The psycho-spiritual power of herbs

In my book Leaf to Life: Unlock nature’s to true health,  I mentioned that the secret key to good health is the virtue of RESILIENCE. This is proven by numerous studies on the healthy older old around the world. It is the one common factor (surprise! it is not diet though moderation is the key) among the healthy older old in Japan, Georgie, Northern Italy etc.

Resiliency naturally requires one to be able to let go of hurts, prejudice, judgment, anger etc.  For many of us, practicing and cultivating spiritual virtues such as surrender, empathy, compassion, patience etc., is not an easy task. Will power may work for a while but there is a limit. Recourse to divine providence or God’s grace is practiced by many of us. However, for many of us, it may not be a ready alternative.

Herbs are known to have psycho-spiritual effects on us. The green power (called Viriditas by Hildegard of Bingen) permeates the whole universe – nature, plants, earth, and our human bodies. It is the life force ( Chi for the Chinese and divine energy by the Orthodox Christians) that keeps everything alive.

When one consumes a plant, this divine energy given by the Creator is transferred from the plant to the humans and it becomes a healing moment of Viriditas. This is especially so if we use fresh plant tinctures (freshly harvested plant materials prepared into an elixir, which are used in my clinic). For example lavender is balancing for someone who is a perfectionist. And rose helps someone to love him/herself ; yarrow for sensitive nature, hawthorn to let go of anger etc.

It is my belief that plants offer one of the most powerful ways to help us achieve a balanced psycho-spiritual health.

If you want to build resilience or to develop healthy virtues such as forgiveness, compassion etc., get a little help from herbs. It makes life so much easier. Let herbs be your companion.











About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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