sylvestris, Malus domestica
English: aeppel; Ancient German: aphol, apfal;
Breton: avalenn; Welsh: afallon, afallach,
Scottish Gaelic: abhall, fallach, Ancient Irish:
Identification and therapeutic properties
tree is a small plant, belonging to the Rosaceae
family, and generally it doesn't rise more than
10 meter. It grows in bushes with long branches
and it can be found in clearings and sunny
groves. Apple tree is cropped very easily and a
lot of archaeological proofs demonstrate it was
used and grown since Stone Age.
is rough and slightly grey, the wood is hard and
characterized by beautiful grain. For this
peculiarities wood artisans appreciate it.
leaves and flowers, formed by five white-pinkish
petals, sprout in Spring, between April and May,
while fruits ripen throughout the Summer and
they are harvested in late Autumn. Fruits differ
from apple-tree species: wild tree fruits are
small, hard, greenish and slightly sour taste;
cultivated tree fruits are bigger than wild
apples, they also are coloured, tender and very
sweet. There are more than 1000 kind of
cultivated type of apple trees.
the most used part of the apple tree in medicine
and in herbalism. Apple is considered for
excellence the fruit of healing and health
because of its innumerable properties.
all it stimulates and strengthens metabolism,
helping fat elimination. Apple purifies the
whole body, it removes toxins andseasonally
illnesses because it acts as febrifuge and is
rich in vitamins that the body needs. Apple,
indeed, is composed by 85% of water and by 13%
of glucose, organic acids, pectin, tannin and
many vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, PP and E).
encourages blood production and digestion, it's
relaxing for the nervous system but it would be
better not eat it in the evening, because it
could ferment inside the stomach during the
night and give some problem.
whole fruit is refreshing and thirst-quenching;
parings contain the good essences that give to
apple its intense and sweet scent and they help
kidney and urinary bladder because they are
purifying and diuretic.
apples are eaten uncooked they are astringent
and invigorating: they calm diarrhoea and make
firm wrinkled skin and breast. If apples are
eaten cooked, instead, they help in case of
constipation and they placate the sore throat.
Both uncooked and fried apples are diuretic and
purifying, they stimulate activities of
kidneys, liver and urinary bladder.
apples have a lot of beneficial properties,
their seeds are toxic and if eaten profusely (a
full cup) they can be mortally.
fruits, the whole plant has a lot of healing
properties. Bark is invigorating, it constricts
blood vessels and body tissues and it is
stimulating and febrifuge; buds and flowers are
diuretic and they are a good treatment for
cystitis and kidney stones.
Healing (and greedy!) recipes
(In the event
of allergy a doctor must be consulted)
easiest and most immediate recipe is to eat
apples in any way: uncooked, cooked and fried.
They always release their miraculous properties
and the body can use them.
Reinvigorating apple treatment:
very ripe apples, better if they are just picked
and grate thinly them in a capacious bowl.
darken in air and eat them (1kg or 1 ½ kg
daily) for one or, better, two days, without
sugar or other food and drink a lot of water.
Third day add some light, genuine and low fat
food. Fourth day restart to eat normally
(healthy). Thanks to this treatment, to follow
annually, stomach,kidneys, liver and blood are
going to completely regenerate.
Apple infusion to purify the body:
In 1 l
of hot water infuse one or two handfuls of apple
flowers and leaves ( also bark or buds or both).
Drink two or three cups per day . Alternatively
prepare a decoction. Put apple tree portion in 1
l of cold water and bring to boiling, let it to
boil for 10 minutes.
Apple juice to stimulate and tone up the body:
apple as much as you like adding some sugar or
honey. Drink during the day, without overdoing,
otherwise spread on breast and body to obtain
elastic and firmed skin.
ancient time, cider can be prepared with apple,
a low alcoholic drink obtained from apple juice
fermentation. Cider and mead (mead is prepared
only with honey) were holy drinks for Celts and
northern people. This drinks are considered a
Ingredients: 150 g of flour, 100 g of sugar, 2
eggs, ½ glass of milk, 1 lemon peel grated,
yeast, 1 hg of apples.
capacious bowl shake eggs with sugar, add sifted
flour, lemon peel, milk and yeast. Work until
you obtain a soft and velvety dough, without
lump. Grease a baking pan with butter (or use
greaseproof paper) and pour the dough. Slice up
apples and coat the whole dough area, then brush
it with melted butter and sprinkle sugar on it.
