06
Gorse (Whin)

Ulex europaeus

The Gorse was long felt to have powerful qualities and associations, particularly in Celtic mythology, probably dating back thousands of years to the very earliest time of myth-making in the Isles of Britain, Scotland and Ireland. The thorns were seen as “Chieftan” trees (see Hawthorn) – it’s not hard to see why, as indeed they are excessively aggressive to the touch and exceptionally hardy and resilient.

As the 17th letter of the ancient Celtic alphabet, gorse is associated with the Journey of Life, and perhaps represents the darker and more military qualities one needs to survive; it is also said to give energy to the decisions, paths and choices life will offer. In the Scottish region of Argyll, home of The Botanist, gorse is closely associated with the Cailleach (Divine Hag), or the spirit of winter. The Cailleach is credited with forming the landscape of Argyll with her hammer as she strode across it creating mountains as stepping stones, and perhaps leaving a trail of hardy gorse in her wake. Certainly anyone who’s visited the Highlands and islands in spring will know that the landscape is drenched in the smell of sweet coconut – the perfume of the gorse.

Gorse (Whin) - Ulex europaeus

Discover the 22 Botanicals

apple mint

01

Apple mint

chamomile

02

Chamomile

Creeping thistle flower used in the botanist gin

03

Creeping thistle

Downy Birch

04

Downy Birch

Elder flower

05

Elder

Gorse

06

Gorse (Whin)

Hawthorn

07

Hawthorn

Heather

08

Heather

Juniper

09

Juniper

lady's bedstraw

10

Lady’s bedstraw

Lemon Balm

11

Lemon Balm

meadowsweet

12

Meadowsweet

Mugwort

13

Mugwort

Red clover

14

Red clover

Spear mint

15

Spear mint

Sweet cicely

16

Sweet cicely

Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale)

17

Bog myrtle – Sweet gale

Tansy

18

Tansy

water mint

19

Water mint

White Clover

20

White clover

Wild thyme

21

Wild Thyme

wood sage

22

Wood sage

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