Stephanie Gailing is a holistic astrologer based in Seattle, and the author of Planetary Apothecary.
The sign of Virgo is associated with the betterment of physical health. Why? Well, Virgo is always focused on making things more pure and more perfect. It has an appreciation for the parts that constitute the whole, the facets that organize themselves into a cohesive system—an apt description of the human body.
Virgo has a great appreciation for the role that food—notably, natural whole foods—and plant medicine (such as herbs, spices, and essential oils) can play in health; after all, the Virgo Virgin is depicted holding a sheaf of grain, signally the sign’s association with the harvest and the connection with the land’s bounty.
When there is strong Virgoan energy, we have a supported opportunity to really hone in on our health, discerning and deciphering what may be at the root of our dis-ease. We can then harness Virgo’s attention to detail and methodical nature to create and commit to a wellness regimen that can further enhance our well-being.
One caveat, though, with Virgo. Virgoan energy strives for the often unattainable goal of perfection, and if untempered, this can lead to self-criticism, anxiety, worry, and a deflated sense of joy. The trick is to focus on attaining betterment while treating oneself—and others—with compassion. And realizing that focusing upon the process—without attachment to the fruits of one’s labor—can be liberating and inspirational to one’s sense of true well-being.
Here are some of my favorite botanical apothecary remedies that accord with and balance Virgoan energy:
Cardamom: In medical astrology, Virgo is associated with the small intestines and the digestive system in general. If you feel a bit of digestive upset and need some assistance in that area of health, cardamom seeds may be of benefit. Cardamom is considered a carminative, helping to relieve indigestion and flatulence. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is by making cardamom tea. This spice can also be added to recipes (it’s great in curries and soups) and is a wonderful addition to coffee.
Melissa essential oil: The fragrance of melissa (also known as lemon balm) inspires joy. It helps to brighten the mind and reduce anxiety and melancholy. I like to carry a vial of Melissa oil with me and breathe it in when I need a lift. You can also grown a pot of lemon balm herb on a windowsill, using it to make a lovely calming tea.