With Valentines Day upon us, I wanted to give attention to some heart opening herbs for supporting increased compassion, stimulation, softening, and healing heart ache… Whatever your heart is calling for, let these heart-nourishing herbs help to support the physical, spiritual and emotional heart.
I hope you enjoy these herbal offerings and will be inspired to use them in recipes, crafts, tinctures, elixirs, flower essences, cocktails and herbal blends to bring about the lover in us all…
Holy Basil (Tulsi) – As an elite class of adaptogens, Holy Basil is valued for its ability to fundamentally restore balance and harmony in the mind, body, and spirit. As the name implies, Holy Basil has spiritual as well as medicinal significance. In Hindu mythology, the plant is an incarnation of the goddess Tulsi, offering divine protection.. Tulsi is also beneficial for clear breathing and immune support during cold and flu season..
Hawthorn – Revered as a cardio tonic Hawthorn represents courage, improves circulation, balances blood pressure, strengthens arteries, oxygenates the blood, and clears the mind. Hawthorn can help with disconnection, emotional or spiritual heartache; opens to forgiveness and removes emotional obstacles for healing.
Linden – The Linden tree is considered to represent mercy. As a heart tonic, Linden eliminates blood stagnation and relieves heart conditions related to stress. Linden is used for calming emotional turmoil and helps to balance emotions. It allows a softening of the heart for releasing and letting go after painful experiences and to release emotional blockages in general.
Cinnamon – A cardio exhilarant, Cinnamon is both stimulating and arousing physically and sexually. It is comforting and tranquil. Cinnamon focuses on intention and concentration opening the heart chakra to clear inhibitions connected to issues of giving and receiving.
Motherwort – As a heart strengthener we can work with Motherwort with regards to feelings of being alone, grief, sadness and loss. Restlessness and disturbed sleep from emotional ailments of the heart. Motherwort was traditionally used for all conditions of the uterus.
Rose – One of the most ancient plants with which we have a romantic attachment. They are associated with divination and healing. Considered a restorative, Rose invites a therapy for the heart and soul. It is deeply nurturing, heart opening, softening and love-promoting.
Lemon Balm – As a nervous/cerebral restorative, Lemon Balm is an amazing healing plant whose deep therapeutics are said to be a mood elevator bringing about merriment and uplifting the spirit. This lemony herb has delighted lovers for centuries and in medieval times betrothed couples made bracelets for each other as a sign of their love…
Disease stems from disconnections within the spiritual or emotional heart…
“When the heart is not healthy, the whole system is diseased”
~ an aphorism of Unani Medicine
~Wishing you a life of love~