chagareltin
  • Gender: Masculine
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Element: Fire
  • Deities: Dionysus, Juno, Isis
  • Magical Attributes: Divination, Prosperity, Fertility, Love
Eight Magical Ways to Use Figs
  1. Figs are linked to male potency. Men can eat fresh fig in order to increase their potency and virility, as it increases the motility of male sperm.

  2. As the copious amount of seeds within the fruit suggests, figs can help with fertility magic. Women have carried fig carved into phallic images in order to raise their chances of conceiving.

  3. To get an answer to a question, you can write the question on a fig leaf; if the leaf takes a long time to dry, the answer is yes, and if it dries quickly than the answer is no.

  4. Growing fig in the home can bring the household good luck.

  5. Fig grown in the bedroom can help with restful sleep.

  6. Grow fig in the kitchen to make sure that your family never goes hungry.

  7. When looking for love, give a fig to the person you are trying to court. If they like figs, they will be attracted to you.

  8. When traveling, leave a fig tree outside of the door. This will ensure you return safe and happy.

The Healing Power of Figs*
  • Figs are generously high in fiber, which can help regulate the digestive system.

  • Fig fruit and leaves are sometimes pulverized and gargled to help relieve a sore throat.

  • Figs can help regulate blood sugar and studies have shown it can reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetics.

  • Figs contain a wellspring of powerful nutrients for the body, like Vitamin A, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.

  • Figs can contribute to bone health. They are high in calcium, which helps build stronger bones and phosphorus which can help heal bone damage.

  • Figs are used in certain cultures including India as a sort of salve for relief of venereal diseases.

  • Fig leaf tea is a potent remedy for respiratory problems, such as bronchitis or asthma.

  • Being as figs are high in fiber, they can help regulate the bowels, which in turn helps prevent colon cancer.

  • Dried figs can help protect against heart disease. They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as lower triglycerides, which can all contribute to better coronary health.

  • Figs can boost the immune system, and are a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal.

  • Figs juice is said to remove warts.
Interesting Facts About Figs
  1. Figs are native to the Middle East and Western Asia.

  2. Fig's name comes from the Latin word ficus.

  3. In Ancient Rome, figs were used to fatten geese in preparation for foie gras.

  4. The first figs trees were grown in Africa, and figs have been around for about 100 million years -- since the time of the dinosaurs.

  5. Figs flower within the fruit itself in a process known as enclosed inflorescence. Hundreds of male and female flowers form within the fruit.

  6. Figs are often pollinated by fig wasps, which hatch inside the fruit.

  7. 98% of the United States figs come from California.

  8. Figs have more sugar than any other fruit. They have a 55% natural sugar content.

  9. Fig leaves were often painted into artwork featuring nudity to cover sensitive areas.

  10. It is believed that Rome's first emperor Augustus was poisoned by a fig from his wife that was coated in poison.

  11. Dried figs can be roasted, ground and used as a healthy alternative to coffee.

  12. The "strangler" fig tree is a type of fig tree that literally strangles other trees in order to survive. It grows roots at the bottom of a tree, and as it grows it wraps around the tree and slowly squeezes it to death.

  13. Spanish Franciscan missionaries introduced figs to Southern California in 1758, hence the name of black "mission" figs.

  14. Figs aren't actually a fruit. They are considered a syconium -- an extension of a fig branch that turns into a sac containing flowers.

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To get an answer to a question, write the question on a fig leaf; if the leaf takes a long time to dry, the answer is yes. If the leaf dries quickly the answer is no. -- Fig Magical Properties and Uses
Growing fig in the home can bring the household good luck. Growing fig in the kitchen will make sure that your family never goes hungry. -- Fig Magical Properties and Uses