Trees vs. Hurricanes

Trees vs Hurricanes

Research conducted by University of Florida scientists showed that oaks are the most resistant to wind and many other natural damages. Other choices include the Southern magnolia, bald cypress, and Sabal palm.

These  are true gladiators trees:

a) The oak can withstand incredibly strong storms, like tornadoes and hurricanes. Even when they are stripped of their leaves, oak trees survive because of their strength, their curvy branches, and their incredible root systems.

Medicinal uses: Oaks were used as medicine and food for millennia. Many Native American groups used oak to treat bleeding, tumors, swelling, and dysentery. European herbalists used oak as a diuretic and as an antidote to poison. Snuff made from the powdered root was used to treat tuberculosis. The leaves have been employed to promote wound healing. Oak has been used as a Quinine substitute in the treatment of fevers.

Symbolism: Ancients saw this tree as representing the ultimate in hospitality and safety, as well as a mystical symbol of truth and bravery. In this setting, the Oak stood as a firm reminder that humankind has the ability to overcome all odds as well as a tremendous capacity for kindness even to strangers whose path we cross.

b) Magnolia trees have been around for millions of years. Magnolia fossils date back to the Tertiary period, 100 million years ago surviving a number of different climate conditions Magnolia trees were around before bees were, so they relied on beetles for pollination. As a result, magnolia blooms and leaves are very tough, to resist insect, fungi, and any other kind of damage.

Medicinal uses: Magnolia bark has been used to treat menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and gas, nausea, indigestion, coughs asthma, loss of appetite, gastroenteritis, vomiting, diarrhea, and cancer.

Symbolism: Magnolias symbolize dignity and nobility. In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness.

c) The bald cypress is the only member of its family that is native to North America. It is found typically throughout the southeastern United States and is surprisingly widespread throughout the Everglades of Florida and other swampy areas. It is very popularly used for lumber and making furniture because it has powerful anti-fungal properties and its resistant to shrinkage, rotting, and termites.

Medicinal use: Health benefits of cypress includes Fungal Infections, respiratory issues, hair health, and skin conditions.

Symbolism: Cypress also considered a sign of eternal life. In Genesis 6:14, the story of Noah and the Ark, God commands Noah, "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out."

d) Sabal palm:

Cabbage Palmetto is an evergreen palm tree that can reach 20m in height and is considered one of the most tolerant plants in the world capable of withstanding hard winds and harsh conditions.

Medicinal uses: Palmetto fruits are the source of Serenoa, a drug used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate gland. The mode of action is thought to be the prevention of dihydrotestosterone formation. Cabbage palm berries and seeds were used to treat headaches and fevers by native peoples of the southeastern United States. Juice from small, crushed roots of dwarf palmetto was used as a counter-irritant for sore eyes. High blood pressure and kidney problems were treated by a decoction of the dried roots.

Symbolism: The leaf of the palm is a symbol of victory or rejoicing.


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