Gorse Flower (Dried) - Ulex Europaeus

Gorse Flower (Dried) - Ulex Europaeus

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The name Ulex was given to it by Pliny, but its signification is unknown. He states that the plant was used in the collection of gold, being laid down in water to catch any golddust brought down by the water.

The word Furze is derived from the AngloSaxon name fyrs, while Gorse is also from the A.-S. gorst(a waste), a reference to the open moorlands on which it is found.

It is often a fire-climax plant, which readily catches fire but re-grows from the roots after the fire; the seeds are also adapted to germinate after slight scorching by fire. It has a tap root, lateral and adventious roots. An extremely tough and hardy plant, it survives temperatures down to −20 °C (−4 °F).

The bruised shoots form a very nutritious fodder and when well bruised are eaten with much relish by horses, and cows are said to give good milk upon this food alone. When crushed, it is necessary to use it quickly, as the mass soon ferment.

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Magical Uses

Bach flower remedies are often considered to be a magical way of healing. Dr Bach classified Gorse as a remedy for uncertainty, and not as a remedy for despair alongside Sweet Chestnut. This demonstrates that the main problem with Gorse people is a loss of faith: if we can be persuaded to see things in a different light there is usually a way forward.

I personally have not used Gorse much for magical workings, however I would give it the elementalcorrespondent of Fire due to it’s reputation for starting forest fires and given that it flowers all summer I would also assign it to ‘Sol’ or the Kabbalistic sphere of Tiphareth.

It may be good for mood spells and depression and indeed anything where you are wanting to help someone achieve their true desire, or for anyone on the stereotypical ‘heros jourey’ often refereed toin mytholog

Checkout the herbal sheet we made for Gorse here


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