Preheat oven to 200°C and bake apple tart for 50
Myths, traditions and magic uses.
the Great Mother tree, the woody image that
reflects the mysterious Woman secrets.
draws of its rough bark, on the engraved pages
of its leaves, never lost memories are preserved
of far divine dwellings, whispered echoes of
magic kingdoms, that silent blow along misty
perfect fruit contains mysterious clues, that
guide towards the Border, towards the
luminescence of a lost Kingdom.
Celts considered apple tree as the tree of
Knowledge and Magic for excellence, the
depositary of Wisdoms from the Soul.
apple, indeed, was one of the most important
symbol of the Otherworld. Apple, also, attracted
the heart to rejoin the Otherworld and it was
the spiritual nourishment, which could heal
every wound, alleviate every pain and lead to
particulary conditions where you could
experiment and live in communion with the Gods.
the myths in which it appears as a magical
emblem of the enchanted Worlds , donated by
women from far islands, yet achievable in a
single beat of eyelashes. The Celtic tradition,
especially , retains a profusion of stories in
which the main character, usually a man, with
bright heart and spirit, must face an arduous
journey in search of exotic islands with
miraculous apple orchards.
These powers recall what can be achieved with
the elevation of Soul and the cancellation, even
temporary, of personality, or what, according to
legend, could cause one bite of apple. The
eternal Nourishment, the perception of songs and
music which are able to enchant, the complete
Healing of body and mind, and the acquisition of
Sight, namely the ability to "open the
Illusion’s mists" are just some of them, which
could be enough to live without suffering the
weight of Life itself for eternity.
That is why we say that the apple brings
Eternal Youth and Immortality.
Through its gifts, which could ease the
perception of our Ancient Soul, the existence
loses its apparent emptiness, time loses its
importance and life looks like what could be in
reality: a small and short breath, a heart beat
preceded and followed by many others, the ring
of a long chain of light and a magical Way,
whose goal, perhaps, is to achieve this
The closeness between the apple and the
Otherworld is even clearer in Arthurian
literature, which tells the royal departure of
the great Arthur. He, laid down by
Morgan le Fay and her sisters on a dark
boat, is led to Avalon, sacred place where
Women wisdom is used to treat life-threatening
injuries and regenerate the spirit. Here, the
king is lovingly cured so that he can return
among men when he will be needed.
The Avalon Women are Holy Feminine priestesses,
and Morgan le Fay, the most wise, is often
called the Lady of Apples. As the apple, she
cares and poisons, knows the power of life and
death, embodies the white and black and shares
the divine fruit power.
The very name Avalon derives both from Gaelic
Emhain Abhlach, both from Welsh Ynis Afallach or
Ynis Afallon, as well as from Breton Avalenn and
the Scottish Fallach or Abhall; all names that
literally mean "Island of Apples", "Island of
Apple Orchad", "Land of Apples," or simply
"Apple". Since the apple is the Guide of the
journey and its resolution, the meam and the
realization , the journey towards Beyond and at
the same time, its vibrant Essence.
This Way is always made through the waters, as
traditional legends tell; waters that the
Wayfarer must cross to reach the Sacred Island.
And this magical connection between the magical
realms and water repeats strangely among the
water itself and the apple. The union of these
two elements, indeed, is capable of producing
very intense and penetrating energy waves that
seems to affect emotions and the fibres of the
body, recalling details and pleasant being
state. That is why the apple orchards grown
close to watercourses should be crossed with an
open heart and infinite respect, because between
the gentle curves of the trees the magic could
occur powerful, unusual encounters could happen
unexpectedly and the Otherworld could be much
closer of what you think.
Particular features of apples, considered sacred
by the ancients, are the symbols that appear
when you recide them into two halves. Cut
horizontally, in fact, they reveal in the
centre, a five-pointed star, or a flower with
five petals, depending on how you want to
consider it. Cut vertically, instead, the heart
of the fruit reveals the divine aidoion muliebre,
the shape of a vulva, the sacred flower for
Like other fruits that resemble this delicate
drawing with half-closed sweet lips and clearly
visible seeds (the fig and pomegranate), the
apple hides the feminine essence and it is a
reminder to women because they find the full
awareness of its archaic bond with the Mother.
It is the fruit of the Goddess as Woman, and of
the Woman as human reflection of the Goddess.
