Healing is an ability used by angels to repair the physical damage of others, usually humans, and in some cases other angels. An angel's ability to heal or resurrect the dead is typically tied to Heaven; if an angel is cut off from Heaven in some fashion, they may lose the ability. Angels, unlike demons, will also heal a vessel of any and all injuries they receive while possessed.
When an angel heals a human, or another angel, the effect can be achieved by either placing two fingers on the injured's forehead or through a bright light emanating from the palm of the angel's hand. Occasionally, a brief golden glow appears around the injury as it vanishes, even with the finger touch, but usually the injuries just disappear without a trace.
- 1 Episodes
- 1.1 1.12 Faith
- 1.2 2.01 In My Time of Dying
- 1.3 2.08 Crossroad Blues
- 1.4 4.01 Lazarus Rising
- 1.5 4.16 On the Head of a Pin
- 1.6 4.20 The Rapture
- 1.7 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
- 1.8 5.02 Good God, Y'All
- 1.9 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
- 1.10 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
- 1.11 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight
- 1.12 5.22 Swan Song
- 1.13 6.07 Family Matters
- 1.14 6.08 All Dogs Go to Heaven
- 1.15 6.19 Mommy Dearest
- 1.16 6.21 Let It Bleed
- 1.17 7.01 Meet the New Boss
- 1.18 7.17 The Born-Again Identity
- 1.19 8.08 Hunteri Heroici
- 1.20 8.10 Torn and Frayed
- 1.21 8.14 Trial and Error
- 1.22 8.17 Goodbye Stranger
- 1.23 8.21 The Great Escapist
- 1.24 8.22 Clip Show
- 1.25 8.23 Sacrifice
- 1.26 9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
- 1.27 9.02 Devil May Care
- 1.28 9.03 I'm No Angel
- 1.29 9.05 Dog Dean Afternoon
- 1.30 9.06 Heaven Can't Wait
- 1.31 9.10 Road Trip
- 1.32 9.11 First Born
- 1.33 9.18 Meta Fiction
- 1.34 9.23 Do You Believe in Miracles?
- 1.35 10.02 Reichenbach
- 1.36 10.03 Soul Survivor
- 1.37 10.17 Inside Man
- 1.38 10.18 Book of the Damned
- 1.39 10.20 Angel Heart
- 1.40 11.03 The Bad Seed
- 1.41 11.04 Baby
- 1.42 11.06 Our Little World
- 1.43 11.10 The Devil in the Details
- 1.44 11.18 Hell's Angel
- 1.45 11.21 All in the Family
- 1.46 11.23 Alpha and Omega
- 1.47 12.02 Mamma Mia
- 1.48 12.03 The Foundry
- 1.49 12.07 Rock Never Dies
- 1.50 12.10 Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets
- 1.51 12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You)
- 1.52 12.19 The Future
- 1.53 12.23 All Along the Watchtower
- 1.54 13.07 War of the Worlds
- 1.55 13.08 The Scorpion and the Frog
- 1.56 13.13 Devil's Bargain
- 1.57 13.16 Scoobynatural
- 1.58 13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive
- 1.59 13.21 Beat the Devil
- 1.60 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll
- 1.61 14.02 Gods and Monsters
- 1.62 14.03 The Scar
- 1.63 14.07 Unhuman Nature
- 1.64 14.08 Byzantium
- 1.65 14.09 The Spear
- 1.66 14.12 Prophet and Loss
- 1.67 14.14 Ouroboros
- 1.68 14.16 Don't Go in the Woods
- 1.69 14.17 Game Night
- 2 See also
Sue-Ann Le Grange uses black magic to harness the power of a reaper to make her husband Roy Le Grange seem like a real faith healer. When Dean is diagnosed with a damaged heart after a rawhead hunt goes sideways, Sam takes him to see Roy, who heals him of his ailment. When the Winchesters learn that Sue has been sending a reaper to kill those she deems unworthy and transfer their life force to others, they end her control over the Reaper, who quickly turns on Sue.
To save Dean's life, John summons and make a deal with Azazel. In exchange for Dean being healed, John gives up the Colt as well as his life. When the deal is struck, Azazel travels to the Veil where he possesses the reaper Tessa and pulls Dean back to his body, healed of all wounds.
As a side effect of Dean being resurrected by Castiel, all of his past wounds have been healed. As he relates to Sam in 4.05 Monster Movie, he has no more bullet wounds, knife cuts, or fingers left off-angled from old breaks. He mentions that his skin is as smooth as a newborn's, as well as theorizing that with his new body, he is once again a virgin.
When Jimmy Novak is mortally wounded, he pleads with Castiel to leave his daughter and let him be his vessel again. After Castiel warns him of the toll it will take, Jimmy accepts and is possessed, whereupon his wound is healed.
