Considered one of the sacred herbs of India, and according to Ayurvedic medicine, Basil opens the heart and mind, bestowing the energy of love and devotion. It is said to strengthen faith, compassion and clarity.
Mind and Spirit: Used as an inhalation in a vaporiser, it is reputed to clear the head, relieve intellectual fatigue (good for studying for exams), and give the mind strength and clarity.
Body: Basil's antispasmodic property has a beneficial action on the respiratory system and can be used for the relief of sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, influenza and whooping cough.
A fresh, dry-woody, warm and spicy scent. A very old and highly revered spice, used in India for over 4000 years, mainly for urinary and liver disorders. The Greeks used it extensively for combating fever.
Mind and Spirit: Stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.
Body: Black Pepper's rubifacient and analgesic properties make it useful for muscular aches and pains, tired and aching limbs and muscle stiffness. Also useful as a massage oil for arthritic aches and pains. Black Pepper may be added to a massage oil to treat severe bruising.
Honey Myrtle Oil is a unique, Western Australian essential oil with a beautiful, light citral scent. The oil is harvested and steam distilled from Melaleuca teretifolia (citral chemotype), a small shrub which grows to approximately 5 metres. The oil has the highest known citral content (neral and geranial) of all Melaleucas.
This oil, just distilled in 2017 but only limited stocks available due to the South West fires. Lemon myrtle (Eastern States) would be the closest substitute.
Citral is widely used in the perfume industry. Citral oils (part of the Functional Group of Aldehydes) are recognised are recognised as being anti-infectious (anti-bacterial), as well as calming when inhaled.
When used in a burner, Honey Myrtle Oil is excellent for clearing the head, helping quieten mental chatter and calming the mind. A word of caution – dermal use of aldehyde rich oils should be used with care and are best diluted.
Melaleuca teretifolia (Western Australia)
Sweet, fresh and sparkling citrus character with a slight herbaceous twist .
Typically contains citral 65 - 72% (neral and geranial), myrcene (9-11%), geraniol 1.9 – 4.0%, (E)-isocitral up to 2.5%, limonene (0.5–2.0%), alpha pinene (0.5–1.5%) and linalool (0.5%)