Contributed from our friend Shirell Bishop
Each of us at some in our lives has taken a moment, or two, to indulge our zodiac related curiosities. While it isn’t an “exact” science, horoscopes have helped to guide and entertain people through many of life’s obstacles. If you went beyond the usually daily horoscopes, you’ll have learned about the various categories that include each of the zodiac signs.
Herbs for your Astrological Sign
During one of my more curious moments, I learned there is much more than just seasons, birthstones, and colors associated with our signs. My interest was piqued when I learned of the ailments connected to each member of the zodiac. Especially those ailments that are similar to what I often experience. The discovery of ailments, led to finding herbs that can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Thats right, herbs for your astrological sign! There are a few studies that explain the benefits of herbal remedies. I suggest researching if you are interested in non-prescription alternatives.
Below are a small percentage of the herbs I found that relate to each sign. I’m not a doctor. But, I have had positive experiences with herbal remedies, more often than not. Remember, it’s always a good idea to do your research and consult a doctor before trying new herbal remedies and supplements. Adverse bodily reactions are possible.
March 21 – April 19
head, brain, and face
The competitively bold Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. This cardinal fire sign uses “headfirst” as its mantra. This rambunctious ram rarely wavers from the more challenging situations and loves to be number one. They have a dynamic personality, and are equally loving. Some of their less positive traits can lead to stress, depression, and stroke – ailments associated with this sign.
Helpful herbs: St. John’s wort, kava kava, Tienchi ginseng, and chamomile.
April 20 – May 20
neck, ear, and throat
This fixed earth sign is one of the more practical signs of the zodiac. The Taurus tends to patiently finish what they start, making them quite reliable and benefactors of their hard work. They love surrounding themselves with loving people, and the serenity that comes from relaxation. But colds, sore throats, ear aches, and under-active thyroid are associated with knocking Taurus off track.
Helpful herbs: Uumcka, licorice root, echinacea,nettles, and mullein.
May 21 – June 20
shoulders, arms, and hands
Gemini, a mutable air sign, is a gentle, creative whose adaptive abilities allow them to maneuver in various spaces. This sign embodies two personalities in one body – social butterfly and thoughtful loner. The two personalities can sometimes lead Gemini to believe they can be in two places at the same time, and cause them to take on one too many projects. Stretching themselves too thin invites colds, anxiety, and insomnia.
Helpful herbs: Eucalyptus, sage, lavender, valerian, and ashwagandha.
June 21 – July 22
breast, chest, and stomach
Cancer is a cardinal water sign who fiercely guards their emotional space. This can make it a bit of a challenge to get to know this mysterious sign. But once they open up to you, you’ll find them to be extremely intuitive and sentimental. Once you are emotionally close to them, you’ll experience a level empathy and loyalty that make them amazing friends. Their connections and concern for others can be breeding grounds a few troublesome traits for this sign – depression, obesity, and digestive trouble.
Helpful herbs: Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, green tea, dandelion, and peppermint.
July 23 – August 22
heart, back, spine, blood
Leos are the true rulers of the celestial kingdom. These fixed fire signs enjoy being illuminated by the spotlight. Leos are an attractive and self confident bunch, who make very loving and loyal friends. Once they have focused on a particular goal, they often achieve it. They are often bursting with energy and passion. But dialing back and relaxing can be helpful. High blood pressure, blocked arteries, and heart issues can be issues.
Helpful herbs: Hawthorne, celery seed, gotu kola, and cat’s claw
August 23 – September 22
Virgo is a mutable earth sign. Virgo is highly analytical and tends to choose reason over emotions. These perfectionists have a very logical approach to how they choose to live their day to day lives. They work hard at improvement and rarely overlook the most minute of details. Despite playing it safe, some of the ailments associated with Virgo are ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight fluctuations.
Helpful herbs: Licorice root, burdock, ginger, agrimony, and dandelion
September 23 – October 22
kidneys, adrenal glands, skin
Libra is a cardinal air sign who enjoys a harmonious life full of balance. While Libras may not always lean towards large events, they enjoy company over being alone. Libras are not typically combative and enjoy keeping the peace. They are keen minded individuals who enjoy a great deal of mental stimulation. Some of the woes associated with this sign are digestive trouble (diarrhea/constipation) and managing hydration.
Helpful herbs: Peppermint, chamomile, cascara sagrada, astragalus
October 23 – November 21
bladder, genitals, rectum
Scorpio is the fiery fixed water sign of the zodiac family. This sign is sometimes misunderstood because of this characteristic. Scorpios are naturals leaders who are both passionate and resourceful. They are beings who prefer to express themselves emotionally in various ways. The ailments associated with them are urinary tract infection, cystitis, and thrush.
Helpful herbs: Horsetail, uva ursa, clove, oregano, and juniper.
November 22 – December 21
hips, thighs, sciatic nerves, and vision
The knowledge seeking Sagittarius is the last of the fire signs. Sagittarians love to travel and truly enjoy having a connection to the rest of the world. They are adventurous spirits who possess a great sense of humor and curiosity. They thrive most when they feel a unyielding sense of freedom. Rheumaticism, sciatic troubles, and poor vision are issues that attempt to slow down the Sagittarius.
Helpful herbs: Arnica, calendula, Passion flower, bilberry, and willow bark
December 22 – January 19
bones, teeth, skin
The cardinal Capricorn is the last earth sign of the zodiac. They have an ability to thrive in both their personal and professional lives, due to their self- discipline. Self-control sets them apart from the other signs of the zodiac. They love spending time with family and loved ones. A few things they don’t like- anxiety, skin allergies, and bone trouble.
Helpful herbs: Red clover, nettle, evening primrose, winter’s bark, gotu kola
January 20 – February 18
lower legs, ankles, circulation
The name “Aquarius” does include “water” in its name, but is the last of the air signs. These deep thinkers enjoy helping others and have a “glass half full” way of viewing the world. They adapt well in social environments, and tend to be highly intellectual people. They are independent spirits who love those close to them. Weak joints and poor circulation can slow them down.
Helpful herbs: Flax, butcher’s broom, parsley, and horse chestnut.
February 19 – March 20
nervous system, feet, thalamus
The last of all the zodiacs constellations is the Pisces. Pisces alternate between dreams and reality unlike the other signs. Yet, they tend to have a greater understanding life’s lessons due to learning from the experiences of others. They are the selfless of the zodiac, and love to help others. Mental health, their nervous system, and anxiety are associated with this sign.
Helpful herbs: Mulungu, skullcap, holy basil, lemon balm, chamomile
About the Author: Shirell is on a journey to a healthier lifestyle, and has been incorporating wellness practices into her everyday life. Traveling and meditation are her favorite forms of self-care. Her goal is to inspire others to explore the world as often as they can.
Kevin Gianni is co-founder and CEO of Annmarie Skin Care, an award winning skin care company that produces organic and wildcrafted facial oils, serums, and cleansers. Annmarie Skin Care has been one of Inc500’s Fastest Growing Companies and also was recognized as one of Inc500’s Best Workplaces. The company and products have been featured by many media outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Organic Spa Magazine. He is also the author of Kale and Coffee: A Renegade's Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity published in 2015 by Hay House.