Lavender is a well known and versatile herb. Its scent invokes calmness, relaxation, and peace. This herb is great for cleansing, clearing, and protection. It helps to remove blockages in your chakras and auric field. In Spain, lavender was placed on church floors to ward off evil. In England, Queen Elizabeth placed lavender on the palace floors as a symbol of purity. She also drank lavender tea for headaches. In Ancient Egypt lavender was used in rituals while embalming the deceased. During the Middle Ages, it was believed if you sprinkled lavender water over your lovers head it would keep them faithful. They also washed their clothes with lavender to protect against illness. Lavender not only helps promote restful sleep, it also wards off nightmares. Because of its calming effect and its ability to open the crown chakra, it is a great aid for meditation and divination.
Lavenders health benefits are just as wide ranging as its metaphysical uses. It is known to aid in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. It's antibacterial and antiseptic, so the people in the Middle Ages were on to something when they used it to ward off illness! Due to its antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties, it is great at soothing sore muscles and healing burns. Lavender is also great for tension headaches because of its relaxing affect. It also helps in reducing fine lines and blemishes of the skin. In Ancient Greece, it was added to communal baths because they believed it helped beautify their skin. Again, our Ancestors were on to something!
Mugwort is named after the Greek Goddess Artemis. She is a Goddess of the moon, the wild hunt, wilderness, chastity, and child birth. She is known as a protector of young women. Mugwort is also known as Cronewort. Like a grandmother, this ancient herb is full of wisdom and has a strong connection to the spirit realm. It is the go to herb for lucid dreaming, astral projection, and dream recall. It helps calm the nerves and stimulate the third eye for meditation and divination. This herb is closely tied to the New Moon. In Ancient Norse culture, mugwort was burned before and after rituals for clearing and protection. It is one of the sacred herbs in Odin's Nine Herb Charm.
Mugwort has a wide variety of health benefits. Metaphysically, it is tied to the moon and women. Likewise this herb is great for promoting menstrual flow, cramping, hot flashes, and easing labor pains. It is also great for gastrointestinal complaints, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and colic. Mugwort is also a powerful nervine, calming anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Health Benefits- Jasmine is a natural remedy for depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia. It’s also great for digestive health because it is rich in antioxidants that interact with gastrointestinal enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption and promote healthy bowel function. It functions to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria. Jasmine is also a natural aphrodisiac and is known to help regulate hormones and improve PMS symptoms. It is not recommended for use in pregnant women because it may induce contractions.
Metaphyical Use- Jasmine is known as the “Queen of the Flowers”. In the symbolism of flowers, Jasmine represents purity, simplicity, modesty and strength. It is used for love, friendship, lunar magic, and divination. Jasmine’s heady fragrance evokes feelings of passion. It’s a great addition to workings involving love. Its calming and sensuous properties affect the mind, stirring sensuality and opening partners up to the divine beauty all around. Jasmine is also the perfect tool to use in rituals involving prophecy and predictions. Spiritual workers and root doctors rely on the scent to enhance their relaxation and improve the clarity of their visions. Jasmine by your pillow helps with inducing prophetic dreams. It helps open the crown chakra for meditation and divination.
Rosemary is one of my most used herbs. It truly is a jack of all trades! This herb is rich in ancient lore. An old saying goes “Where Rosemary flourishes, the Woman rules.” It is also recommended to plant by your front door for protection. Christian lore says that rosemary will grow for 33 years until it reaches the hight of Christ, then it will grow no more. This incredible herb is great for clearing, protection, and drawing in positive energy. It is associated with Aphrodite and Mother Mary. It is used to draw love and promote fidelity. Rosemary is great to use for memory and focus, making it great for students or rituals to stay on track. It helps with dream recall and dispelling nightmares. Rosemary is also an herb of remembrance, used to honor our ancestors and crossed over loved ones.
Rosemary is full of health benefits. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and full of antioxidants. It is great at enhancing memory and focus when ingested or used in aroma therapy. Studies have shown it to support brain health by preventing the death of brain cells. It even helps improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety. It helps improve blood circulation and lower blood sugar levels. Plus it's anti inflammatory to boot! Rosemary is also known to help promote hair growth.
Butcher's Broom was traditionally made into brooms to clean butcher blocks, hence the name. They believed it cleared away any negative spirits after processing animals. Later it was discovered the plant was also antibacterial, helping to keep their butcher blocks clean. This herb is powerful for protection. If sprinkled around your home or added to a floor wash, it is said to protect your home from hatred and ill-wishes. When burned it is known to have a calming affect on the people and animals in the home. It is great to fortify personal boundaries and for banishing unwanted energies or entities.
Medicinally, butchers broom is usually made into a decoction using the roots. It is rich in flavonoids, ruscogenen and neoruscogenin. It is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Butcher's broom is great for blood circulation and is used in the treatment for varicose veins, edema, and hemorrhoids. Traditionally it has been used as a diuretic and laxative.
Cedar has been used for spiritual purification and protection for thousands of years. Churches, Temples, coffins, and boats frequently were built from cedar wood. Some would say this is because cedar is known for its durability. It is naturally insect repellent, water resistant, and decay resistant. There are several Native American legends that tell of a powerful spirit that lives in the cedar tree that will protect the people. Native Americans also burned cedar as a smudge for protection, banishing, and purification for those who had recent contact with the dead.
The Western Red Cedar is extremely healing. It's anti inflammatory properties make it a great remedy for arthritis. It is also used for cough medicine, tuberculosis and fevers. Cedar infused into a salve makes a great anti-fungal for skin and nail fungus. It is an immune booster and remedy for colds and the flu.