The History of Willow & Wicker
Willow was sacred to ancient cultures and was often used as a funerary herb. Druidic sacrifices were made at the full moon in willow baskets and funerary flints were made in a willow shape. Ancient burial mounds situated near to water were often lined with willow.
Willow has long been used to ward off evil, for protection and to overcome the fear of death. For safe life in another life, it was customary to plant a willow during one’s lifetime so that its life would continue after one’s death. It is a tree of death and rebirth. The ancient Egyptians used willow for many products including furniture and baskets.