Ancient Herbal Secrets of The Celts

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The ancient Celts were a group of tribal societies. They were not brutes or primitive. They belong to an advanced civilization. They were traders of copper and tin. The Celts were the first to mix tin and copper to produce bronze. Apart from being astute traders, they were very spiritual.

They loved being close to nature. In fact, much of the spiritual festivals by the Celts revolved around expressing value and love for nature. They cultivated the lands and developed remedies for various ailments. They also adopted a healthy, holistic approach to preserve beauty and health. Below are three of the most revered herbs the Celts used in ancient healing:


Also known as Huckleberry or Whortleberries, Bilberry is a low-growing shrub that bears edible berries. It belongs to the Ericaceae family. The Celts used to gather these berries in Ireland’s midlands. The berries are so revered by the Celts; they celebrate its season through the Festival of Lugnasa.

The berries are extremely nutritious. They contain antioxidants that protect the artery walls from oxidative damage. The berries also eliminate fat plaques from the veins. Bilberries are also rich in antioxidant anthocyanidins. Anthocyanidins are compounds that protect from cell damage and soothe a hyperactive immune system. The Celts believed that bilberries purify the blood. And they could be right. Modern studies suggest bilberries help cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating disorders.

You can incorporate this traditional Celtic herb by tossing it to your favorite salad. You can make jams and marmalades from bilberries and spread it on toast.


Burdock is a type of a biennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. The plant has dark green leaves and violet flowers. The Burdock plant was cultivated as medicine and food by the Celts. The roots of the plant are collected and consumed raw or cooked as food. The root has a sweet taste with a slight crunch.

The natural compounds found in burdock roots help purify the system. It stimulates the excretory system to expel accumulated toxins and harmful compounds. If you have acne-prone skin, you will love burdock roots. Burdock prevents skin inflammation. It also regulates hormones to prevent breakouts. Druid shamans used to give burdock roots to pubescent teenagers suffering from acne! Burdock’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a great treatment for arthritis pain and gout.

The burdock root is a popular Japanese delicacy. In Korea and China, young burdock roots are harvested and prepared as healing dishes.


Mistletoe is a type of hemiparasitic plant that belongs to the Santalaceae family. The Druids loved mistletoe so much, they became known as cultivators of the herb. The berries are harvested and then used in ceremonial drinks. The mistletoe berries are hallucinogenic. They were used by the Druid shamans to “transport” themselves to other worlds. Modern medicine regards mistletoe berries as potential anti-cancer treatment. In fact, in the 1920s, the drug called Iscador contained mistletoe extracts. It was developed by Rudolph Steiner with a team of scientists and pharmacists.