“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.” – From “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)
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. (The ancient Romans celebrated the Ides of March on March 15th (March is named after the Roman god Mars).
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 an uplifting, fresh herbal scent. Read More