Using Music As A Healing Tool

Hey there! My name is Kat. I have been involved in singing and writing music for about 20 years now. I have done research on how different music affects plant growth and death in the past, which caused me later to wonder if the way the plants responded to different types of music held a secret to what might cause a human or an animal to also experience growth. 


Many people like different types of music. And we are not plants. So ahead of time, I do not wish anyone to think that I am saying that you should not listen to different types of music, because that is not what I am saying. :) I am just researching which types of music stir the soul to healing. 

For the plant kingdom, my science experiment included 6 types of music. Classical, Gospel, Rap, Rock, Heavy Metal and Country. I used the same type of house plant. Back when walkmans were popular, I had each one set to a radio station that held those types of music and put the headphones to the base of the plant so the roots fed off of the music. I also gave each of the plants the same amount of light and water. This experiment went on for one week. Classical, Country, Gospel, the plants safely thrived. But in that ONE WEEK TIME, the plant being given heavy metal had DIED. :( poor plant. 

Since I understand that we are NOT plants, I understand that we will not die from listening to heavy metal music. If it is your cup of tea, then by all means, listen :) But for healing purposes I would like to look into this idea that there MAY BE certain music that helps a person heal spiritually if not physically. 

I love to sing. But sometimes I have a headache and I won’t even think of singing. What gave me the headache? Normally stress. I have found that certain types of music have helped my headache go away. This may work differently for all people because we are all created so unique. That is why I was thinking about this thread and hoping I would gain insight through you all. 

My music of choice when I need a healing energy is Celtic instrumental which is pretty haunting and sometimes worship music. In the past, I have prayed that any song I sing be anointed for healing. And one time someone told me that they had a headache before walking into the place I was singing at and the headache went away after a few songs. It made me feel like my music was being used as a healing tool. Which I like.

Is there a type of music that you listen to that makes you feel more well than others? Do you think that there is a connection to how the plants accepted or denied music and how we thrive on music?

34 Responses to Using Music As A Healing Tool

  1. Scottf14 says:

    I tried something similar once. The metal I used was ‘KISS’ glam-metal. The plant lived several weeks longer than the other short-lived plants that I had planted around the house. What particular heavy metal songs did you use?

  2. stutin says:

    Yes, I have heard that music heals the soul and mind, it connects us to a different realm which seem to be relaxing. Music works as a natural anti-depression that dissipates our soul. I have often experience Music healing my soul and giving me the peace and calmness within me.

  3. sha2814 says:

    I absolutely believe we are connected to music – just as any living thing is. I enjoy many genres of music – but when it comes to healing energies I also lean on the Celtic tunes. I think a lot of that is because it is what my mother always played growing up. Yet, I like to match the tones of my Celtic music to my mood. I use instrumentals when I am working (or otherwise deep in thought) and when I am cleaning I go to songs with more fiddle and upbeats.

    I believe that any living thing would react to different types of music. The different energy vibrations easily affect everything they come in contact with.

  4. MedeaWakoski says:

    It seems plants in general don’t like heavy metal! I think they prefer softer, classical music.

    I definitely believe in the power of music. I think it’s important to have in mind the saying “what is one man’s medicine is another man’s poison.” The music that makes me feel all tingly and beautiful, will not have the same effect on a heavy metal junkie! LOL!

  5. tjtrellmom says:

    My mom had a lot of plants when we were children and she would play music everyday. Thinking back her plants were well maintained and healthy. Her plants thrived from those tunes as well as we did. Listening to music made us fill so good! If we had a bad day, we would feel so much better after listening to some jazz, R & B or contemporary music. Music is a wonderful spiritual healer for me!

  6. Luv4ever says:

    I know a few people who love to play music for their plants. Music makes me feel great, I love it! I can tell that different music can affect your mood in positive or negative ways. When I’m upset I like to listen to songs that reflect what I’m feeling. It can make you feel better just feeling like you’re not alone.

  7. chakralove says:

    Music is a wonderful facilitator of all types of energy. I listen to a variety depending on what energy I am trying to bring in to my being. I think that with plants, they are more so in a sense, natural and more structurally less dense than us that something as hard,heavy and matter ridden like heavy metal. Plants with there more etheric energy would not be in-line with that especially when being fed a steady dose of it. But thinking about it, If I was being given a strong dose of certain kinds of music it may make me lose some petals also :).

  8. Astdua says:

    Music, and other sounds can definitely have a permanent healing effect on the soul. I have experienced it myself, although with more soft and peaceful sounds rather than anything too wild.

    Has anyone heard of, or tried bin-aural beats or isochronic tones? Those are definitely great for this sort of thing.

  9. jonathan says:

    I feel that classical music always calms me down and brings me to a new state of awareness. I could listen to hours upon hours of music from Chopin or Mozart.

    I also love to listen to nature sounds like the wind blowing through a forest or the seaside or the sound of rain. It relaxes me and makes me more creative.

    @Astdua – Yes, I listen to bin-aural beats every other day because I find them soothing.

  10. I love sound. I play with various sounds too. I was watching a youtube about this lady that spoke about our ‘soul song’. I have always used music, and sounds such as OM, and more. I have my own music / sound that comes to me in my head, so I was intrigued. It made sense that we would incarnate with various notes, sounds being harmonious to us and that each as unique as ourselves. I meditated, and received mine. It was pretty easy since I wanted it so much, tuned in as it were, and also since like I said, I have been receiving music / sounds in my head all my life.

    Well let me also tell you that when I sing, hum this wordless song outdoors, there is a synergy that surrounds me, I can feel my aura expand, and encompass the trees, and all around me. I have had birds come close by and stare at me, also butterflies land on me etc., all seems to say, ahh, yes, *that’s* who you are. We love you, sing more.

    When in disharmony, nothing brings me back like my ‘soul song’. And yes, it changes a bit, but still retains the ‘core’ if you will of the basic notes.

    Much love to everyone, Ruth

  11. funky terran says:

    This sounds like a very interesting undertaking, but it may be just scraping the tip of the iceberg. I’m wondering, though, whether focusing on this in a genre vs genre fashion will tell us enough of the true power of music.

    As a fan of heavy metal, I would be very interested in the sub-genre used, as there are so many these days. I can well imagine that the faster more aggressive metal genres with very fast beats, low growls and moronic bass riffs would be quite toxic to plants, but there are a number of sub-genres of metal that are influenced by classical music music, such as symphonic metal bands like Nightwish and Rhapsody of Fire.

    Moving away from genres, I would also wonder whether plants would be able to pick up on the spirit of an individual performance or performer. Would a plant respond differently to live performance than to a recording? Would a plant respond to the personality/spirit of a particular performer? In other words, if you played a performance by a vain and self-centered musician who is only interested in his own fame and follow that up with something that is played from the heart and from the soul? For example, I would assume that the music of someone like the intuitive singer and healer Sage Sansone could be far more potent medicine than, say, a generic chart-topping pop song.

    As you can probably pick up from this, I find the topic extremely thought-provoking.

  12. rubydust says:

    Music, for me, has often lifted me from the depths of depression. There have been times that I have felt so low, so pointless. But I know from past experience that music is my medicine. So during these low points, I’ve put on my headphones, closed my eyes and let the music heal my mind. Without fail, it improves my mood.

    The type of music I enjoy is gentle, soulful music. As with the plants, heavy metal music makes me die a little inside!

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