The Magic of Cherry Fruit
It’s hard to deny the magic of cherries. This beautiful, deep-red fruit and its rich, sweet flavor has inspired many a dish and dessert. When cherry trees blossom in the spring it is a time of enchantment as the sweet, sensuous aroma fills the air, while bright pale pink fluttering flowers adorn streets and gardens reminding us that Spring has finally arrived. The rich hue of cherry wood and its sturdiness lends itself to beautiful furniture, carvings and adornments, and black cherries captivate our imagination and intrigue with their sense of mystery.
10 Magical Ways to use Cherry Fruit
All parts of the cherry tree can be used magically. Cherry wood, oils, and incense can make love spells especially powerful.
Cherry fruit houses what’s often called “cherry stones,” and act as the womb and cradle of this seed. Thus, cherry fruit has long been associated magically and metaphysical with love and fertility.
Cherry fruit is associated with Venus, the Love Goddess, and draws on love energy.
There is a simple, Japanese love spell – the practice of tying a single strand of hair to a blossoming cherry tree to attract love.
Traditional Chinese herbalists viewed cherry’s energy and characteristics as being warm and sweet, and as a fruit it is the emblem on femininity and kindness.
Cherry fruit's plush, red color is resembles the gentle blush in a child’s visage, and also reminds us that cherry is associated with youthfulness and innocence.
A caveat of cherry magical power is its power within the realm of divination. Cherry pits have been used in practice of discernment and foretelling, and its energy can be tapped for psychic pursuits.
Cherry fruit is associated with water and air, and connected to emotional, spiritual, and mental practices.
Cherry juice is also an ample substitute for blood in rituals and magical workings.
Wild cherries specifically are associated with the cuckoo. There is a myth that the cuckoo cannot stop singing until he consumes three, good-sized meals. The cuckoo in the wild cherry tree is also consulted to find out how long one’s life will be.
Cherry Symbolism and Meaning
Cherry trees are almost synonymous with Japanese culture, and are believed to have originated in that country. As ancient Chinese lore recounts, the Goddess Xi Wang Mu had a beloved garden full of the cherries of immortality which would ripen every thousand years.
By natural extension, cherries have come to symbolize immortality and youth. Perhaps because of Xi Wang Mu, the Chinese consider cherries to be representative of femininity and beauty as well.
The Japanese have long cherished the cherry tree, which symbolizes good fortune, beauty and the cycle of life in Japanese culture. However, there is much to discuss about the Japanese and their appreciation for the cherry tree and its fruit and blossoms, which is covered in greater detail here.
The Healing Power of Cherry Fruit*
Many fruits are full of antioxidants, and cherries are no exception. Along with anthocyanins and vitamin C, cherries contain a potent antioxidant called cyanidin which aids in the prevention of cancer.
Both tart cherries and sweet cherries are full of health benefits, but if you can tolerate a little bit of a sour pucker, tart cherries healing properties are myriad and should not be ignore.
Having a hard time getting restful sleep? Tart cherries contain melatonin, which can improve sleep quality.
Studies have shown that tart cherries can even lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Of all fruit, tart cherries contain the most anti-inflammatory properties, and as such, are excellent in relieving arthritic pain, and can also lessen pain when coupled with athletic activities.
Chinese herbalists believe that cherry’s warm and sweet disposition was evidence that it could counteract “cold” disorders, such as rheumatism and arthritis.
Perhaps most notable are cherry fruit’s ability as a remedy for gout. Cherry fruit extract is often used in tablet or capsule form to balance pH levels in the body, which can help with gout and its symptoms.
Tart cherry juice as well has a notable effect on gout. Consuming tart cherry juice daily for four weeks can lower the levels of uric acid in the body, a build-up of which can lead to gout and its symptoms.
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The Healing Power of Wild Cherry Bark*
You may have come across or heard of wild cherry bark. Wild cherry bark is a well known cough remedy, and is usually prepared as a syrup or tea, and it is especially soothing for dry coughs.
In Ancient China, wild cherry bark was appreciated for its medicinal qualities, and brewed into wild cherry bark tea to help with cough symptoms. For the Native Americans, wild cherry bark tea was the go-to lung health.
Wild Cherry Bark is a mild sedative. While it is sometimes used to relieve pregnancy cramps and relax uterine muscles, I would practice much caution and consult a doctor before consuming wild cherry bark tea while pregnant.
As a general rule, it’s best not to drink more than three cups a day of wild cherry bark tea, pregnant or not, as it contains hydrocyanic acid, which is tolerable in small doses, but should not be over-consumed.
Weeping Cherry Fruit
Truth is, there weeping cherry trees do produce fruit, but they are basically inedible. They are much too sour and small to be considered for human consumption, but birds tend to enjoy the fruit and make nest within the branches of the tree to be close to their delicacy.
Weeping cherry trees are mostly used as ornamental trees that can often be found in temple gardens in Japan, where they refer to them as shidare zakura, or “weeping cherry.”
Weeping cherry trees get their name from weeping willow, which it closely resembles. It has branches with white and light pink blossoms which hang low. The most common types of weeping cherry tree are Higan, Shidare Yoshino and “snow fountain.”
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