Dear Basil, Help! Love, Loo

*Remedy Experiment

Couple days ago I had a big ol’ whopper of a zit, right on the tip of my nose and a number of social engagements that required peak cleanliness.  What’s a girl to do?  Unfortunately I’ve been in this situation more than once.  It seems that if my face wants to break out, it saves it all up for that one, really noticeable spot.  When I was in Singapore I was very interested in bringing home herbal medicines made in Asia.  I picked up something called “Pimple Cure”.  Made in India, this product contains two ingredients: Basil Oil and Cream Base.  (The tube does not have the Latin name listed)  I had heard of using Basil for skin conditions so I thought this product had credibility.  I usually use something drying on my face because of its tendency to be oily, but this time I was willing to apply cream, maybe out of desperation?  I didn’t even meditate.  I just rubbed it in and hoped for the best.  AND – in TWO DAYS it was gone – like it never happened.

You know what this means?  It’s Basil Time.

I will work with the Basil cream as if it were Garden Basil, Ocimum basilicum, because I have also been using Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, when I am stressed.  Then I can cover both species in the Materia Medica under the general term “Basil”.  I tried Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, in capsule form on a whim one day when I thought the Earth was crumbling around me.  I felt so good afterwards that I continue to ask Tulsi for help (and a high dose of B vitamins).  This was about 3 months ago.  Now I use the tea from Organic India because I have so many samples of it.  It’s not quite as effective because the dosage is much less in comparison to the capsule.  But tea is so soothing, and I am calmed just by holding the hot cup in my hand.  A friend recently told me it can bring you in either direction.  Pump you up if you’re low energy; calm you down if you’re revved up.

*Reflection

Isn’t it neat that in both cases with Basil I chose to use it with a quick decision?

“What the heck, I’ll try it!  As long as it makes ________ go away!”

Is this Basil’s relationship with me or is it universal?  Fast acting, the idea springs out of nowhere – and I go for it! – like there’s hope in the sweet smell.  And then it works…the best sort of ending.  What if Basil gave me “Get Out of Jail Free” cards and then I get used to it, or something of the sorts?

*Continuing the Experiment

-Development of Basil’s Materia Medica by reviewing what other Herbalists have to say, meditation and reviewing the growing habits/habitats I’ve seen.

- Use Pimple Cure from India on any type of zit/pimple (is this a bad idea?) and see how effective it is.

- Applications of Tulsi in various forms for stress.

I will report back with my findings in two weeks, as any good herbal patient would.

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