Take as tablets/capsules: Meadowsweet, Motherwort, White Willow, Skullcap, Feverfew, Valerian
Take as tincture: Meadowsweet, Motherwort, White Willow, Skullcap, Feverfew, Valerian
Rub on: 2 drops on the temple for lavender,
Basil essential oil (ocimum basilicum) is so perfect for treating head aches, also! Make sure if you’re going to use any basil oil, you use this one, the latin name I specified. “Essential Aromatherapy" by Susan Worwood & Valerie Ann Worwood is great book that I have offering the uses of basil oil.
Apply the oil by mixing it with a carrier oil (of any other vegetable oil type)— one drop basil to every 1 oz. of carrier oil. Take finger and rub on temples and forehead. I like to apply the residue (left overs) just under my eyes, where there’re a lot of blood vessels so it can get in my bloodstream quicker. Do not get in eyes!
- Color- Pale yellow
- Viscosity- Watery
- Aroma- Warm, rich, fiery, sharp, peppery, aniseed-like
Countries of Origin- Egypt, Comore Islands (Madagascar), France, USA, Italy, Spain, Vietnam
Description- Annual herb growing up to three feet high. The flowers are whitish to pinkish, depending species
Part Used- Leaves and flowering tops
Extraction Method- Steam distillation
Most Valuable Uses- Weak nervous conditions, general stimulant, mental fatigue, headaches, tension, stress, muscular spams, concentration, physical and mental sluggishness
Therapeutic Properties- Restorative, general stimulant, anti-spasmodic, emmenagogic, stomachic, digestive tonic, intestinal antiseptic, carminative, anti-infectious, antibiotic
Main Chemical Components- Phenol Methylchavicol, Linalol, Euginol, Cineole, Pinene, Camphor
Blends Well With- Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile roman, clary sage, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus (all), fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, orange, oregano, palmarosa, pine, rosemary, sage, tea tree, thyme linalol
Interesting Facts- Derived from the Greek word for “king,” basileus. In Ayurvedic medicine is called tulsi. Considered a holy herb in India, sacred to Krishna and Vishnu. Became the protective plant of the house, and spirit of the family. It is said that ever good Hindu placed a basil leaf on his/her chest when resting. Also associated with scorpions — Perhaps because the oil can prickle when in direct contact with the skin.
Contraindications- Not to be used during pregnancy. Can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Should not be used on children under 16 years of age. Not to be used in baths.