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The Healing Power of Basil: Depression and More

The Healing Power of Basil: Depression and More

Even though the sun is shining brightly, we can still suffer occasional bouts of depression. But this essential oil, derived from a well-known cooking herb, will really help! Not only can it lift our mood, it also relieves stress and headaches, and is reputed to improve concentration. In fact, its powers are so great, the Hindus believed it was a passport to heaven and its very name means “king.”

Find out how to use the essential oil of basil to experience relief from some of life’s ills:

For relief of depression, anxiety and stress: Use 2 or 3 drops in a diffuser. You could also add 2 or 3 drops to one ounce of carrier oil and use as a body massage oil.

To improve concentration: Put 2 or 3 drops in a diffuser.

For headaches: Put 2 or 3 drops on a hot or cold compress (depending on your preference).

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By Cait Johnson, inspired by Aromatherapy for Everyone, by P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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12:20PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Thanks for the info

8:26PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thanks for the article

8:43AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

I wonder if there is a GOOD book listing this and other herb remedies.

9:21AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Love Basil

1:27AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Basil is such a great adaptogen.

11:20PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thank you.

10:14AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

great info

5:56AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thanks great information

4:17AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing *_*

Going for a walk by the beach and breathing in the fresh ocean air, also takes depressions and headaches away. Just let the wind blow through your hair. It feels really good *_*

3:49PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

wow

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