Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Herbs For Every Zodiac Sign


Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a
"recipe" that's just right for each of us.
Since the Sun sign you were born under has
such an amazing influence on your health and
well-being, using the herbs that correspond
with that sign alone can be a tremendous help
in times of stress or illness. Here's a short
list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made for
each of the signs, due to their associations
with both the planetary ruler and the positive
qualities of that sign.

Aries - Mars
Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard,
onion, pepper. It's no secret that Aries is the
astrological equivalent of a bullet. It's a
red-hot burst of energy that's capable of
overcoming any obstacle by charging straight
for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red"
planet, the ancient god of war who was known
for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder,
then, the herbs that correspond with your sign
are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in
cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance
Mars loves best.

Taurus - Venus
Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather,
hibiscus, raspberry, rose. Taurus is the sign
that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside
these bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing
sunset, a symphony by Mozart, or a delicious meal,
you folks are experts at enjoying the physical
delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the
herbs you'll enjoy most are the sweet ones, since
your planet, Venus, is the purveyor of sweetness.
Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Gemini - Mercury
Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon
verbena, marjoram, parsley. Your quick-witted,
fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact,
the expression "variety is the spice of life"
was written with you in mind. Each of these herbs
provide a different type of taste, and most can
be combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip
on the run. Use clove or slippery elm to protect
against gossip and to keep your thoughts and
actions grounded.

Cancer - Moon
Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender,
lilac. Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and
you distribute your soothing touch to one and
all. There's nothing you like better than a home
that smells good, too, whether it's because
there's something wonderful simmering on the
stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining
room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath
waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs
listed above are known for their ability to
calm, heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the
environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and
scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime

Leo - Sun
Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St.
John's Wort, sandalwood. Your planet is the Sun,
Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps
us all alive and provides us with the energy
we need to keep pursuing our life's quest. It
makes perfect sense, then, that the bright,
cheerful sunflower would be the perfect
representation of your equally bright and happy
sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort
are tailor-made for you, too, since their
ability to keep the body resistant to illness
and depression are well known. Mix a bit of
chicory with your morning coffee to help remove
any obstacles that come up.

Virgo - Mercury
Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of
the valley, marjoram, savory. Your quick-thinking
meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental
challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile
of papers at the office, solving a puzzle, or
learning a new skill. The herbs listed above are
all well known for their subtle abilities to
strengthen the mind, and many can be mixed
together in teas to give you a boost you often
need at the end of a long day. The lily of the
valley seems perfect for you, too, with its subtle,
"clean" scent and delicate flowers.

Libra - Venus
Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar
cane, violet. There's no sign as fond of pleasing
others as yours, Libra, whether it's by saying
just the right thing to bring warring factions
together, or by using your polite charm to draw
the object of your desires closer. Of course,
catnip is famous for its effects on our feline
friends, but its also traditionally used in
conjunction with rose petals to bring loving
relationships that last forever. Since you're
ruled by Venus, you're capable of being every
bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you
need a bit of help to attract a beloved, use
this potent plant (sugar cane) that's long been
used to conjure love - sweetly.

Scorpio - Pluto/Mars
Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron,
vanilla. As fond as you are of intensity and
intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder the herbs
you'll love best are famous for their use in
stirring up passion. Drink ginseng tea (or
offer some to your beloved) to induce a
magnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli
to arouse lust and silently conjure the magic
of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of
your desire with a pomegranate, the fruit
traditionally associated with seductive Pluto,
your ruling planet.

Sagittarius - Jupiter
Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle,
nutmeg, rosemary, sage. There's no sign that
hangs on to youth with more fervency and
determination than yours Sagittarius. To
keep that youthful appearance and disposition
going as you travel the world in search of yet
another experience, drink a tea made of anise,
rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in making your
dreams more prophetic than they already are,
use mugwort. Burn clove incense to attract the
wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.

Capricorn - Saturn
Comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras,
woodruff. You've always been described as a
very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent on
self-sufficiency and material success. The
influence of your planet, Saturn, gives you
the ambition and self-discipline to attain
those goals, and to ensure success and
prosperity in business matters, too. Each
of the herbs mentioned above are known for
their ability to attract that success, and
most can be mixed together in a tea.

Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn
Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon
verbena, rosemary, sage. Your sign is a
cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to
turn "odd" or eccentric ideas into strokes
of genius is well known. Since communication
(and mass communication in particular) is
your specialty, the herbs above are all
associated with the air principle, which
rules the intellectual side of life. To
increase your already powerful intuition,
use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all
else, listen to that intuition. It will
seldom prove to be wrong.

Pisces - Neptune/Jupiter
Aloe, bay, cotton, eucalyptus, lavender,
Norfolk Island pine, rue. As the most
sensitive and psychic of all signs, Pisces,
yours is the one that requires help to ward
off the adverse thoughts and intentions of
others. Since you have no boundaries to keep
you separate from others, you also need
protection against negative influences. To
that end, use rue, a powerful herb known to
ward off ills of every kind. To stay
positive and healthy keep a lavender plant
growing either outside or inside your home.

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