It’s time for Vampire Wednesday.
The ancients believed hawthorn offered protection from witchcraft, sorcery, vampires and other evils.
It was often placed in cradles – to protect the sleeping infant. (No wonder child death rates were so high! Nails, scissors and thorny bushes were all placed in children’s beds.)
Barriers of hawthorn were built around houses. The Greeks had pieces of it placed inside of walls of their houses.
Downy Hawthorn – Crataegus mollis
It was believed that Jesus’ crown of thorns was made from hawthorn. (See how sharp it is! Poor sleeping children. )
Crown of thorns
It was put on top of coffins or even on the body before the coffin was closed.
Southern Slavs would also make their stakes from it.
Hawthorn can be found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Hawthorn berries can be eaten or boiled into drinks, be made into jams and jellies
The Chinese have used it for ages as a digestive aid. Recently it is being studied for use in health purposes and heart disease.
Hawthorn tree http://www.cirrusimage.com/tree_downy_hawthorn.htm
Crown of throns http://dailytimewithgod.com/?p=4418
Hawthorn berries http://microburin.com/2012/06/30/roses-and-bubbly-white-gill-charcoal-results-just-in/