Holistic healing with mother earth’s bounty of herbs is a special way of connecting with the subtle energies that make up every fiber of our being. Herbs are not only great for self-healing but excellent for incorporating them into your magical ritual and spells.
There’s a plethora of herbs, spices and flowers used for holistic healing but we will discuss the most common you can find in your local grocery store, grown on a window sill or in your very own garden within a relatively short amount of time. If you are a beginner at herbal healing then the list included here is a great way for you to start acquiring basic holistic knowledge. You can purchase these herbs fresh and hang dry them in a cool, dry area or purchase them already dried.
Most common herbs for holistic healing:
Cilantro: Enhances appetite, improves digestion, relaxant and anti-inflammatory, relieves spasm, wind, bloating, nausea, gastritis, heartburn, halitosis, diarrhea, dysentery. Reduces harmful cholesterol. Clears the mind, improves memory, reduces anxiety. Relieves headaches, migraine and muscle pain. Seeds taken in hot tea’s for colds, flu and to ward off infection. Decongestant for colds, asthma and bronchial congestion. Reduces fluid retention. Reduces pain associated with PMS and uterine contractions during childbirth. Leaf juice used externally for hot, itchy skin rashes.
Thyme: Enhances appetite, digestion and stimulates the liver. Used for indigestion, poor appetite, anemia, liver and gallbladder complaints. Has a relaxing effect, relieves wind, colic and IBS. Protects the gut from irritation and reduces diarrhea. Warming stimulant, relieves tension, anxiety and depression. Antibacterial and anti fungal, relieves asthma and whooping-cough. Increases longevity, diuretic relieves water retention. Externally helps relieve aching joints, muscular pain and disinfect cuts and wounds. Gargle for sore throat or a vaginal douche for infections.
Rosemary: Protects the gut lining from irritation and inflammation, reduces bleeding and diarrhea. Antimicrobial, stimulates appetite, digestion and absorption, relieves flatulence and distention. Simulated bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, aids digestion of fat and clears toxins. Stimulates blood flow to the head, reduces inflammation and muscle tension. Great for migraines and headaches. Used for varicose veins. Excellent brain tonic, improves concentration and memory. Calms anxiety, lifts depression, relieves exhaustion and insomnia. Hot tea used for sore throat, colds, flu and chest infection. Helpful in asthma. Antibacterial, enhances immunity, may have potential as anti-cancer remedy. Relieves arthritis and gout, reduces heavy menstrual bleeding. Rub diluted essential oil on aching joints and skin for headaches and poor concentration.
Garlic: Carminative, expectorant, immunostimulant, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, hypocholesteolaemic, hypotensive, antitumor, rejuvenative, circulatory stimulant, digestive. May benefit diabetes 2. Increases circulation and reduces blood pressure. Reduces cramps, lowers harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Reduces chances of clotting and the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Exporant and decongestant, clears catarhh, sinuitis, coughs, asthma, hay fever and rhinitis. Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Powerful antioxidant, antitumor activities and protect against pollution and nicotine. Externally used for cuts , wounds, arthritist, sprains, athlete’s foot, stings and warts. Avoid large doses during pregnancy, warfarin and antihypertensives.
Basil: Demulcent, antibacterial, antifungal, expectorant, antispasmodic, anthelmintic, febrifuge, immunostimulant, laxative. Relieves spasm, wind, bloating. Appetizing and digestive , improves absorption. Used for anorexia, nausea, constipation, vomiting, abdonimal pain, ulcers and worms. Increases production of protective stomach mucous. Uplifting and strengthening. Clears lethargy and congestion. Reduces anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, headaches and IBS. Decongestant, protects against histamine induced bronchospasm. Helpful with asthma and rhinitis. Used for coughs, colds, fevers, sore throats and flu. Anti-inflammatory, protects healthy cells from toxicity of radiation and chemotherapy. Used for hay fever. Relieves dysuria, cystis and urinary tract infections. Clear toxins via diuretic effect. Lowers blood sugar, harmful cholesterol and tryglyceride levels. Avoid during pregnancy.
Ginger: Warming digestive stimulant, improves appetite and digestion. Useful in anorexia. Removes accumulation of and wind, nausea, IBS and food allergies. Relieves morning sickness and hangovers. Stimulates the heart and circulation, reduces blood clotting. Antispasmodic, relieves asthma, catarrhal coughs. Anti-inflamatory and antioxidant, aid immunity and circulation, used for osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Promotes menstruation, used for scanty periods and clots. relieves pain at ovulation and menstruation. Ancient reputation for being an aphrodisiac, helps with impotence. Avoid with peptic ulcers and gallstones. Avoid with anticoagulants.
Sweet Marjoram: Digestive, carminative, tonic, stimulant, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, diuretic, antiviral, antioxidant, expectorant. Warming, used for indigestion, poor apetite, wind, colic, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates blood flow and taken hot clears toxins via skin, used for poor circulation, arthritis and gout. Traditionaly used to calm unwanted sexual desire and ease loneliness, bereverant and heartbreak. Relaxes mental and physical tension, relieves insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, depression, aching muscles and stress related symptoms like indigestion, colic, headaches, migraine, period pains, PMS, poor concentration and memory. Enhances immunity and increases circulation. Essential oils are antimicrobial against bacteria such as TB, viruses like herpes simplex and fungal infections. Clears phlegm, soothes coughs and relieves sinusitis and fevers. Probiotic. Clears toxins via urine. Diluted essential oil can be used on painful joints, aching muscles, sprains and strains.
