As I have mentioned before, the Vedas (which originate in India) are some of the oldest known texts in the world. This ancient collection of knowledge is divided into 4 parts, one of which is the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda is specifically dedicated to presenting wisdom in the form of devotional hymns. Not only were these hymns showing reverence to a higher power, but how that higher power manifests here on earth. More than 2,500 years ago, herbs were highly recognized for their majestic healing powers and we can still see them that way today.
Hymn in Praise of Herbs
You herbs, born at the birth of time
More ancient than the gods themselves.
O Plants, with this hymn I sing to you
Our mothers and our gods.
The holy fig tree is your home.
A thousand are your growths.
You, who have a thousand powers,
Free this my patient from disease.
Fly, Spirit of Disease.
Be gone with the blue jay and the Kingfisher.
Fly with the wind's impetuous speed.
Vanish together with the storm.
Most excellent of all are you, O Plants.
Your vassals are the trees.
Let him be subject to your powers
The man who seeks to injure you.
When restoring vanished strength
I hold you herbs within my hand.
And the Spirit of Disease departs,
Cheated of another death.
Reliever is your mother's name.
Hence, restorers are you called.
Rivers are you, with wings that fly.
Keep distant that which brings disease.
Unharmed be he who digs you up
Unharmed the man for whom I dig.
And let no malady destroy
The lives within your guardianship.
When preparing your tea or spicing your food, take a moment to honor the botany of the sacred plants that sustain us -- that connect us to the earth and help us grow more deeply into our most authentic selves.
Rig Veda (circa 2,500 BC)
via The Garden of Life
by Naveen Patnik