Herbal How To: Understand Pain According to Your Sun Sign

Dealing with a migraine? Back pain? Tight calves? Treating these issues may be correlated to your Sun Sign, according to JP Hawthorne from the Portland School of Astrology (http://portlandastrology.org/). Each Astrological Sign rules a different part of the body and this can be very insightful when you or someone you know is experiencing pain or imbalance. Below is a list of all the Signs and the parts of the body they rule – plus an herbal recommendation to consider! This information is inspired from a class JP Hawthorne teaches called Herbal Remedies for Your Sun Sign. I highly recommend it!
  • Aries: rules the head rules the head, cranium, eyes. Aries often have migraines, headaches, hot flashes, eye issues and flushed skin. They benefit from Arnica as they are accident prone, like Sagittarius. They also benefit from Feverfew, White Willow Bark, Aloe, and Coconut oil.
  • Taurus: rules the thyroid, mouth, throat, jaw, ears and nose. They often have dental issues, tight jaw, sore throats, excessive or not enough hormones (including thyroid) and toxicity build-up. They benefit from Skullcap for jaw tightness and laxatives to encourage detoxing such as Senna, Triphala, and Psyllium husks.
  • Gemini: rules the hands (they’re always engaged), lungs, central nervous system, hearing, and speech. They are easily drawn to cigarette smoking, often have lung complaints or nervous exhaustion. They benefit from Mullein (in herbal cigarettes), Pleurisy for a wet cough or Marshmallow for a dry cough. They also benefit from nerviness like Milky Oat Tops, Kava, Valerian, Poppy and Tulsi.
  • Cancer: rules the female organs and stomach. They often have menses problems, water retention, emotional eating and burn out. They benefit from Raspberry Leaf, Cleavers, Nettles, Dandelion Leaf and Alfalfa.
  • Leo: rules the back, spinal cord and heart. They often have blood pressure or back problems, over heat easily, can become quickly dehydrated, and also have very acid digestion. They benefit from cooling, anti-inflammatory herbs such as Marshmallow, or heart herbs such a Reishi, Hawthorne or Linden.
  • Virgo: rules the digestion and some ancient astrologists say the sympathetic nervous system. They often have issues with insomnia, muscular tension and indigestion. They benefit from Ginger, Chamomile, Ashwagandha, and disinfecting herbs such as Rosemary, Myrrh, Frankincense.
  • Libra: rules the kidneys, adrenals, blood and its acid/alkaline balance. They often have UTIs, blood sugar issues, sugar sensitivities, and can hold a lot of inner tension managing everything in their life (though they rarely show it). They benefit from Tulsi, Ashwagandha and Eleuthero, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Cordyceps, and Juniper.
  • Scorpio: rules the prostate, the colon and the genitals. Energetically speaking, Scorpio holds the dark shadow. They often have diarrhea, hemorrhoids and other lower digestive issues. They benefit from Triphala, Agrimony or laxatives to loosen the colon, antifungals like Pau D’ Arco, or Devil’s Club to help them with boundaries and absorbing negative energy.
  • Sagittarius: rules the hips and thighs. They are symbolized as Centaurs and as such, often have sciatica, hip replacements and hold tension in this area. They benefit from muscle rub based salves, St. Johns Wort for the sciatica, Kava, Rose, Mints, Aloe, and Agrimony (for their happy-go-lucky attitude that sometimes needs to meet with reality).
  • Capricorn: rules bones, skin, knees, joints, and teeth. They often have gout, arthritis, psoriasis, and brittle bones. They benefit from Burdock, Garlic, Peppers, Oatstraw, Comfrey, Horsetail, and Turmeric.
  • Aquarius: rules the ankles but also the neurons and electrical impulses, such as pumping blood back to the heart. They often have heart problems, muscle spasms, synapsis firing issues and are super sensitive to electricity. They benefit from going on fasts with their electronic devices, herbs like Linden (for blood pressure), Chamomile, Lobelia, Tulsi or Mustard for circulation issues, Lemon balm, and Ashwaganda.
  • Pisces: rules the feet, toes and the parasympathetic nervous system (the pineal gland) and lymphatics (or oceans of the body). More than any other sign, they need to keep a strong psychic field around them, which they struggle with being too permeable. Like Cancer, they benefit from regular energetic cleansing rituals. Yarrow is super helpful for appropriate energetic boundaries as is Black Termaline.
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