Robbi Zeck asks us “What do you Need to Give Voice to in your Life?”
Interesting that the two free oils chosen this month (with a 190pv order) are emotionally all about gaining confidence and becoming secure in who you are.
Physically both oils promote blood flow to the brain to help with mental clarity and help reverse mental fatigue and can boost the body’s immune system.
According to Robbi Zeck:
“…Basil brings balance and clarity to the inner emotions as the need to control falls away….”
“…Basil helps the throat and heart centres to open with ease allowing a movement away from fear and insecurity…”
“…Tea Tree builds confidence and a strong sense of integrity that also helps to develop robust immunity and inner containment…” (Zeck, 2008)
So put a drop of Basil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and hold over your nose and breathe in the vapors and feel your head clear. Reflect on where you find security. Then add a drop of tea tree to your palm and repeat the process but this time reflect on being more tolerant and collaborating with others toward a common goal feeling confident that your goal will be reached.
Did you know that in the Middle Ages, Basil was recommended for melancholy and depression? John Gerard , a 16th century herbalist wrote how the smell of basil can take away sorrowfulness and make a man feel better. (Battaglia, 2005)
Salvatore Battaglia writes about how Basil can clear the head, relieve intellectual fatigue and give the mind some clarity.
Mailhebiau recommended Basil as a carminative and sedative for digestive insomnia –“ people who ‘digest’ their worries during the night”. (Battaglia, 2005)
Basil is excellent to use for the respiratory system because of its antispasmodic property and can be helpful for sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, influenza and whooping cough.
If you are feeling indecisive, hysterical, melancholic, or suffer from nervous depression basil can be used to help ease those feelings. Basil can help folks that have a weak immune system; low resistances levels or have a debilitating illness. (Battaglia, 2005)
My Essential Oils Desk Reference talks about how historically basil was used to treat migraines and chest infections. Basil has the following properties listed in my book: Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant. (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2011)
So it looks like Basil would be an excellent essential oil to diffuse in your home.
Did you know that the Australian Aborigines used to crush the leaves of the Melaleuca in their hand and breathe in the vapor to help with colds and headaches? The name “Tea Tree” came from Captain Cook because he used the crushed leaves to brew a tea to help prevent scurvy. (Battaglia, 2005)
Melaleuca is well documented as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. I thought the following was of interest in my book “The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy” by Salvatore Battaglia:
“…An essential oil extracted from a variety of tea tree growing in profusion … analysis showed that it was non-toxic, non-irritating and eleven to thirteen times stronger than carbolic as a germicide.
Dirty wounds, such as the result of street accidents, may be washed or syringed out with a 10% watery lotion, the solvent properties will loosen and bring away the dirt which is usually ground in, and the tissues will remain fresh and retain their natural colour. Dressings dipped in a 2.5% solution may then be applied, changed ever twenty four hours and healing will readily take place.
The pus solvent properties led me to try the lotion for perionychia (infection that develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail) which is usually so disheartening and so frequently results in the loss of the nail or deformity. Here the results were excellent. Infections which resisted treatment of various kinds for months, were cured in less than a week. The fingers were dressed with lint soaked in 10% solution and changed very twenty four hours.
Twenty drops in a tumbler of warm water used as a garble quickly clear up a sore throat in the early stages; it should be an excellent prophylactic (protecting from disease or infection) for many infective conditions which gain entrance to the body through the naso-pharynx…” (Battaglia, 2005)
Melaleuca alternafolia has also been used to help with vaginitis, thrush, acne, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough, athlete’s foot, cold sores, herpes, insect bites, warts and so much more. (Battaglia, 2005)
My Essential Oils Desk Reference talks about how Melaleuca alternifolia has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory activities. It has been used for fungal infections (Candida, ringworm), sinus and lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention/hypertension and skin conditions (acne, sores). (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2011)
Schnaubelt tells us we can use 1 to 3 drops of Melaleuca in a glass of water to help with cystitis (urinary tract infection, also called a UTI or bladder infection) in his book “The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils”. He says you can make a blend of 20 parts Melaleuca with 1 part Mountain Savory and drink repeatedly during the day (add 3drops of your blend to a glass of water) even every 20 minutes during the acute phase. (Schnaubelt, 2011)
Melaleuca is one essential oil that everyone should keep on hand because it can eradicate pathogens and help to prevent infections from reoccurring. (Mojay, 1997)
Battaglia, S. (2005). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Brisbane, Australia: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.
Essential Oils Desk Reference. (2011). US: Life Science Publishing.
Mojay, G. (1997). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester: Healing Arts Press.
Schnaubelt, K. (2011). The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. Rochester: Healing Arts Press.
Zeck, R. (2008). The Blossoming Heart. Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours.