Opening the Heart with Herbs
Here are some ideas to help make your Valentine’s Day special (beyond Roses) with herbs that are easy to find.
Lavender – Lavender is associated with the heart chakra, is calming and soothing, and can heal emotional pain. The scent of lavender has been used to attract men for generations; a study done by a research foundation in Chicago found that the combined scent of lavender and pumpkin was the most arousing of all the scents to male subjects. In days of old, women would put lavender under their mattress to ensure passion in their marital bed.
Apples – Are associated with the goddess Venus, and therefore love. Apples increase sexual energy and enhance fertility. Share an apple with the one you love – cut one in half and enjoy together! Make an apple pie and pour love for your mate into the creation; carve a heart in the top crust for the vent and when cooled, enjoy together!
Cinnamon sticks – These stimulate and excite the passions of men. A cup of cinnamon tea with honey will warm and lift your spirits, dispel feelings of loneliness, and relieve (or prevent) gas and bloating. For sweet smelling breath – boil 2 cups of water and pour over 2 broken cinnamon sticks. Let steep for a few minutes and when cool, swish around in your mouth.
Rosemary – Represents love and faithfulness. Many cultures have used this herb as an aphrodisiac and to keep love strong. In days of yore, women carried Rosemary for their bridal bouquet in lieu of flowers!
Ginger – A spicy and “hot” herb. The root is warming to the body and promotes internal secretions, has been used to arouse a reluctant lover, and warm up a “cold” woman. How about a soothing foot bath with ginger tea as the soaking water?
Gardenia – The “happiness herb”. The flower will attract love in your life, and the fragrance is very calming to the heart.
Parsley – Has a long folk history of increasing the female libido, will sweeten your breath and help with digestion.
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) – Helps with digestion, relieves belching and/or bloating and sweetens the breath. Chew a few seeds after dinner, but beware: writers of old say that Anise “stirreth up bodily lust”!
Chocolate – Chocolate boosts serotonin and endorphin levels, relieving pain and boosting your mood. In a chocolate/sex study, urologists from Milan’s San Raffaele hospital questioned 163 women about their consumption of chocolate and their sexual fulfillment. “Women who have a daily intake of chocolate showed higher levels of desire than women who did not have this habit,” the study found. “Chocolate can have a positive physiological impact on a woman’s sexuality.”
Strawberry – The “perfect little red heart”. Part of the Rose family. In ancient Rome, strawberries symbolized the goddess Venus. Strawberries hold the energy of love, and when combined with chocolate, increase the energy of the person consuming them!
Tips On Balancing the Heart Chakra
If you feel you may have an imbalance in this area, re-balancing can be accomplished by trying any, several, or all of the following.
As with the other chakras, there are two ways to work with herbs with the heart chakra: by their color or by their use in a particular area of the body. Planting, working with green herbs or even just having them in your life will often work. Gardening in general brings one in contact with many different colors of plants.
Some green herbs that help the heart chakra include:
Others that may be useful for their properties and that may benefit areas of this chakra area include:
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Adaptogens are especially good when searching for help for this chakra. Nervines may be of help when the imbalance manifests in hypertension.
Herbal teas to try:
Green tea (especially matcha where you ingest the leaf of the Camellia and is not just an infusion)
Hibiscus (iced or warm)
Tulsi (Holy basil)
Linden (delicious with lemon)
Several of these blend well together, so experiment! You can make an herbal honey with any of the above herbs as an option. The herbal honey can be used in a tea, or in warm water as needed.