Its Beltaine and May is the month of the Hawthorn tree.....
Mark the fair blooming of the Hawthorn Tree.
who finely clothed in a robe of white,
Fills full the wanton eye with May's delight
Hawthorn teachings at Beltaine...
Crataegus Oxycantha is a small tree of the Rose family that has always been associated with weddings, fertility and the pagan festival of Beltaine. The heart medicine of our land, Hawthorn is known as the Faery Tree and the Queen of Beltaine marking the cross quarter between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice and heralding prayers for a fertile and abundant summer. Beltane means “white fire.” It derives from the Gaelic bealltainn and the Old Irish Bel(l)taine. The “Bel” of Beltane arises from PIE bhel meaning “shining white.” The “tainn” means fire. In the celebration of Beltaine, on May Day, this “white shining” refers to the hawthorn tree. White-barked hawthorn wood burns very hot—hot enough to melt pig iron. It literally gets white-hot. The Beltaine fires were always burnt to celebrate the start of the summer, the time when the maiden and young stag would unite, love and passions would ignite. Following on from this, the blossoms were traditionally worn by brides to enhance love and give blessings for their marriage, and also symbolising the joy and hope of the season
This heart warming formula has been created to give your heart and soul a chocolate hug.
Cacao is full of heart healthy nutrients and feel good natural neurotransmitters of heart warming wellbeing and happiness. Combined with Hawthorn berries, a well known balancing heart tonic, and regulator, cooling Lime Blossoms, relaxing Lemon balm, and strengthening Motherwort. This has been lovingly formulated over many months to create a calming nutritive blend. To slow the heart and strengthen the will, soothe the nerves, and set your pace for the coming summer months.
Cacao powder is packed with flavonoids. These nutrients have been shown to help lower blood pressure, and improve blood flow to the brain and heart.
It also is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. And to top it off it is one of the highest plant based sources of magnesium and iron, 40 times the antioxidants of Blueberries, with high levels of zinc copper and selenium!
Hawthorn berries are an all round Heart tonic, packed with flavonoids and potent
They can strengthen the heart, lower blood pressure and have a normalising effect on cholesterols. It improves the nutrition, activity, energy reserves and energy release of the heart muscle. Hawthorn reduces heat, lessening restlessness, irritability, anxiety and nervousness. In recent years, it has also been cited as a remedy for autoimmune heat and inflammation.
Melissa - lemon balm - cooling, calming, mood enhancing and sedative. Paracelsus named it the Elixir of Life. Particularly suited where there has been sympathetic excess, with heart palpitations, nervous depression and exhaustion. This member of the mint family is rich in essential oil constituents such as citral, citronellal and geranial. It also contains the potent antioxidant rosmarinic acid and various polyphenols, tannins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, resins, and flavonoids that contribute to its therapeutic properties.
Motherwort - .Leonurus cardiaca translating to lion heart ! Embodying the strength of the mother protecting her children This remedy teaches us to embody courage and strength in the heart . It has long been used as a sedative in nervousness associated with female hormonal changes. It is also from the mint family, containing bitters which calm the sympathetic nervous system, making it a useful remedy for nervous restlessness, disturbed sleep and anxiety. Not to be used if pregnant, as this herb has a lot of actions on the uterus, but can regulate menses and address heart palpitations and heat in menopause.
Tilia europa - Lime blossom is cooling and sedative, and has long been used throughout europe as a remedy for hyperactivity. It is a relaxer, used for palpitations and insomnia, and helps ease anxiety. The fresh blossoms can be used in a slow decoction as a non alcoholic social lubricant!