The Tree Story
Persian Lilac (All Life Is Sacred) – Melia azederach
This tree does not come from Persia nor is it related to the lilac. It is also known as the Indian Bead Tree, as the berries were dried and used as prayer beads and rosaries for hundreds of years. The Greeks often call it the jasmine or jasmini, because of its fantastic scent, and indeed the leaves are similar to those of jasmine. A tincture of the leaves and flowers is an old cure for menstrual cramps. An ancient old Yaya, (grandmother) told me it was called “Melissa”. I thought she was joking with me but that was before I knew the Latin name, Melia.