In the face of Dean's continued refusal to become Michael's vessel, Zachariah first offers to heal Bobby of his paralysis. When Dean still refuses, Zachariah gives him stage 4 stomach cancer, and removes Sam's lungs. As the boys writhe in pain and hypoxia, Castiel arrives, claiming to have been resurrected by God, and demands that Zachariah put Sam and Dean back together and leave, which Zachariah reluctantly does.
Castiel reveals to Bobby that his powers are derived from Heaven, and with him being cut off, certain abilities are no longer at his disposal, such as healing Bobby's paralysis.
After Sam and Dean are shot and killed by Walt and Roy, their journey in Heaven takes them to the "Garden", where they meet an angel named Joshua, who tells them to stop looking for God, as they will not find him. Joshua also tells them of their many prior deaths and how this time he has been given instructions for Sam and Dean to remember, before sending them back to earth in their restored bodies.
After Castiel is brought back to life by God, he proceeds to heal Dean of all his wounds incurred by Lucifer and resurrects Bobby.
After causing a small burn upon Sam's hand as a demonstration of his power over Sam, Crowley heals it.
When a demon possessing Lisa stabs itself in the stomach, Dean rushes Lisa to a hospital after exorcising it from her body. At the hospital Castiel places his hand on her forehead, healing her in addition to removing any memories of Dean from Lisa and Ben's mind at Dean's request.
Desperate to save Sam from his hallucinations, Dean receives a call from a fellow hunter named Mackey who tells him of a man named Emmanuel Allen who can heal the sick, telling Dean of his right eye being cured of its blindness.
Upon learning Emmanuel is an amnesiac Castiel, Dean takes him to the hospital where Sam is staying, where after confronting demons, Castiel remembers his true identity. Unable to cure Sam of his insanity, as an act of penance for destroying Sam's mental wall, Castiel transfers Sam's trauma from the Cage to himself, becoming catatonic in the process.
After hearing a baby's incessant crying, Castiel appears and tells the child's mother that the doctors missed an inguinal hernia which is very hard to detect. Castiel heals the hernia, stopping the baby's crying before he is summoned away by Naomi.
When Castiel's mind is rebooted from coming into contact with the angel tablet, he goes on to heal Dean of the wounds he'd inflicted while nearly beating him to death.
Castiel mentions that his gunshot wound is healing slower than he expected it to resulting in Castiel still feeling pain from time to time.
After stealing Castiel's grace, Metataron heals the cut in Castiel's neck used to siphon the grace from his vessel.
Due to the nature of Sam's failing health and his own injuries from the Fall, the angel Ezekiel proposes to Dean he possess Sam to heal him from the inside out, as well as allow himself to heal, and when they are both healthy he will vacate Sam's body. Desperate, a reluctant Dean agrees and together they are able to trick Sam into consenting to being a vessel.
When Sam receives a severe neck wound from Chef Leo, Gadreel briefly takes over and heals the wound, erasing Sam's memory of the attack as well.
Castiel continues the healing process which was begun by Gadreel to heal the internal burns from Sam's attempt at the demon trials.
Learning that the residual grace from Gadreel's possession is fading each time he is healed by Castiel, they attempt to extract what remains to use to track the angel. However, the extraction proves to be too much for Sam, and in an act of compassion, Castiel heals Sam of his wounds completely, removing the remaining grace in the process.
After Gadreel is attacked by Dean with the First Blade, Castiel and Sam find him in a field outside the Bunker. As Castiel goes to heal him, Gadreel initially refuses due to the toll it would take on Castiel's fading grace, but Castiel goes forward and heals him.
Seeking Crowley's aid in tracking down Metatron, Dean is shown a camera phone video of Metatron, as a homeless man, healing a woman who had been hit by a car. Later at a homeless encampment, Metatron heals a man named George of his diabetes (filling his flask to celebrate as well).
Dean is sitting at a piano in a bar, playing a few notes but his mind is elsewhere. He takes out the First Blade and slices open his left palm. It instantly heals. Later when confronting Cole Trenton in the bar parking lot, his cheek is cut, but like his hand it heals instantly.
After breaking Metatron out of Heaven's jail, Castiel pulls out his angel blade, slices Metatron’s throat open, and takes his grace in a little glass vial. Castiel goes on to heal Metaton's throat wound, before Sam shoots him in the leg.
Charlie Bradbury jokingly asks if Castiel can heal her carpal tunnel. Castiel gladly obliges and heals Charlie's bullet wound as well. He does suggest that Charlie continue wearing her wrist brace at night.
Castiel offers to heal Dean's injuries that he sustained from Castiel while the angel was under the Attack Dog Spell. However, Dean refuses and states that he had it coming, referencing their fight in 10.22 The Prisoner.
Dean is mentioned to be continuing to refuse Castiel's healing of his injuries from the beating he had taken from the angel. After Dean, Sam and the Impala are all left battered by the fight with a Nachzehrer and his pack, Dean and Sam both agree to allow Castiel to heal them when they get back to the Bunker.
