candlenut tree
kukui nut tree

    Candlenut or kukui is a tree.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Aleurites moluccana

    Common name: candleberry, candlenut, Indian walnut, kemiri, kukui nut tree, varnish tree

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Family: Euphorbiaceae

    Height: 15-25 meters.
    Shape: spreading or pendulous branches.
    Leaf: Pale green, simple and ovate, or trilobed or rarely 5-lobed, with an acute apex, 10-20 cm long.
    Fruit: Nut; round, 4-6 cm in diameter; the seed inside has a very hard seed coat and a high oil content (which allows its use as a candle, hence the name candlenut tree).


    Origin: Polynesia and southern Asia

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Magickal uses: enlightenment, peace, and protection

ancient myths and beliefs:

    A Hawaiian myth tells of a woman who was routinely beaten by her husband despite her best efforts to please him. The husband beat the wife to death and buried her under a kukui tree. Because she was a kind and just woman, she was given a new life, but Kamapua’a killed her husband.

deities associated with candlenut:

base or carrier oil:

    Base Oil: Kukui oil can be used as a base (or carrier) oil for both aromatherapy and magick.
    Aroma: Light; sweet, pleasant, nutty.
    Texture: Thin; absorbs well; leaves a trace oily feeling on skin.
    Color: Clear with hint of yellow.
    Notes: Goes rancid quickly.

health care uses:

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external care:

    External skin care: Kukui oil is excellent for treating many skin conditions.

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