Sacred Plant Usage for Improving your Mental and Physical Healt


The sacred plant is an ally to the humanity and is crucial for every shamanic tradition . No matter the culture or the age , the medicinal plants are always part of the healer’s arsenal .

sacred plant at the shaman

Each illness can be cured with the right sacred plant .

Depending on the issue the shaman knows which sacred plant can be most beneficial for the patient . Another important thing that the shaman knows best is how to properly prepare the plants , so that they would be most beneficial the needs of the person . By knowing these things , one can easily treat his illness and enhance his physical and mental health and abilities . The plant spirits are part of our life and if we posses the knowledge we can use them daily . Here are some of the most beneficial plants and herbs .

Silene Capensis  

sacred plantAlso known as the African dream root . This plant is considered sacred by the Xhosa people . It is traditionally used during the initiation journeys of shamans . Their tradition attach great spiritual and medicinal value to the sacred plant . The tea of the roots induces remarkably vivid and prophetic lucid dreams. In high dosage the plant can be used as an emetic . Furthermore the plant is considered “ubulawu”- a medicine that can be used for treating various deceases and illnesses

Usage : To prepare a Silene Capensis tea just grind the roots to powder and add 200-300mg. of the powder in  water . Consume on an empty stomach . Be aware that exceeding the proper dosage will cost you an intensive vomiting .  

Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra)

elderberries sacred plantThe Elder is a deciduous shrub found in whole Europe and part of America . Used by ancient times the elder tea is a real boost for the immune system . The sacred plant provides a natural source of beta carotene  and vitamin C . It contains anthocyanins which is quite beneficial for the skin cells . It also contains phosphorus and potassium , essential for the cardiovascular function vascular healthy condition .To prepare the brew you need an approximately 0.500 ml. of water and two table spoons of dried elderberries and a honey .

Usage : Put the water and the elderberries in a saucepan . Let the water boil , then reduce the heat and let it simmer for approximately 15 minutes . let it cool for 5 minutes and strain it with a mesh strainer . Then add the honey . In addition you can add cinnamon powder or turmeric powder .

Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

thyme sacred plant It is an evergreen herb with a multiple applications . Used by the Egyptians in their embalming rituals , used in the Greek baths and as an incense in their temples . In Middle Age Europe the sacred plant becomes even more popular . Used to aid sleep and to protect from nightmares . It is believed that it gives courage to its bearer . Also used in funerals as it helps the soul to pass to the next life . Among its healing properties are lowering blood pressure , stops coughing , boosting your immunity and boosting your mood . It has positive effects on the throat chakra . Mentally it benefits your communication abilities and gives your self confidence .

Usage : To prepare the brew put 2 table spoons of dried Thyme in to a cup and pour the boiling water . Let it steep for 10 minutes and that’s it . If you want you can add a honey or a lemon .

Holy Basil (Ocimum Tenuiflorum)

holy basil sacred plantAlso known as Tulsi , the Holy  Basil is considered an elixir of life in the Hinduism . Often mentioned in the Vedas it is an important part of the Hindu traditions . This sacred plant calms the mind and it is used before meditation . Tulsi helps with treating diseases like colds , flu and coughs . The Holy Basil essential oil has quite impressive antiseptic properties . It is a great tool for reducing the damaging effect of the stress , which makes it a perfect ally for the modern day human . It protects the cells making it very useful fighting the side effect of chemotherapy . The sacred plant is also used in a variety of cases as : Asthma Lung disorders , Kidney Stones , Headache , Fever , heart disease , etc. It contains vitamins A and C , calcium , zinc , iron and chlorophyll .

Usage : To prepare the tea pick 10to 15 holy basil leaves . Add the leaves in 300 ml. of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes . You can add some natural sweeteners .

Syrian Rue (Peganum Harmala)

sacred plant syrian rueThe sacred plant of the Middle East . Known for centuries by many names : Dioscorides , Galen , Avicenna … The Syrian Rue provides a variety of health benefits and can be used as Analgesic , Cytotoxic agent , antimicrobial ,  vasorelaxant and antidepressant . The most important of all his properties however is the consciousness altering effect . It is a hallucinogenic plant used in shamanic rituals and ceremonies . It is a plant teacher of the middle east for  

Usage : The seeds can be consumed directly by grinding it with teeth . The average dosage is of approximately 1 gram . 

