Sacred herbs of the Celts: These 4 plants are one of them

Sacred herbs of the Celts: These 4 plants are one of them

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What the Celts called "holy herbs" we now call "medicinal herbs". We will introduce four of the best-known sacred herbs to you in more detail.


Meadowsweet, verbena, mistletoe and watercress are described as magical herbs of the Celts. According to the Celtic druids, i.e. the pioneers of herbal knowledge and folk medicine, these four herbs are said to have special powers, which is also the reason for the term “holy herbs of the Celts”.

What the Celts previously described as “special powers”, we would today rather call a healing effect, because the four herbs are all remedies with which a wide variety of ailments and ailments can be combated. In the following we would like to introduce you to the four best-known holy herbs of the Celts and to explain the importance of each individual plant for the Celts.

4 holy herbs of the Celts in detail


Meadowsweet, which is native to Europe, is one of the particularly fragrant rose plants and was once primarily used to sweeten and flavor wine. Its white flower umbels are very reminiscent of the elder's umbels, which is why these two plants are often confused in nature.


An aromatic tea drink can be made from the flower umbels, which has a healing effect, particularly in the case of diarrhea. But syrup can also be made from the flower umbels. The flower umbels are also used to flavor sweet fruit dishes, creating a slightly nut-like taste.

The Celts once used the entire fragrant plant as a colorant for their fabrics. Meadowsweet was also hung in the house and stable to ward off ghosts and demons.

Argentine verbena:


The Argentine verbena, which is popularly dubbed the wish herb or sagebrush, has a very fine, lilac-colored flower that unfolds its splendor from May to October. The prerequisite for this is a sunny, sheltered location, which has a particularly nutrient-rich soil.

The Celts associated various forms of superstition with the verbena, which they themselves called druid herb, such as Divination, magical powers, etc. This sacred magic plant was only ever collected in the dark night, when even the moon was dark.



Mistletoe is one of the really interesting parasite plants that grows on trees or shrubs every year or two. Your branches branch very strongly in the host plants to get enough water and nutrients. They also develop male and female yellow flowers over the course of a season, which after successful insect pollination and cross-fertilization turn into white, yellow or red berries.

The Celts worshiped the once very rare mistletoe and the tree on which it grows as a sacred plant because it was said that it could even cure poisoning if a special potion was made from it. This generally most important plant of the Celts could only be cut off by a priest in white robe and with a golden knife.

Mistletoe branches also have a special meaning in our culture, which is why numerous lovers still kiss under a mistletoe branch, which in turn should lead to a special love happiness.



The white-flowered watercress is one of the marsh plants, which is why it strongly prefers the proximity of streams, rivers, ponds and ponds when choosing its location. The wintergreen, vitamin-rich and mineral-rich plant can only ever be processed fresh in the kitchen, although it is available for a very long season. The use is similar to garden cress, which is why the watercress mostly can refine salads and soups, as well as spreads with their slightly spicy taste.

The watercress mainly served the Celts as an aphrodisiac! And it is revered as a sacred plant because it is said that it was able to ensure that the magical powers of water were preserved.