As I was walking through the woods, I stumbled upon a mulberry tree full of fat, juicy, ripe berries. I was instantly transported back to elementary school where a mulberry tree stood in the corner of the schoolyard. At recess near the end of the year, my friends and I would sneak off to the tree for a snack. We’d return with purple stained fingers and mouths that betrayed what we were up to. What a delight!
The rain had just washed them all clean, so there was nothing left for me to do but indulge in a little nostalgia. A squirrel shared the bounty with me. The two of us chowed down on one of summer’s natural gifts.
Magical Uses of Mulberries
The magical properties of anything come from their nature. As mulberries don’t blossom until the danger of the last frost as passed, one of its magical properties is patience. You will also require a bit of patience to get mulberries if you plant a young one. It takes ten years for a tree to produce its first crop of berries.
The Japanese use the leaves to feed silkworms. Thus the mulberry also has the energy of self-sacrifice, nurturing, and support.
Other magical properties are strength, wisdom, help to connect with ancestors, and protection.
Medicinal Qualities of Mulberries
Mulberries grow around the globe and have a place in most traditional medicine practices. Different parts of the tree are used for treating diseases of the mouth, throat, and lungs. Berries have a laxative effect and can be used in the treatment of dysentery. They are high in vitamins and resveratrol.
Additionally, they have been used to help fend off prematurely grey hair, anemia, incontinence, expel worms, strengthen the blood, and fight obesity. Recent studies say that mulberries can fight breast cancer cells and reduce bad cholesterol. Makes you want to eat some berries, doesn’t it?
Of course, if you want to use any plant medicinally, you need to learn more. It’s not just about eating berries. This article is just here to whet your appetite.
Greek mythology has a mulberry story. Originally the berries were white, but when forbidden lovers Pyramus and Thisbe died under a mulberry tree, the berries absorbed their blood. They have been a deep red ever since.
German folklore says that the devil uses mulberry leaves to polish his boots. Clearly this is not an auspicious sign!
Part of being an animist is getting to know and appreciate your environment. So many wonderful things are in bloom right now. The early harvest foods, like mulberries and strawberries, are making their appearance. (Lucky for me the mulberries are on public property and I don’t need a garden to partake of the bounty). Go out and see some of it. Let me know what you are enjoying now.