The language of herbs

Stormy Stewart


The healing powers of herbs have long been known. And, in addition to their medicinal properties herbs, like flowers, speak a silent, symbolic language. While in recent times, flowers have become the more popular way to convey messages of love and caring, in ancient times, and even as recent as the Victorian era, herbal bouquets were exchanged to express that which words could not.

Some herbs have many meanings, even varying in interpretation by
different sources. Others have very specific messages, such as Rosemary which symbolizes remembrance
says, "Your presence revives me." A considerate nosegay of Chives asks, "Why do you weep?"
Verbena's reassuring message is "You have my confidence." Abor Vitae conveys unchanging friendship saying, "Live for me." Mugwort bestows sentiments of happiness and travel, telling its recipient, "Be not weary." Sage speaks of domestic virtues, long life, and good health. Its potent message is, "I will suffer all for you."

Alas, not all herbal messages are loving or even uplifting. Borage
speaks of bluntness and says, "Your intentions only embarrass me."
Lemon Balm begs, "Don't misuse me," and the spiciness of Savory tells
it like it is, "The truth may be bitter." Goldenrod offers a little
more encouragement while sending a message of indecision, pleading,
"Allow me time to decide."

Still, the language of herbs can be light-hearted and humorous. The
common cooking herb Parsley stands for useful knowledge, festivity,
joy, and victory while
claiming, "The woman of the house is boss." Sweet Marjoram tells a persistent admirer, "Your passion sends blushes to my cheeks."


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How to Make The language of herbs


  1. Balm - sympathy
    Basil (sweet) - good or best wishes, love or serious intentions
    Bergamot (Monarda, Bee Balm) - compassion, sweet virtues
    Betony - surprise, healing
    Calendula - sacred affections, joy, remembrance, grief
    Catnip - intoxification with love
    Chamomile - energy in adversity
    Cilantro (Coriander) - hidden worth
    Cowslip - pensiveness, happiness
    Dill - good spirits
    Elder -zealousness
    Fennel - worthy of praise or flattery
    Geranium - present preference
    Gloxinia - a proud spirit
    Hop - injustice
    Ivy - friendship, matrimony, fidelity, constancy
    Lavender - acknowledgment, suspicion, devotion, loyalty
    Mint - grief, homeliness, wisdom, eternal refreshment
    Marigold - despair, grief, honesty
    Nasturtium - optimism, splendor
    Pennyroyal - flee away
    Peppermint - cordiality
    Santolina - protection
    Sorrel - affection
    Southernwood - bantering jest
    Spearmint - warmth of sentiment
    Tansy (Tannacetum) - resistance, life everlasting, hostile thoughts
    Thyme - thriftiness, happiness, courage
  2. Herbs heal on many levels and offer us a way to convey our sentiments through their beauty and fragrance. Herbs may be combined with other herbs or flowers in a posy or nosegay to convey just the sentiment you wish to express to someone you care about.

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