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The Herbs of Libra, the Scales that Bring Balance

Libra’s are one of my favorite signs of the zodiac. In my experience, they are Creative, Wise, Peaceful, Charming, Witty, and FUN people. Being the scales, they have an inherent ability to see both sides of a given situation and make balanced decisions this way. It is always a gift to befriend a Libra, and they usually have many good friends because they are such good company. They are of the AIR element group, along with Gemini and Aquarius, and this allows for their free-spirited and usually laid-back way of walking this earth. As we enter into the Autumn, the time of Libra, this time of high energy and change in the winds, we honor the Libra’s and give thanks for their many gifts…

libra by hello baby via days in my wonderland

Libra rules the KIDNEYS, which by no coincidence are ultimately the organs which provide the water BALANCE in our bodies. Healthy kidney function is vital to maintain proper acid/alkaline balance in the body. Hence, potential health concerns for Libra’s revolve around kidney dysfunction. Fortunately, Mother Nature bestowed many herbs that benefit the kidney and bladder directly. While these are the herbs of Libra, any of us can be afflicted with Libra-type kidney imbalances, and these herbs will benefit any person in need of restoring balance to the body:

Violet: this sweet little purple-flowered plant, also known as hearts-ease, is a soothing treatment for the kidneys and can aid headaches and dizziness. The Greeks used it regularly in love potions because it was considered a symbol of love and fertility. It can be used as a tea (leaves) and the flowers can be eaten raw in salads, deserts, or jellies.

violet syrup via life’s a lasagna

Thyme: An overall healing herb that is “excellent for healing headaches and giddiness arriving from nervous kidneys,” according to Ada Muir. Thyme is the courage-giving mint. Thyme contains powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties that fight off coughs, colds, and gum disease. Drink it as a tea and/or use it in the kitchen to add taste to any dish.

Pennyroyal: Another mint, this herb is soothing and warming. It has traditionally been used for painful menstruation, stomach aches, colds/fevers/chills, and as an insect repellant. Can be used topically in olive oil as a rub for the stomach or drank as a tea sparingly. **Pregnant women should NOT use this herb as it is an abortifacient.**

Feverfew: Known also as Flirtwort (Libra’s are sometimes referred to as the flirts of the zodiac) it’s gained its notoriety as a headache healing herb throughout the world. Ada Muir states that it strengthens and cleanses the kidneys. It is also used for colic, toothache, and vertigo. Take as a tincture to relieve migraine headaches.

Burdock Root: Also called Love-Leaves and Happy Major, this root is a revered kidney and liver tonic herb. Its high antioxidant count aids the liver in detoxification, and also helps the kidneys maintain proper hormonal balance. These actions positively effect the whole body; a flowing, happy digestive system, radiant, clear skin, and healthy, balanced reproductive organs. Take as a tea by boiling the root in water over a low flame for 15-20 minutes.

♥ Blessings for a balanced, peaceful, and lovely Autumn ♥

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Star of the Herbs: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

via Henriette’s Herbal

What’s in a name? For Juliet, little importance. But for plants, everything. Dubbed the “Cherokee cure for cancer,” Goldenseal was one of the cure-all herbs favored by many Native American tribes. Hydrastis, Goldenseal’s botanical name, means “water” and “to accomplish,” hinting to the yellow root’s unrivaled effectiveness at soothing the body’s mucus membranes. Folk names often reveal the value and traditional uses of a plant, such as Indian Paint and Turmeric root; both references to the potent amber-yellow dye released by Goldenseal. It is a star ingredient in Kloss’ Liniment, a timeless remedy that heals virtually any skin ailment. The eclectic physicians of the 19th Century relied greatly on the endless virtues of this plant as well. For starters, it can be used in all cases of infections, skin disorders such as eczema, sore throat/mouth, and irritated eyes. It is rare and costly, so every ounce of its powder is like gold to those who formulate with it.

Like any gift we are given, we are entrusted with the fate of this and other precious herbs that have given so much to mankind throughout time. Goldenseal is native to the North Eastern woodlands of North America but is quickly becoming depleted due to over harvesting. According to United Plant Savers, of the 27 states where Goldenseal grows naturally, 17 have reported it imperiled or uncommon.  Efforts are being made to preserve this important herb and as consumers we must demand only cultivated  forms of it, and never purchase products that use Goldenseal taken from the wild. If you are unsure of the sources of a product, look into the company’s practices or ask them yourself where they get their Goldenseal from. A reliable source for certified organic, cultivated Goldenseal and hundreds of other herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Goldenseal is a magnificent herbal ally that must never fade away. One way to help preserve Goldenseal is to replace it in formulas with Barberry or Oregon Grape Root. For a list of at-risk plants, visit United Plant Savers.

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