On a recent visit to Kings Park Botanic Gardens-my favourite botanic garden in the whole of Australia-I reacquainted myself with the stunning trees which line the entrance, paths and different sections of the large park. Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle Gum (the smell is divine!) Jarrah all radiated their unique presence but the tree that dominates, as on my first visit, is the magnificent Boab tree which has travelled thousands of miles from the Kimberley to take root (pardon the pun!) In a new soil overlooking the city of Perth.
I love the shape of these impossible trees which are cousins to the Baobab of Madagascar near Africa. They look like their branches should be roots and its trunk turn into branches. This very look tells you that their is something special about them.
Years ago when I first started investigating and using its powerful healing essence, I learnt that these trees are only found in the Kimberley, the top end of Western Australia, and are frequently located in near Bradshaw Figures, Indigenous rock art which is distinctly different to any other in Australia.
According to Ian White, discoverer and creator of Australian Flower Essences
“The Boab is one of the most powerful of all the Bush Essences and has brought about profound change. Boab clears negative emotional and mental family patterns that are passed on from generation to generation. Boab can access and clear those core patterns and all the related ensuing beliefs. This Essence is very beneficial in helping those who have had experiences of abuse or prejudice from others. Boab will also help clear the negative lines of karma between people.”
When Indigenous women from the clans who live in the area were about to give birth they sought the protection of the Boabs to give their newborns the best chance to be free of family and ancestral karma and start life with a clean slate.
It was a bold plan and a big risk to move the huge plant half a continent away; the staff at the garden werent sure of its survival. But that was over nine years ago and now this remarkable tree has survived the perilous journey and thrives in new soil.
Its a strong symbol for all of us who want to start afresh in this new year