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Fall for FIGS!

When autumn rolls around, apples and pumpkins immediately come to everyone's mind. Did you know that as summer comes to a close and fall gets going, we find ourselves in the thick of fig season? Let's rediscover this rich ancient delicacy and its magic together this Fall! Ficus religiosa, or the fig tree is perhaps one of the oldest plants on the planet, (approx. 80 million years old) originating in Africa, the very cradle of life itself. The fig tree is the third tree to be mentioned in the Bible, and throughout the scriptures, the plant becomes a symbol of prosperity, abundance, wellbeing, and security. In ancient Egypt it symbolizes fertility. The leaf suggesting the male: the fruit, the female. Buddha found enlightenment under a fig (Bodhi) tree after meditating for 49 days. No other plants have held such sway over human imagination. They feature in every major religion and have influenced kings and queens, scientists and soldiers. Figs sustain more species of wildlife than any other kinds of fruit. The year-round presence of ripe figs would have helped sustain our early human ancestors. Aside from being sweet and tasty, they are also a very nutrient dense food jam packed with potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fiber. In addition to nutritional benefits, figs possess some powerful healing properties. A famous example of the healing power of figs appears in the Bible. Hezekiah, King of Judah, was "sick even to death" with a plague of boils but recovered after his servants applied a paste of crushed figs to his skin. The healing power of fig species is not limited to their fruit. Medicines developed over millennia by people throughout the tropics make use of their bark, leaves, roots and latex. Scientific studies show that compounds in the fig leaves, bark and fruit are effective against bacteria, parasites and tumors. These antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and antifungal effects make them tremendous immune system boosters.

The fig has played roles in human evolution and the dawn of civilization. These trees have not only witnessed history; they have shaped it. If we play it right, they could even enrich our future. Introducing "Reap Harvest", Moonstone Chandlery's Limited Edition Fall Healing Candle. Made with luscious fig essential oil, this candle encourages a state of gratitude for abundant blessings. To amplify these intentions, "Reap Harvest" is infused with Tiger's Eye, a must-have if you’re looking for balance and harmony in your life. Representing abundance and prosperity, tigers eye can give you the courage and strength to go after your desires without self-doubt. It’s also a stone of good fortune. It can be very h