Libra is the sign of the scales, and Libras are well known for being very balanced in all they do. They tend to be very fair and objective, and they make a point of seeking out as many different perspectives as possible in order to form an unbiased, well-informed opinion.
Of course, this doesn’t always work out in Libra’s favor — this sign also has a tendency to be indecisive, very self-critical, and capable of holding powerful grudges.
The best herbs and oils for Libra help this sign play to its strengths. They enhance Libra’s best qualities, while easing some of their negative ones. Like a scale, these plant allies bring balance.
Here are some of the best herbs and essential oils for Libra:
1. Bee balm
Monarda species are powerful attractors of pollinators, hence their name. Medicinally, this herb is sometimes used as a sleep aid. Magically, it’s used for protection, psychic abilities, and fertility.
The essential oil is reminiscent of thyme and is gently soothing. (It’s especially helpful for people whose anxiety manifests as a nervous stomach.)
Be careful, since this plant is sometimes referred to as “bergamot.” It shouldn’t be confused with Citrus bergamia, the fruit of the same name.
Nepeta cataria is known for its impact on cats — they can’t seem to get enough of the stuff, to the point where “catnip” has also become synonymous with something irresistible.
As a Venus-ruled sign, Libra’s energy resonates strongly with this attractive plant. Catnip is also a mild relaxant for people, so it’s good for soothing Libras who find themselves struggling with decisions, self-criticism, or keeping the peace.
See article: Catnip: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Cedrus species are trees known for their aromatic wood. They produce an oil with a woody, balsamic, camphoraceous scent.
The oil is helpful for increasing inner strength, which is good for Libras who find themselves in the middle of a conflict. It’s also good for relieving stress and improving stamina.
Sambucus species have been regarded as sacred trees for centuries. Elderberry is a complex and contradictory herb. It’s used to curse and break curses, and to summon spirits and banish them.
Elder leaves and branches, kept above doors and windows, are said to keep negative energy away. It’s sometimes considered an herbalist’s “cosmetic tree,” as it’s used to help improve and heal the skin.
There’s some dispute about this tree’s ruling planet, but many people consider it (and all other plants that produce sweet fruits) to be ruled by Venus. This ties it to Libra through planetary energy.
Libra is associated with the kidneys and other organs in that area, and may be prone to stones and menstrual irregularities. The essential oil of fragrant members of Pelargonium is sometimes used to help with disorders of the kidneys and reproductive hormones.
In aromatherapy, geranium oil also helps soothe the nerves, calm anxiety, and encourage circulation. It’s also considered helpful for fatigue, so it can help Libra stay awake and focus.
Lavandula species are often treated as a kind of panacea, both magically and otherwise. Lavender essential oil helps relieve stress and anxiety, which Libra may experience when faced with a tough decision.
Dried lavender buds are also a great ingredient in dream pillows for restful sleep. People with a strong Libra presence in their astrological chart innately seek balance and harmony, and this plant can help them cultivate and surround themselves with peace.
See article: Lavender: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Despite the name, Passiflora incarnata is better at soothing passions rather than inflaming them. Historically, it’s been used to treat anxiety and insomnia, and help calm hysteria. It cools the body, relaxes the mind, and brings peace to the spirit.
The seed of the passionflower is also ruled by Venus, which ties it to Libra. This plant can be useful for calming this sign’s anxieties over decision-making, especially if it causes them to lose sleep.
Rosa species are another one of those “universal healers.” Rose essential oil is considered very calming and balancing, which can help Libra ground excess energy and release anxiety.
Magically, it’s also used for all forms of love spells — including self-love, which the ever-self-critical Libra could use. You can drink dried rose as a tisane or use the essential oil in breathing or anointing blends.
Even keeping some of these fragrant beauties around you can be very peaceful and uplifting.
See article: Rose: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
9. Saint John’s Wort
Hypericum perforatum is often treated as a kind of herbal antidepressant and soothing treatment for wounds, but it has other helpful properties as well. In aromatherapy, it’s sometimes used to recover from trauma and stress.
It’s also associated with the sun. As a solar herb, it can be used to help “bring things to light,” which is very valuable for a sign that spends so much energy seeking out different points of view.
Thymus species are Venus-ruled herbs that mesh well with (also Venus-ruled) Libra. Magically, it’s used to increase courage, dispel melancholy feelings, and maintain a positive attitude.
In aromatherapy, it’s purported to help with releasing and forgiving — something that Libra often struggles with. This sign may forgive, but it rarely forgets. Thyme may help Libras let go and move on from old grudges.
See article: Thyme: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Viola odorata produces small flowers that are used in perfumery and the culinary arts. In aromatherapy, the essential oil is used to relieve tension, promote relaxation, and help with sleep.
It’s also very balancing for the emotions, which can help Libra maintain the harmony they desire. These tiny flowers are ruled by Venus, just like Libra, and are used in magic for peace, healing, wishes, and sometimes protection.
Libras are wonderful people, but they can be very hard on themselves at times. They often wear themselves out trying to make decisions, and, as a result, might try to avoid doing it at all.
These essential oils and herbs can help Libras relax, overcome their fears of making the wrong choice, and handle some of the physical and emotional issues to which this sign is prone.
As with any herbs or oils, consult your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any preexisting health conditions.