yourself as a carpenter, looking at the first blueprints to build your
home. You study the drawings to know what materials and supplies you’ll
need. You examine the land to see how you will proceed with a foundation
and you assemble the right tools to help you build the structure. These
plans take effort and attention to minute detail. You have to work slowly
and steadily to fulfill your goal. And in the end, it should pay off
as you move into a beautiful, well-structured and carefully-built home.
look at our health, we can talk in similar ways. With slow and deliberate
care, the right materials and tools, we can develop and nourish optimal
well-being. When we look at astrology, we find a planet that is essential
for developing these same traits in ourselves. Saturn has long been
known as a restrictive and limiting force, but it is also powerful as
a slow and deliberate energy, helping us to steadily build up strength
and wisdom as well as a solid foundation of good health.
I discussed how Saturn is related to the foundational parts of the body—the
skin, bones and teeth. I also discussed how we could nourish those parts
of the body through proper lifestyle choices. In this article, I will
be looking more in depth at using certain herbs and nutrition for augmenting
our health and stability.
a number of herbs connected to Saturn that can help strengthen the body.
Saturnian herbs should help promote the building of tissue, bones, teeth
and protect the skin. Saturnian herbs are often rich in minerals such
as calcium and potassium.
This ancient herb has been around since prehistoric times and is a strong
depository for minerals such as silica, manganese and potassium. The
silica encourages the absorption of calcium in the body, which in turn
helps strengthen one’s nails and bones.
The root of this herb is highly effective as an alterative, or blood
purifier. Alteratives help cleanse the blood of toxins, which in turn
promotes healthy and clean skin. Sarsaparilla can be used for complaints
of eczema and psoriasis. Other good alteratives include red clover,
burdock and yellow dock. Sarsparilla also is known as a powerful anti-rheumatic.
For those with joint pain and arthritis, a tea of this herb can help
soothe the symptoms.
Comfrey has long been known to heal injuries and build tissue. One of
comfrey’s main constituents is allantoin, which helps promote the growth
of cartilage, bone and connective tissue. It also contains high levels
of calcium and magnesium, which help restore bones that have been fractured
Wintergreen is known primarily in its oil form, which is rich in methyl
salicylate. This chemical is related to aspirin and explains why it
is helpful for reducing pain and swelling associated with rheumatic
and sciatic illnesses. It is also helpful for skeletal troubles like
lumbago (lower back pain).
Borage can be helpful for those going through a Saturnian spell of melancholy.
Borage brightens the disposition and acts as a mild anti-depressive.
The ancient Roman physician Pliny says of it, “borage always brings courage.”
It is known as a restorative agent for the adrenal system, which in
turn reduces stress and increases contentment.
What to Avoid
a Saturnian diet that helps build up strength and avoid bone, joint
and skin problems, it’s smart to avoid food that causes an acidic reaction
and accumulation of toxins and waste in the tissues. Acidic reactions
are caused by red meats, dairy products, eggs, vinegar, pickles, refined
carbohydrates and refined sugar.
in oxalic acid should also be avoided, including spinach, rhubarb, currants
and gooseberries. Although it is not essential to eliminate these foods,
they should be used sparingly. Finally, the use of coffee, black tea,
alcohol and an excessive consumption of salt should be minimized, because
these products detrimentally impact the body and lead to degenerative
What to Incude
diet is one that helps us to ground and center, while providing bone-building
nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and sulfur. Calcium and phosphorus
are minerals that are essential for the proper growth and maintenance
of the bones, teeth and joints. Sulfur is essential for the development
of keratin, a protein that helps build and strengthen hair, skin and
nails. Dark leafy greens, carrots and seaweeds all carry a fair amount
of calcium and foods such as whole grains, nuts and fish carry a high
content of phosphorus. There are a number of foods high in sulfur content
including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, fish and organic meats.
a diet rich in these minerals and high in good quality, organic, whole
foods, the body can establish a strong foundation and fight off illness
and disease more readily.
good carpenter, building a house requires good blue prints, good materials
and good tools. Likewise with our health, we need to develop a plan,
acquire the best food and herbs and practice discipline and patience
for developing a strong constitution. The planet Saturn teaches us the
importance of developing these skills and taking the time to build a
good foundation. When our skin, bones and teeth are strong and healthy,
we create a solid framework for the rest of the body to function optimally.
Although it is known more for its’ restrictive qualities, Saturn is
actually a wise and steady instructor who has much wisdom to teach.
Good health to you!
studies suggest that ingesting large amounts of comfrey and
borage can cause liver damage. Consult a professional doctor, naturopath
or herbalist before using these herbs.
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