Herb magic and the star signs: helpful plants for July’s zodiac sign CancerJul 11, 2022
What is the link between herbs and the signs of the zodiac?
When it comes to flowers, most of us have a favourite, whether because of its specific colour, texture, or a memory it triggers. It’s common knowledge that each month of the year is associated with a specific flower (sometimes more than one, which is handy if you don’t like the traditional choice), but it’s less well-known that signs may be drawn to specific herbs as well, even finding more benefit from their medicinal properties than other signs might have.
Medical astrology, also known by its quirkier title astro-herbalism, is based on the ancient Babylonian science of melothesia, which charts how the signs of the zodiac affect and influence the body. (As you might have noticed, we’re big believers in melothesia here at UM HQ…)
Uniting medical astrology and holistic herbalism explores the link between the planets, the celestial bodies, human anatomy, the signs of the zodiac and the various healing properties of plants to nurture a fascinating (and helpful) relationship between us and nature.
Herbs that are beneficial for the starsign Cancer
Cancer is a water sign ruled by the moon, embodying the feminine with its nurturing essence. Often overwhelmed by absorbing others’ energy, Cancerians are happiest when looking after their loved ones and cultivating their own cosy environments where they can feel at home.
Thyme (thymus vulgaris) is also associated with the feminine and water signs. On a physical level, it’s a natural antibacterial that improves immunity; mentally, it’s effective at improving mood by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. Spiritually, it attracts loyalty, affection, and bucketloads of positive vibes. It has a woody, earthy scent (and is similar to catnip so you may be able to make a few feline friends if you keep it around).
Associated with the heart chakra, Eucalyptus (eucalyptus gunnii) is used to help manifest new energies and dispel old (negative) ones. Giving the mind a ‘refresh’, it can boost tired brains and flush out stagnant worries. With a beautiful invigorating scent and neat, rounded leaves, it’s a popular plant for cut flower arrangements or dried hangings.
Bonus plant for Cancerians: Aloe
While not exactly a herb – it’s actually a succulent – aloe is renowned for its soothing and healing properties, which is mirrored by the Cancerians reputation for nurturing home and family. It also makes an excellent indoor houseplant, with the ‘gel’ inside ideal for soothing skin.
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