Herbal Refreshment: 20 Healing Herbs You Need in Your Life
Mother Nature provides us with so many healing, metaphysical tools that occur naturally, like crystals, the healing power of the elements, and the restorative, magical characteristics of herbs.
Herbs grow naturally, yet each herb that exists seems almost to have been specifically created to work with certain physical, mental, or emotional ailment; and if you aren’t yet working with herbs, you’re missing out.
You can work with herbs in so many ways: by making teas, infusing them into your recipes, burning them as incense, making pillow satchels, or even by simply absorbing their energy. They’re affordable and relatively easy to acquire, and their many healing properties make the treasure hunt worth it.
If you’re not sure where to start, keep reading to find out about the 20 herbs you need in your life immediately.
20 Healing Herbs You Need in Your Life
Basil is a herb that you’re probably familiar with - it’s popular in cuisine and easy to grow in your own garden. Traditionally, near the Mediterranean, basil is placed upon the floors of a home to purify its energy.
It is said to bring fortune to new homeowners, making a potted basil plant an excellent gift for any house-warming party.
Sage is perhaps best known for its purifying properties, and it is often used to smudge and cleanse the energy of the room. Sage is often sold in bundles that are then lit, the smoke from the stick wafting and cleansing the air around you.
This herb gets rid of negative energy, so its perfect to use after a fight or a bad day.
Lavender is popular for its refreshing, welcoming scent - you can find it in the ingredients of many candles, perfumes, and bath and beauty products. This flower is calming, reduces anxiety, and promotes peaceful energy.
It is also useful for inducing a restful night of sleep - trying misting your pillows with lavender room spray or making a sleep satchel that you can place near your head while you snooze.
If you’re a tea-drinker, you’ve probably heard of chamomile. This herb is excellent to use for an upset stomach, a headache, or to soothe the nerves.
Another calming herb, chamomile promotes peace, harmony, and healing.
Patchouli is a herb widely used in pagan practices, and its magical properties are well-known. This herb is known to bring fortune, abundance, love, and personal strength, and it has an enticing, exotic aroma. Additionally, patchouli can boosts the mood and is known to treat skin conditions.
Frankincense is a resin, best known for the gift of frankincense given by the three wise men in the Bible. This herb has very positive energy and can be used to help eliminate negative thoughts.
It also smells wonderful and makes an excellent incense.
Cinnamon is a powerful herb that you may already have in your kitchen. Cinnamon contains very potent energy, and it works to amplify the energies around it.
It is especially useful for attracting money and success.
Rosemary is a very fragrant and delicious herb that is often used in recipes and dishes. This herb has been known to be used to increase memory retention and mental focus, provide protection, and eliminate negative energy.
Bright and yellow, yarrow is also known for its properties of emotional healing - yarrow is believed to boost the mood, increase self-esteem, promotes calm, and promotes courage.
Traditionally, it was also said that hanging a sprig over a married couple’s bed will guarantee a passionate romance for at least seven years.
Note: Yarrow can be toxic for animals. Be careful when storing/using it in the home.
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10. Bay Leaves
If you’ve ever cooked a big pot of soup or a hearty stew, you may have thrown a bay leaf in for flavour - but this herb has many more healing characteristics than you might have thought. Bay leaves have been used traditionally to attract money and abundance and improve mental clarity.
With its smoky, inviting aroma, you’ve probably encountered sandalwood in a candle or two before. This is known as an all-purpose herb, that has been used to manifest romance, abundance, and success.
Ginger is a root that amplifies the energies surrounding it, much like the powerful cinnamon. Ginger is used to increase energy, attract success, manifest wealth, and work to soothe digestion issues.
Peppermint has a bright, pleasant scent and contains calming properties - a drop of peppermint under the nose can clear the sinuses and promote calm feelings. Additionally, many use peppermint oil on parts of their bodies to soothe muscle pain, or on their temples to soothe migraines.
Peppermint has traditionally been used to increase prophetic dreams and reduce negative energy.
Rosebuds are the small buds of the rose flower, fragrant and excellent for manifesting love and romance.
Red rosebuds should be used for attracting passion and courtship, while pink rosebuds have been used to repair or attract friendships.
Mugwort can be used for smudging, incense or divination. Traditionally this herb was viewed as increasing clairvoyance and mental clarity. Others use it as a sedative or to aid in digestion.
17. Black Pepper
One of the most prevalent of the herbs and spices, black pepper is likely something that is already residing in your kitchen. This herb has also been used to prevent others from sending negative energy to you and also contains protective qualities.
Furthermore, it aids in digestion and protects against colds and flu symptoms.
Cayenne is another form of pepper that is spicier than black pepper. Cayenne can assist in healing heartache, cleansing the aura, and increasing personal power and confidence. Some use it to relieves the pain of migraines.
19. Mustard Seed
Mustard seed is excellent for those who have lost their way or their faith in the Universe. This herb inspires courage, faith, and tenacity in the user and has been traditionally used to protects against injury and theft. Additionally, it physically increases the appetite.
Another common kitchen herb, oregano has surprising properties for an herb so easily found. This herb promotes physical and emotional healing, increased personal power, increased endurance, and happiness. Physically, oregano can reduce high blood pressure and fight intestinal parasites.
Gratitude for Mother Nature
We have the Universe and Mother Nature herself to thank for these easily attainable, healing tools, and we should be sure to express our gratitude for the magical, abundant nature of healing herbs.
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