Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sacred Plants of the World

Many plants were considered sacred by the ancient civilizations. The Datura was a sacred plant of the Aztecs. It has always been used in shamanic rites, and as a hallucinogen. Recent research shows that the Maya considered the Silk Cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra a sacred tree representing the Universe.
The Hindus consider the Sweet Basil, Ocimum sanctum sacred. They have a festival in autumn in honour of the plant, which they consider to be the representative of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty and the Universe.

For the Buddhists, the Bodhi Tree is most sacred because Buddha attained Enlightenment under the tree. The Bodhi Tree is thought to represent the Universe.
All these plants have special healing powers.


16 comments:

  1. oh I see. I didn't know. But that white Datura is really beautiful. I hope you have had a wonderful and blessed weekend!

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  2. My Bodhi trees are doing great but they are still too small to sit under, but I can sit beside them.

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  3. Interesting plants and information as always.
    My sacred Basil comes up every year and the bees love it
    cheers ian

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  4. Hi Stephanie, Datura grows wild here.
    Barry, I'm glad your Bodhi trees are coming up nicely. They take a while to become reasonably large. But beware! They can grow to a very large size in a few years!
    Ian, yes, the bees love the basil flowers.

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  5. Very interesting. I did not know that Sweet Basil is sacred to Hindus.

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  6. Swwet Basil is the same as Tulsi plant right?

    It is very good for health even taken as an infusion tea

    Work from home India

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  7. Just looking for a beautiful plant perhaps one with sacred meaning to start my journey of creating life and learning the learning of herbs.
    Anybody have any suggestions for this plantateur?

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