After finding Metatron filming the aftermath of a man getting shot, Castiel heals the victim of his gunshot wound before taking Metatron away for questioning.
Castiel reveals to Dean he is suffering from smiting sickness due to proximity to the angel's attack on Amara, and is unable to heal him of it. He tells Dean to get as far away from ground zero as possible.
Reeling from the mass smiting by the combined forces of Heaven, Amara is found by Rowena who goes on to use magic to heal Amara's body back to full strength -- an act which Rowena soon regrets after witnessing the Darkness' power.
When Dean is able to appeal to Amara's love for her brother, she teleports the mortally wounded Chuck to the garden where the two reconcile, with Amara placing her hand on his chest and healing him of his wounds. With Chuck no longer dying, the sun begins to shine brightly in the sky.
At Needham Asylum, Crowley and Rowena attempt to trap Lucifer to send him back to the Cage. With Lucifer unable to move, Crowley throws top-shelf sulfuric acid onto his vessel, in an attempt to damage it to the point Lucifer can no longer occupy it. As Vince Vincente's face begins to burn away, Lucifer is able to power up and heal his vessel of its wounds before Rowena can send him back.
While tracking Lucifer, Castiel and Crowley are directed towards Vince Vincente's sister, Wendy, whom they learn Lucifer promised to Vince he would heal and give her back the use of her legs.
After being banished to the bottom of the ocean in his deteriorating vessel by Rowena, Lucifer is summoned to the basement of a teenager through his fossilized feather. Placing the fossil on his chest, he is engulfed in a bright light and his vessel is healed of all deterioration.
At Ishim's safe house, Castiel remains with Ishim to heal his wound, which weakens him, as Sam and Dean search for Lily. Ishim comments that after Castiel's healing, he feels better than he has in a millennia.
As Castiel is slowly and painfully dying from being stabbed with the Lance of Michael by Ramiel, he is saved by Crowley, who realizes the magic is in the rune work and breaks the lance in two, causing Castiel's blackened wound to heal instantly in a flash of bright light.
Before Dagon can deliver a killing blow to Castiel, the unborn Nephilim child of Kelly Kline transfers his power to Castiel. As it courses through him, all of Castiel's wounds are healed before he incinerates Dagon.
Before leaving with Kelly, Castiel heals Dean's broken arm from his confrontation with Dagon.
When the Winchesters find Castiel and Kelly Kline, Dean's knee injury from using his grenade launcher to escape the Bunker begins to bother him. Seeing this, Castiel heals Dean, causing both his knee injury and the facial lacerations from Dean's fight with Mr. Ketch to disappear, a brief golden glow appearing around the cuts as they vanish.
Luther Shrike explains that two centuries before, he had made a deal with the Crossroads Demon Barthamus to heal Luther's son of a terminal illness. However, Luther's son drowned a few years later anyway and Barthamus' callous attitude about it has lead to Luther's grudge against him.
When Lucifer learns of Sister Jo, he pays a visit and witnesses her healing an old woman, giving her the ability to walk without the need of a walker, and healing a veteran of his terrible facial burns. Seeing her work, Lucifer immediately recognizes Sister Jo as the angel Anael. The two come to an agreement, where Lucifer will siphon off her grace slowly, to allow her to regenerate it between extractions, in exchange for him not killing her.
When Shaggy Rogers breaks his arm falling out a window, Castiel secretly heals the break before he and the Winchesters are sent back to the real world. As a result, Shaggy is left thinking that he was wrong about having broken his arm, causing Castiel to laugh.
When confronted by Asmodeus in the Bunker, Gabriel musters up all his energy, healing himself of all his wounds before killing Asmodeus.
After stealing Jack's grace, Lucifer places his hand on Jack's neck, healing the wound.
Castiel attempts to heal a young woman, Lora, from the hex that has been placed on her which is causing her to rapidly age. However, due to the nature of the magic being too knotted, he is unable to heal her.
In an attempt to heal Jack, Castiel places his hand over Jack and moves down his body, but is unable to heal or understand what is wrong with Jack, who begins coughing up blood during the process.
After realizing Donatello's mind is trying to rebuild itself by trying to organize his memories of the Word of God, Castiel is able to find a fragment of Donatello's consciousness and bring it forward, waking him from his vegetative state. Castiel subsequently tells Dean that while Donatello remains soulless, he is back to normal and is no longer the twisted, corrupted version of himself that Donatello became due to the dark energy resonating within the demon tablet.
In a diner bathroom, Jack begins having terrible coughing fits, which ultimately lead to him coughing up blood. After washing the blood from his hands, Jack uses his soul to heal himself.
After Sam suffers a serious head injury from Nick bashing him in the head with a rock, Jack heals him and saves Sam's life.