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