Spring arrives with a sudden vigor. Blossoms burst forth and weeds abound. Our own being is awakened, we begin to act on all the plans and ideas that have incubated in the dark over winter. If our etheric forces are not strong enough, the energy of spring can deplete us, leaving us vulnerable to exhaustion and our immune system open to the elements.
If our reserves are sapped, we need to replenish our energy and build up our inner vitality to last through this time of intense growth and energy, and to build a foundation we can draw on in the coming summer.
Blackthorn is a gift from nature that holds an inward vitality that we can call on and use when our own vitality is lacking. In times of exhaustion, it is the inner vitality of Blackthorn that we can call upon on. When convalescing, during pregnancy and after child birth, and when the demands of everyday life get too much.
Blackthorn in Nature
Blackthorn is one of the first plants to respond to the spring energy. They break into early blossom and hold their spring time vigor right through to late summer. As all the other blossoming fruit trees succumb to the transformation of summer, the Blackthorn holds back its ripening and very quietly begins to develop the small astringent plums.
Blackthorn as Medicine
In Anthroposophic Medicine Blackthorn is used in the form of a pleasant tasting Elixir (Weleda), Body Oils (Dr Hauschka and Wala), Baths, or prescribed as an internal remedy. In all forms it helps increase energy and provide an inner strength and vitality.
Annette Batchelor ND RM BT
Naturopathic Consultations in the Spirit of Anthroposophy, Victoria, Australia