This could be the reason why it is always
offered by female figures, Fairies and Queens of
The scarlet surface, the sweet honey flesh, the
round and sensual shape of apple, were also an
old invitation to love, a voluptuous gift that
the woman offered to her lover to invite him,
into the body and fiery spirit, to join her.
In apple there are the eternal muliebre beauty,
the sweet and warm flame, the languid desire
that comes alive in the sacred belly .
And the thrill of the young chosen, enchanted,
as he nodded and bit the fruit.
Considering the apple red, it is clearly visible
the presence, in a single fruit, of three sacred
colours of the Triple Goddess : the sweet white
of pulp, which refers to the Maiden in flower,
the vermilion skin, effigy of the Mother, and
the black seeds, which are tools of death and
regeneration and belong to the obscure Witch.
Among Ancient Celts these colours symbolized the
Goddess Sovereignty, which held between her
hands a wand or a branch to which three apples
were hung. She gave this precious object to the
Sacred King or to the man who, for spirit
nobility and harmonious intent, was chosen to
lead the kingdom in respect of the Ancient
A golden apple was also the gift that the Great
Mother, like a beautiful Maiden on a black horse
, offered to poets. It was the bearer of divine
Inspiration and of deep enchantment, essential
elements for the settlement of poetic works.
The bond between the Otherworld and the apple
capability to facilitate contacts between the
two dimensions, made this fruit particularly
aligned with the feast of Samhain, when the
proximity between the two worlds is at the apex.
The apple was considered a Magic Door through
which you could go beyond the veil of visible,
to meet spirits and magic entities and listen
to their secret messages. Apple was considered a
fruit of Death, both for its capability to
poison and regenerate, both because it was a
magic symbol and an instrument of Initiation.
The knowledge that it offered, in fact, required
a sacrifice, even temporary, and the testing of
death itself (think of the wonderful fairy tale
of Snow White).
During the night of Samhain apples were cut in a
cauldron full of water which represented life
and death, the transition from one to another
and spiritual regeneration.
In Scotland, during the apple harvest, some
apples were left on the trees, because the
not-yet-come babies could be nourished during
their journey which led them from the Otherworld
to their mother’s bellies. And for the same
purpose apples were placed on the graves of the
deceased, despite their journey would have
brought them in the opposite direction, to the
In the Celtic tradition, the Apple was one of
the most loved trees and It was one of the five
Master Trees . Apple wood was one of the nine
timber used for the sacred fires, but it was cut
and burned rarely because the fall of an apple
tree was considered a heinous act, which, in
profane contexts , involved the liable killing.
In Britain two apples could placate the most
violent storms; it was enough to contemplate
them inside a box, intoning hymns and litanies
to enchant the wind, and then pass them from
hand to hand among those present at the ritual.
Because of their powers related to love, to
woman seduction and to languor and erotic
desire, apples were the fruits sacred to the
beautiful Goddess Aphrodite and they were also
used by witches in their amorous rites and for
their talismans that they would pack to
propitiate the long life and joyous interior
If in ancient time the offering of an apple to a
man by a woman could symbolize the gift of
divine Wisdom, of Immortality and Love, with the
coming of Christianity it took decidedly
negative connotations, because it was precisely
this gesture, made by Eva, which caused the
original sin and all the ills of humanity.
In fact, the Bible doesn't speak explicitly of
an apple, but only of the "Forbidden Fruit".
Nevertheless, the symbolism of the apple, which
is a source of divine knowledge, looks congruent
to the events narrated in the Old Testament,
and it is also interesting to note that the
Latin origin of the word "apple" is "pomum,"
literally meaning " fruit "; this could be the
reason of the association and overlap with the
mysterious biblical fruit.
What transpires from the apple is something that
mere words can't describe, but that the spirit
It is the Initiatory Way to the contemplation of
the Divine. It is the magic Key thanks to which
you acquire the archaic Wisdom of Women.
The whole Wayfarer journey is inside of apple,
as well as the different stages of his life,
again represented by its three emblematic
Biting the apple, crossing the red and white,
you meet the death-carrier core, but this black
nucleus is merely a seed, the promise of new
life after death, the regeneration after the
Buried safely in the dark and damp earth, it
changes into sprout. And in the quiet warmth a
new and splendid apple tree rises from darkness.
Similarly we cross the layers of the apple and
run along the Path towards its pulsating centre.
And in the sweet love that gladdens us, we look
deep into our Origin, the vivid almond that has
generated and, through it, the reunion with the
sacred womb of the Goddess.
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