Essential oils and flower essences are valuable assets in life. They can be used for many purposes and reasons. Though I use both of these in my life and work, I’ve recently been reminded that whole herbs also have great value. And I’m sharing with you the information I’ve received from the Masters. The use of whole herbs differs from how oils and elixirs are used. I’ll only explain a few herbs and their use. These may open you up to find other uses for whole herbs.

The most common everyday use of herbs is to spice up our food. The herbs and their uses are well known. I’m not going to go into spices for food because these were not the uses shared by the Earthen Masters.

One of the limits with people who have animals is that not all oils, especially hot oils, those unfriendly to animals, or low-grade oils, can be dangerous for animals. Then the use of whole herbs might be a better choice. 

Peppermint is known to ward off some pests like rodents and some insects. Peppermint oil is one of the hot oils, often made with lesser quality or additives; thus, it is harmful to animals. The use of the whole herb or plant will also work without the negative side effects to animals.

Other popular hot oil plants include cinnamon, clove, oregano, black pepper, ginger, and thyme. An important reason these are usually harmful to animals is their intensity and when of low quality. Often used in cooking in their whole form, they also have other benefits. Though they are commonly used to scent rooms, in earlier years they were considered medicinal. Placed in a pantry, some of these herbs would ward off insects that would invade the food store. Even today, sprinkling cinnamon or having cinnamon sticks in the pantry will keep food supplies free of many invasive insects. Medicinally, they were used to keep a body healthy and strong by keeping diseases away. Many of these herbs are used today in holistic medicine practices. 

Laurel has been used since ancient times to adorn the crowns of ancient poets and leaders. It was a symbol of wisdom and glory. Some writers admit to having a laurel plant in their writing area to open their circulatory system, which helps them think more creatively. Today there is a list of reasons to keep laurel or bay leaf under the bed. It promotes restful sleep. It began to be used in holiday cooking because it helped improve digestion, relieve colic, and reduce abdominal bloating. Laurel can even be rubbed on the skin to relieve the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism and placed on the chest or sinuses for fever and colds. And again, it is an excellent insect repellent. 

Oregano has been used in many countries as a natural ground cover instead of grass. It does not need to be cut, deters weeds, and repels insects. 

For centuries, herbalists and medicine workers used several varieties of herbs in food, teas, plasters, poultices, and as a wall or door hanging to heal, encourage health, ward off ill spirits, refresh air quality, and keep sick rooms smelling and feeling fresher. Herbs were their primary medicinals for health and well-being. 

Herbs like lavender and chamomile are well known for their relaxing properties. They are used as a tea, in cooking, when bathing, as well as in the bedroom or bed to promote calm, relaxing sleep.

Lemon balm can boost one’s mood. And lemongrass helps thin the veil between the worlds.

When one is concerned about fleas and ticks, the use of whole dried herbs in a pets’ resting areas will repel the insects. There are so many that can be used under or around the bedding. Keeping these near the bed area also helps as a repellant because the animal often retains enough of a hint of the smell of the herb to deter insects from using them as a carrier source. And when used in whole form near, but not on, the animal, this is generally more pet friendly than in concentrated oils and elixirs.

The echinacea flower may be used as a tea to shorten cold symptoms, while increasing immunity. 

Gingko is one of the oldest known healing herbs. It can be used to boost brain health. Studies are continuing to identify many health and beneficial properties of gingko for prevention and care. 

Turmeric is an established anti-inflammatory. It’s used whole and in capsule form. It can also be used as a rub to help with inflammation. 

For those who care about their appearance, primrose has been used as a skin wash as spray to strengthen the skin, replenish hydration, and ease blemishes. Primrose is a very natural herb that provides benefit without additives. 

If you are looking for natural ways to include in your life that don’t add unnecessary chemicals and additives, think about investigating which herbs can fulfill your need. However, be aware, just like so many things, you must check to see if you have any adverse reactions with the multitude of choices, and, if so, find another solution. Since using herbs in their natural form is not common, what you need may be harder to find, but with nature being so plentiful, there are likely many alternative choices. 

I’ve not thought of using whole herbs until the Earthen Masters have made the suggestion. With a houseful of dogs, using whole herbs for me, in some instances, is a better choice than oils and elixirs. This is just another way to bring health and benefit into our world in a more natural way. 

Do you use any herbs now? Will you? Even a simple couple sprigs tied together provides wonderful benefits.

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