Herbs have many uses and meanings, from culinary delights in the kitchen, to aromatherapy
scents for healing, to medicinal for health to spiritual meanings.
Every herb has spiritual meanings which have been handed down through the ages. In the past,
herbs and plants were an integral part of life and therefore had meaning on all levels.
Some of the spiritual meanings have come through different spiritual groups that used herbs in
their spiritual practices. The Victorian Age in England took the language of flowers and made it
into a wonderful way of saying things with flowers instead of words.
Flower lore is also another avenue for the uses of flowers and herbs in the past. In their spiritual
uses, herbs are not used internally but instead used in the bath, in rituals, perhaps just tucking a
fresh herb sprig under your pillow. When you rest your head on your pillow at night, just inhale
and let the scent take you somewhere within to your spiritual center. What is important here is,
the intent that you put into your thoughts while your relax into the language of flowers and herbs.
Tarragon's spiritual attributes are integrating new concepts, overcoming obstacles to spiritually
understand, for decision making, for emotional balance, for self-image, for fatigue, for unselfish
sharing and lasting interest. It is said to increase stamina just by having it near. Tarragon is a
warming herb. Be sure to harvest it and use it fresh as it loses its scent quickly when dried.
Spiritual Qualities - want to really soak-up the medicinal and spiritual qualities of herbs?
Just add them to your warm bath water - ooh! aah!
Angelica is used for healing, protection, to prolong life, for divine and creative inspiration and
magic. If you need a muse, call upon the essence of angelica.
Bay Leaf is used for purification, dreams, healing, protection, psychic dreams (place bay leaf
under pillow at night), psychic powers, clairvoyance, good wishes, fame or glory and change.
Bay leaves were worn as amulets to ward off negativity. Wishes can be written on bay leaves and
then burned to make them come true.
Cedar is purifying, cleansing on your aura, is good for wholeness of body and spirit, strength
Calendula is for dreaming. Can bring about prophetic dreams when tucked under your pillow.
Brings the ability to see fairies and for psychic powers. Work with calendula for help in making
dreams come true, joy and remembrance. The calendula flower turns its face to the sun as the
day progresses acting as a sort of primitive clock - so it works with timing in your life!
Chamomile brings energy, wisdom, drives away nightmares, helps with past life knowledge, is
relaxing and promotes peacefulness. Did you know that the more that chamomile is trodden upon
in your garden, the more it spreads? Think of the wonderful image of the beauty and spiritual
attributes of chamomile spreading in your life! It is good for meditation and is a symbol of the
sun. Chamomile is thought to be a garden tonic to the plants growing around it. Helps you
bounce back from adversity. Don't forget that Peter Rabbit's mother gave chamomile to Peter to
settle his stomach.
Daisies are from the aster family. The name daisy comes from "day's eye" because the daisy
closes up at night. When worn, the daisy brings love, was thought to keep away lightning, used
to tell fortunes, and as a symbolic flower of your "inner child". Daisies are good for meditation,
to help you take in new concepts, for soul attunement, for spiritual purpose, to spiritually
understand something, for childish enjoyment, for emotional balance, for flexibility, joy, as a
relaxant, for self image, and to attract the fairy folk.
Dandelion is for wishes, divination and for calling spirits; for communication and is a
Fennel helps you to spiritually understand, to open your heart, promotes stability. Take a fresh
sprig of fennel and dip it into water and sprinkle that water around your home for protection. In
Ancient Greece, fennel was the symbol of success. In medieval England, fennel was thought to
make the fat thin and the blind to see.
Geranium is for spiritual happiness. Scented geraniums are used to cheer you up (just inhaling
their fragrance will cheer you up!) Geranium is for fertility, health and protection. Red
geraniums signify guests are coming and pink flowers signify love and reunion.
Grapefruit is for group interaction, leadership, healing abilities, purification, and emotional
Hawthorn is for protection from bad luck and mischievous spirits, for aspirations,
manifestation, spiritual healing, emotional balance and to stop negative thoughts.
Lavender is for ecstasy - that's what you feel when you inhale the fragrance of lavender!
Lavender connects with God awareness, for meditation, to help with fears of aging, for fears in
general, acceptance, helps facilitate altered states of consciousness. Wear lavender to draw love.
It is a symbol of truth and parity. Pure joy.
Lemon Balm is used to help in past life regression for understanding current life; to fulfill and
balance your karma, for psychic properties. A relaxant to release tension and achieve spiritual
growth. Raises your spirits, is healing; for bouncing back after a mishap.
Mint is for success, motivation, money, healing. It is a cure-all, relaxes the nerves and stimulates
Mistletoe is for romance, searching and fertility. Is one of the most sacred Druid herbs. Helps
you to perceive the other world, for overcoming difficulties, health and searching.
Pansies mean –“you occupy my thoughts” or “think of me”. Other names for pansies are "love
in idleness", "kiss her in the pantry" and "tickle my fancy". The spiritual meanings of pansies
include – divination, thoughts turned toward the divine, integrally pure thoughts, thoughtfulness,
provoking thoughts, cheerfulness, tender and pleasant thoughts. To dream of pansies is thought
to be about contentment. Pansies are an emblem of love, saying you tickle my fancy. When
pansies are worn or carried they draw love to those who carry or wear them. An infusion of
pansy leaves is said to cure a broken heart.
Parsley is for luck, goodwill, festivity, protection, purification, prosperity and pathway.
Peppermint is energizing and for higher teachings; helps spiritual understanding; for visions and
dreams and for intuition.
Roses are for love, psychic powers, healing, protection, prophetic dreams; to contact spirit
guides, for joy and good fortune.
Rosemary is for remembrance, for mental agility, purification and loyalty. Place a sprig under
your pillow for sleep and healing.
Sage is for health, longevity, wisdom, esteem, wishes, happy home and safety for children.
Sage's Latin name comes from the word salvere which means to be healthy.
Thyme is used to focus spiritual goals, for group interaction, karma, soul attunement,
confidence, empowerment, relaxing and for past life knowledge. Thyme is thought to be inviting
to sleepy fairies, so patches of thyme were planted in the garden to lure the fairies to the garden.
Thyme is an ancient symbol of energy and magic. Wear a sprig of thyme to renew your spirit.
Witch Hazel is for karma, soul attunement, spiritual confidence, spiritual purpose, to spiritually
understand, for telepathy and spiritual healing. Witch hazel wood is used to divine the future and
douse for water.