Geminis are chatty social butterflies, endowed with seemingly endless charisma and a love for interesting conversations. On the flip side, those born under this sign tend to be easily bored, anxious, and, at times, immature.
It’s not always easy to face up your sun sign’s “dark side,” but there are measures you can take to make it easier. Working with the right herbs and oils can help Geminis not only conquer the negative aspects of their sign, but also enhance their positive traits and soothe the physical issues to which they are prone.
Here are some of the best herbs and essential oils for Gemini:
The essential oil of Citrus bergamia has several helpful effects on Gemini. In aromatherapy, it’s said to help reduce tension in the muscles of the upper body, and may help reduce the risk of respiratory infections.
Gemini rules the shoulders, arms, hands, and lungs, so this can come in very handy. Bergamot oil is also said to be uplifting, positive, and calming, which will be very helpful for the flighty, anxious Gemini spirit.
Trifolium species are associated with Gemini. As such, they can help enhance this sign’s positive qualities. In magic, these three- or four-leaved plants are used in spells for money, luck, protection, fidelity, and success.
White clover (Trifolium repens) in particular is said to have an affinity for the upper half of the body and is purported to help clear out mild respiratory complaints. This species may be the best choice for Gemini.
Foeniculum vulgare is associated with the element of Air, and ruled by the planet Mercury — just like Gemini is. This plant is used in teas, cooked as a vegetable, and sometimes used as a flavoring agent in other foods.
Fennel is also used medicinally as a digestive aid and expectorant, which means it can help soothe a nervous stomach or lingering cough. Magically, it’s used for confidence and eloquence — two things that conversation-loving Gemini could use.
It’s also used to help enhance focus, which this sign sometimes struggles with. Avoid consuming fennel while pregnant, since it may act as a uterine stimulant.
Lavandula species are known for their soothing, cleansing, calming scent, and their essential oil can be a boon for Geminis who are prone to anxious thoughts. Gemini also tends to be one of the most impulsive signs, but using lavender can help them chill out enough to determine whether their newest flight of fancy is really a good idea or not.
Use the dried buds in teas or as a flavoring for sweet or savory dishes, burn the dried stalks like incense, stash sachets of the dried buds around, or use the essential oil for anointing.
You can also diffuse the oil, but be cautious around pets or small children — even though lavender is gentle, it can be toxic to them.
See article: Lavender: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Cymbopogon species comprise several members known for their citrusy aroma, used in culinary, medicinal, and magical recipes wherever they’re found. As an aromatherapy oil, it’s used to relax the nerves, reduce body aches, stimulate, and uplift.
Many of its uses are similar to bergamot in this sense. It can help relieve tension in the parts of the body associated with Gemini, and stimulate and energize this sign’s easily bored, distractable mind.
Use the dried leaves in tea, or the fresh ones while cooking. You can also work with lemongrass essential oil in blends for anointing or meditation.
See article: Lemongrass: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
6. Lemon verbena
Aloysia citrodora has a bright, invigorating lemony aroma, just like lemongrass does. Magically, it’s considered to be ruled by Mercury.
Mercury is also Gemini’s ruling planet, so this can be a very valuable herb to work with when it comes to strengthening the positive aspects of this planet and sign.
It’s also used in spells to increase one’s attractiveness to others, and, when placed in a dream pillow, can guard against bad dream.
The cool, refreshing scent of Mentha piperita is nearly unmistakable. It’s one of the most commonly found herbs in a magic practitioner’s toolbox, and is a very versatile medicinal ally as well.
For Gemini, it can help clear congestion that can interfere with healthy lung function. It’s also a very uplifting and invigorating scent. Use the dried leaves or extract in food or beverages, or work with the essential oil.
Be careful if you use an oil or extract, however — a little goes a very long way!
See article: Mint: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Scutellaria lateriflora is considered a helpful herbal remedy for many of Gemini’s chief complaints. It’s a tonic for the nervous system, reduces overwhelmed feelings, and helps induce healthy sleep.
For Geminis who suffer from insomnia because of anxiety or racing thoughts, this herb can be very useful. It can help Geminis focus and relax. The dried leaves make a wonderful tea, but may act as an emmenagogue and should be avoided during pregnancy.
9. Slippery elm
Ulmus rubra is used medicinally because of its high mucilage content — the “slippery” part of slippery elm. That isn’t what makes it helpful for Gemini, however. Instead, it’s this tree’s magical properties.
Slippery elm is commonly used to protect against gossip, which Gemini often falls prey to.
Work with this herb to help curb the urge to gossip about others or use it magically to guard yourself against those who would gossip about you. It’s also helpful for keeping your thoughts grounded.
Viola odorata, the sweet violet, is the species most often used in food and perfumery. Magically, these small purple flowers are used in spells for wishes, peace, healing, and love.
Among aromatherapists, the essential oil is considered a potent remedy against stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. This means that it can help calm Gemini’s nerves, and restore their energy levels once they’re tapped out from socializing.
You can eat both the leaves and flowers of this plant, or work with candied violets or violet syrup. The flower’s essential oil can be a bit tough to come by. Violet leaf absolute is much easier, and still commonly used for perfumes.
Gemini is one of the most charming of the signs, but all of that outward charisma and sociability doesn’t mean that they don’t struggle internally.
These herbs can help those born under the sign of the twins to feel more confident, grounded, and relaxed, and even improve their ability to focus. As with any medicinal herb, consult your physician before use.