Herb of the Week: Sweet Basil

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Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, focusing.  Fresh or dried Basil can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.

Quick Tip: Boil a pot of water and drop in fresh or dried basil leaves (or a couple drops of the essential oil). Turn down so that water may not splash up, but cover your head with a towel and breathe in the aromatic steam to clear sinuses or a pick-me-up for those days you just can’t wake up.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

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