First Posted March 2015
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)
I love this Charles Dickens quote, and the fact that it is from “Great Expectations” makes it all the more fitting. I think that spring is all about great expectations; it is all about new growth both environmentally and spiritually. In many traditions, this is the start of the New Year, which to me, makes more sense because it is the beginning of the season of growth, not the beginning of winter, which is a quiet, introspective season and the ending of a cycle. In Astrology, the New Year starts at the vernal or spring equinox which is when the moon moves into the zodiac sign of Aries (the ram). The ancient Romans celebrated the Ides of March on March 15th (March is named after the Roman god Mars). The Saxon Goddess Eostre, whose name means east, and is where we get the holiday name Easter, is a dawn goddess, and like the Vernal Equinox is all about the new life and new beginnings.
Being a gardener, spring is an exciting time; bulbs are starting to bloom, and I’m starting to see the new growth of my perennials. (I’m always amazed at these hardy, little plants that come back year after year). Some of my herbs from last year are starting to fill out, and I can’t wait to start adding them to my cooking; salads, sandwiches, and plates of pasta. (Bring on the Pesto sauce).
My favorite herb is also one of my favorite essential oils. Sweet Basil is from the Latin “Basileum” which means royal or king. It is native to tropical Asia and has naturalized and grows wild all around the Mediterranean region of Europe where it thrives in the sunny weather. Basil has long been used in India for Ayurvedic medicine for colds & flues and in the middle ages, was used to treat “melancholy” and depression. While they have identified 5 different chemotypes of Basil essential oil, I like to use the Sweet Basil ct Linalool variety. I find that it has the fresh herbal “Basil” smell that I love and it is an uplifting essential oil.
Due to its fresh herbal scent, Sweet Basil essential oil works well for diffusing & inhalation. (It has a strong scent so use in moderation or it will overpower your blend) Try Sweet Basil essential oil for:
- anxiety & stress.
- brain fog and fatigue.
- nausea, including motion sickness.
- it’s antiseptic properties during cold & flu season. I like to add a few drops of Basil, Lemon & Frankincense essential oil to my diffuser.
- While Sweet Basil has many wonderful properties, it is important to remember that it is a potent essential oil that can irritate sensitive skin. Use a low dilution for topical applications.
- Some essential oils, like Sweet Basil, aren’t appropriate for topical use on young children. When in doubt, use caution and do your research.
- Avoid using Sweet Basil if you have epilepsy or if you are pregnant.
Spring is the perfect time to “manifest” or create what you want to bring into your life. It’s the internal work, that first decision that you make when you want something different. Abundance for me is about the creativity on the journey and come spring I am so ready to get started on something new and inspiring the possibilities…
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.Essential oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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