Herbs- Acacia

Acacia (herb:acacia) Acacia senegal, also known as Gum Arabic, Cape Gum, Egyptian thorn, gum arabic tree.

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Magical Attributes

Acacia is considered to be a plant of masculine energy aligned with the Sun and the element of air. It is used in spells related to protection and psychic power and the dried gum is used as a base for many incenses. Combine with sandalwood to make an incense to aid in meditation. The leaves may also be burned on charcoal to increase personal power. Acacia is associated with Osiris, Astarte, Ra and Diana. Acacia symbolizes the afterlife.

Medicinal Uses

Acacia’s main effect is to form a protective, soothing coating over inflammations in the respiratory, alimentary, and urinary tracts. In conjunction with various astringents, it is helpful for coughs, sore throat, and catarrh, as well as in cases of diarrhea and dysentery. The sweetened mucilage has sometimes been used to treat the early stages of typhoid fever. The mucilage also makes a good vehicle for other medicines, in addition to having nutritional value in its own right.

Medicinal Preparations

Acacia gum is used in a variety of products ranging from ink to ice cream. In herbal medicine, the gum is used to bind pills and lozenges and to stabilize emulsions. It is also used to produce a medium for applying essential oils, balsams, resins, camphor, and musk. Acacia gum forms strings when combined with cherry extract.acacia_senegal_-_kohler-s_medizinal-pflanzen-004

The parts used of Acacia is the gum which is  exuded from the stems after the rainy season. Basically, it’s just hardened sap that forms in large blobs on the limbs of the tree. Harvested from December through June.

Gum Arabic is usually dissolved in water to make mucilage. Dosage of mucilage is from 1 to 4 tsp as needed. Keep in mind that with any medication of any kind that they take at least a few minutes to take effect.

To make the syrup, great for coughs, mix 1 part mucilage with 3 parts of a syrup. I like to use honey in this case as honey is a great carrier for medicines as well as having it’s own benefits and medicinal properties, but that’s for another article. A dose of syrup is from 1 to 4 tsp as needed.

About The Herb

The acacia trees of the Darfur region of Sudan are harvested for resins variously known as gum arabic, Indian gum arabic, or talha. Although acacia trees are found throughout the ‘gum belt’ of sub-Saharan Africa, Chad, Eritrea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan, the plant is most abundant in Sudan.

The acacia is a plant in the family Mimosacaea, related to the mimosas of the southern United States and a close cousin of the legumes. It would not be inaccurate to think of the acacia as a tree-sized, woody, spiny bean.

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The plant only produces acacia gum under adverse conditions, such as poor soil, drought, or heat, and damaged trees produce more gum. For these reasons, the most abundant harvest of acacia gum is produced in Sudan.

In the Southwestern United States a potentially toxic plant (a species of Acacia) known locally as una de gato (cat’s claw) is frequently confused with the medicinal plant una de gato from the Peruvian Amazon (Uncaria tomentosa). It is not the rainforest herb, and it is not a source of acacia gum, although it is sometimes sold in hierberas as either or both.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Sources:

Witchipedia

Mountain Rose Herb

The Herb Book written by John Lust

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