You can also make a tea from the seeds . Put 1-2 grams in a cup of boiling water then let it simmer for 30 minutes .

Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)

sacred plant mugwortThe Mugwort is wildly used in the Japanese , Korean and Chinese traditional medicine . This sacred plant has antibacterial and antifungal properties . It helps regulating the menstruation , reliving the menstrual pain and ease the onset of the of the menopause . In Middle Ages the mugwort is used for inducing abortion .Chewing fresh leaves relieves fatigue and helps you clear your mind . It also helps against sleep disorders and insomnia . The mugwort is also used in shamanic rituals for smoking in a combination with tobacco . It greatly enhance the lucid dreaming and helps achieving an altered state of consciousness .

Usage : To make a tea heat a water to boil . Put a 2 teaspoons of mugwort , add the boiling water and cover the cup . Leave for 10 minutes then. strain it with a mesh strainer .

You can also roll and smoke the mugwort as a tobacco . It helps against sleeping disorder and enhance your dreams .


chamomile sacred plantChamomile is the sacred plant of Asgard and it harness its powers from the sun itself . Cganinuke provides energy and wisdom . It has anti-fungal and antispasmodic effects and is helpful for fighting hemorrhoids . Mild tea of its flowers combined with mother’s milk eases the baby colic .The Chamomile also has anti-anxiety properties and can be used for stress- relief and as a cure for insomnia . The plant is also considered an antidepressant .

Usage : To prepare a tea simply put 2 tablespoons of dried flowers or 4 spoons of crisped blooms . Pour with boiled water and cover for 5 minutes and let it steep . Then use a strainer to strain .

Fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)

fennel seeds sacred plantThe benefits of the Fennel seeds are numerous and it is no surprise that it is widely used since ancient times . In the Chinese’s traditional medicine the seeds are used to treat hormonal problems , to boost the mother’s milk production and relieving the PMS symptoms . The Fennel is also known to boost the immune system and improving the digestive functions of the body . It is useful for relieving arthritis , weight loss and many more .The brew of the seeds  is improving the eyesight . The Norse shamans used the seed to enhance their intuition and skills . With the help of the Fennel brew they were able to see more clearly the illness , the anger and the pain in the people around them . The Fennel is a sacred plant that opens the heart and boost your spiritual awareness .

Usage : For the tea preparation gently crush 1 teaspoon of seeds , please it in to a tea ball , pour with boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes .

Saffron ( Crocus sativus)

saffron sacred plantSaffron is maybe one of the most expensive herbs out there and there is a reason for that . It has been cherished by many great civilizations The Summerians used it for magical potions and remedies . The Greeks and the Egyptians used the saffron as an offering for the gods . The Saffron is known to protect your eyesight and to delay even stop blindness . It is filled with crocin , which is a powerful antioxidant and has Anti-cancer properties . The crocin greatly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease . It helps treat Alzheimer’s disease and relieving the symptoms of depression . The saffron also cleans the stacked negative energy .

Usage : To make a Saffron tea take 4 strands and put it in a cup with little warm water . After 8 to 10 minutes pour boiling water over it . If you like you can add honey .


calendula sacred plantThe calendula is another sacred plant with great both physical and mental properties . It was used in rituals and ceremonies by the Greeks and Romans . The calendula has antibacterial , anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties . It is useful for treating wounds . A brew of calendula petals can be applied for treating infections . It also boost your ability to see the spiritual realm . Furthermore the plant is used to bring comfort and to deal with fear . A good herb against anger issues . Calendula is also helpful for overcome traumatic experiences .

Usage : To make a tea add a tablespoon of calendula in a cup , pour a boiling water and cover it for 15 to 20 minutes .

The symbiosis between the humans and the sacred plants exists since the down of humanity.They were always here for us , no matter if we need guidance or healing . We relied for centuries of their properties from providing air to bread to altering our perceptions and letting us get closer to the divine spirits . They are our allies , our teachers our friends . It is our duty to take care of them and protect them as they do for us .

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