The symbolism of spices varies from culture to culture, but we have found these to be the most common.Spice Symbolism & Meaning.
|Basil (Sweet)||Good wishes, love, serious intentions|
|Basil||Happiness, growing of love, fertility|
|Cinnamon||Stability, soothing warmth|
|Cloves||Dignity, ability to withstand troubles|
Exodus 30:23-25 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And …
John 19:39-40, “And there came also Niccodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night and bought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight. They took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews to bury the dead.”
22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, 24 and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)
First is one of the earliest bulbs to bloom in the year, so they represent new starts, rebirth, and hope.
Hence why we now use sage to symbolize wisdom.
For the Druid priest-healers the seven ‘sacred’ herbs were clover, henbane, mistletoe, monkshood, pasque-fiower, primrose and vervain. This herbal knowledge may go back further than has been thought.
Neophyti: And the Glory of the Lord said: “Behold, I have given you all the herbs that produce seed that are on the face of all the earth and every tree that has fruit in it–seed bearing tree–I have given them to you for food.
The ingredients are detailed in Exodus 30:34, where Moses is tasked with making incense: Take fragrant spices – gum resin, onycha and galbanum – and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts.
According to his account, the holy apostles took from the spices that were used to anoint the body of Jesus Christ when he was buried, added pure olive oil to it, and prayed over it in Upper Zion, the first church where the Holy Spirit fell in the upper room.
In the Bible, myrrh was used as an anointing or embalming oil, and frankincense was used as perfume or incense. Myrrh was used for its health benefits and fragrance. The Magi’s gifts - gold, frankincense, and myrrh had spiritual symbolism (kingship, worship, and death).
Myrrh is a reddish-brown dried sap from a thorny tree — Commiphora myrrha, also known as C. molmol — that is native to northeastern Africa and southwest Asia ( 1 , 2). A steam distillation process is used to extract myrrh essential oil, which is amber to brown in color and has an earthy scent (3).
Garlic is mentioned only once in the Bible. When the rabble tired of the manna and lusted for meat, they bemoaned their situation, recalling days of old before the exodus: We remember the fish we freely ate in Egypt, and the zucchini and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic.
Cinnamon is mentioned in the Bible in several places and it is remarkable that ginger is omitted.
Herbs — Genesis 2-29: “And God said, behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Aster. The September birth flower. This fall-blooming herb with daisy-like flowers stands for Wisdom, Faith, and Valor. Named after the Greek word for “Star” due to it’s blooms resembling a star, Asters symbolize love, wisdom, faith, and color.
Calathea as a symbolic gift
The houseplant Calathea is a symbol of a new beginning. This meaning comes from the English saying ’to turn over a new leaf’, which is what the plant does in the dark. This symbolism makes this an extra special gift.
Keep scrolling for more expert-backed herbs that can help to help lift your mood.- Rhodiola. You might know Rhodiola by its other names; arctic or golden root.
St John’s Wort.
Roman gladiators were known to eat fennel seeds before battles to give them courage. The herb also appears in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as one of Ophelia’s flowers. In Shakespeare’s time, this herb was used to symbolize strength and courage.
Both the ancient Greeks and Romans would weave sweet marjoram into garlands that brides and grooms would wear on their heads to symbolize love, honor and happiness.
The Bible mentions 128 plants that were part of everyday life in ancient Israel and its Mediterranean neighbors. These plants include almonds, apples, black mustard, cucumber, grapes, mandrake, nettle, poppy, and wormwood. The migratory patterns of herbs and plants follow those of the people who relied on them.
Cedar, sage, sweetgrass, and tobacco are sacred to Indigenous people across North America. These herbs are used to treat many illnesses and are crucial in many ceremonies.
Medicinal plants such as Curcuma longa (L.), Terminalia arjuna, Centella asiatica, Bidens Pilosa, Aloe barbadensis, and Rauwolfia serpentine have confirmed wound healing activity and are found to be effective in the treatment of wounds.
When you begin to use God’s method of calling what you desire (Romans 4:17), your body will begin to respond to your faith and demand healing to come forth. Begin to practice taking God’s medicine by confessing these scriptures on a daily basis: “Jesus is the Lord of my life. Sickness and disease have no power over me.
A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs- Chamomile. (Flower) Considered by some to be a cure-all, chamomile is commonly used in the U.S. for anxiety and relaxation.
Echinacea. (Leaf, stalk, root)
Garlic. (Cloves, root)
Goldenseal. (Root, rhizome)