Peppermint: Diaphoretic, carminative. antispasmodic, antiemetic, antiseptic, digestive, circulatory stimulant, analgesic, antimicrobial. Relieves pain and spasm in stomaches, colic, flatulence, heartburn, indigestion, hiccups, constipation, IBS and diahrrea. Enhances apetite and digestion. Relieves nausea and travel sickness. Protects gut lining from irritation and infection, useful in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Stimulates liver and gall bladder function. Relieves tension headaches, joint and muscle pain. Clears airways and reduces spasm in asthma. Relieves colds, flu and fevers. Increases energy and immunity. Relaxes smooth muscle in the uterus, reduces menstraul pain and cramps. Oil used as inhalant for colds, sinusitis, added to lotions for muscular pains. Mouthwash for gum infections and mouth ulcers. Avoid oil during pregnancy, on babies or small children.
Lavender: Carminative, diuretic, antispasmodic, nerve tonic, analgesic, stimulant, digestive, sedative, antimicrobial, antiseptic, diaphoretric, expectorant, anit-depressant, antioxidant. Releases spasm, colic and combats wind and bowel problems related to tension and anxiety. Used for infections causing vomiting and diarrhea. Great for anxiety and stress related symptons, headaches, migraines, insomnia, palpitations, neuralgia. Helpful in agitated bahavior in dimentia. Lifts the spirits, restores energy in tiredness and nervous exhaustion. Increases resistance to colds, coughs, chest infections, flu, tonsilitis and laryngitis. Decongesting and exporant, clears phlegm, relieves asthma and croup. Taken as hot tea it reduces fevers and increases the elimination of toxins via the skin and urine. Used in baths to speed healing after childbirth. Antiseptic for inflammatory and infective skin problems like eczema, acne, varicose ulcers and naooy rash. Stimulates tissue repair, minimizes scar formation. Oil repels insects and relieves bites and stings, soothes pains of bruises, sprains, gout, arthritis and muscle tension.
Fennel: Anaesthetic, antibacterial, antiemetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antitussive, aperient, carminative, deigestive, diuretic, exporant, hormone balancing, stimulant. Improves energy by enhancing appetite, digestion, and absorption. Aids digestion of fatty foods. Added to laxative blends to ease griping. Stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces sugar cravings. Settles the stomach, relieves hiccups, colic, bloating, wind, nausea, vomitting, halitosis, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea and IBS. Decongests the liver, clears stagnation. Relaxes the bronchi, useful in asthma. Anti-inflammatory effects in arthritist and gout. Used for cellulite cystitis, fluid retention and urinary infections. Helps dissolve stones. Relieves period pains, regulates the menstrual cycle, used in amenorrhea. Helpful during menopause. Seeds are potentially toxic, in excess they can over stimulate the nervous system. Avoid theraputic doses during pregnancy.
Dill: Carminative, alterative, expectorant, diuretic, antispomadic, vermifuge, analgesic, relaxant, digestive, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial. Stimulates appetite and digestion. Releases tension and spasm, used for colic, wind, indigestion, nausea, constipation and diarrhea. Helps alleviate tiredness and enhances concentration. Relaxant for insomnia. Antispasmodic and exporant for harsh, dry coughs and asthma. Used for painful periods and milk in breat- feeding women. Relieves swelling, essential oil used to treat abdominal pain, colic, arthritist and earache.
Cinnamon: Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, tonic, immunostimulant, adaptogen, circulatory stimulant, antispasmodic, astrigent, digestive, anaesthetic, probiotic. Protects gut linning against irritation and infection, prevents inflammation and ulcers. Good for gastroenteritist and dysentery. Enhances effectivenss of insulin. Has a drying effect on mucosa. Lowers harmful cholesterol. Improves resistance to stress. Lifts fatigue and low spirits. Used for chronic fatigue and ME. Rich source of magnesium. Relieves arthritic pain, headaches and muscle stifness. Antiseptic for bladder problems. Helps maintain hormone balance, great for PMS. Aphrodisiac. Helps throw off fevers. Inhibits growth of E. coli and typhoid bacili. Avoid large doses during pregnancy.
Aloe Vera: Mild laxative, clear toxins and heat from the bowels. Combats pathogenic microorganism. Enhances the secretion of digestive enzymes and balances stomach acid. Regulates fat and sugar metabolism. Soothes and protects the gut lining, used for colitis and peptic ulcers, IBS and inflammatory disease. Anti-inflammatory and detoxifying for arthritis. Enhances immunity, antiviral and stimulates active B and T lymphocytes. Antiviral for Herpes simplex and shingles. Increases blood to the uterus, reduces hot flushes during menopause, and used to treat PMS. Externally soothes and heals burns, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.
Get to know each of these herbs and their healing properties. Incorporate them into tea’s, hot baths, cooking, salves and so much more.
– Earth Angel Healing Co