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Healing qualities of the ash tree


Folk names: Nion, Jasen Beli, Asktroed

There are numerous folklore and legend around this tree. It was also used for healing and magical rituals.

For example, in the old times, people used the leaves to heal snake bites.

The ash tree (Fraxinus excelisor or Fraxinus Americana) has been well known as a protective tree against malicious forces:

“(...) The leaves are also scattered to the four directions to protect a house or area, and are used in protective sachets and spells”
(source: Scott Cunningham: Encyclopedia of magical herbs).


The easiest way to identify this tree is to look at the leaves and the bark. Each leaf is made of 4 or 6 pairs of leaflets. The leaves appear late in spring but they drop among the last ones in autumn.

The bark of a young tree is smooth but it becomes more and more fissured over the years. 

Medicinal use


The information given here is based on traditional folks medicine and is for informative purposes only. Never take a chance with plants and berries and consult your doctor before using natural remedies. does not take any responsibilities for injuries or accidents caused by reading the articles on this website.

Both the leaves and the bark are edible. It is best to collect the young and tender leaves in spring, until Midsummer (around 21-24 of June). The bark must be collected from the twigs only.

Traditionally, the herbal tea and poultrice has been used as a remedy for rheumatism and gout.


Internal use (as a herbal tea):
Take a handful of leaves with 1 liter of water and bring it to boil. Strain and let it cool off. It is recommended to drink up to one cup a day.  

External use (as a poultrice):
Steep the leaves in the water for an additional 15 minutes after bringing it to the boiling point. Apply it as a compress to the joints.

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