In part two of my series on the Lamiaceae family, I would like to explore five more essential oils in this group.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
This oil needs to be used with caution as it is neurotoxic. It is best used by a trained therapist. Hyssop is said to be anti-inflammatory. It can be helpful for asthma, cystitis and a sore throat. It can also assist with relieving the aggravation caused by scratching eczema.
It has no known contra-indications, but there are many other oils that could be used instead if you are not trained in aromatherapy.
Lavendin (Lavendula hybrida)
Lavendin has a camphor content of about 20%. This makes it very good for assisting with respiratory complaints such as bronchitis and laryngitis. It can also be helpful for muscular and circulatory problems. Lavendin can be very helpful in assisting with relieving symptoms from insect bites and stings. Due to the high camphor content though, it should be avoided in cases of epilepsy and pregnancy.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Melissa is very hard to find and due to this is quite expensive. Some people get confused because some companies sell a product called melissa, but it isn’t true melissa. It is generally a blend of oils such as lemongrass and citronella.
True Melissa is recognized as one of the best essential oils available for sickness during pregnancy. It could be helpful for calming hysteria, indigestion, nausea and settling upset stomachs. It has been found to be very antiviral and assists well against viruses such as flu, herpes, smallpox and mumps.
It does have a high aldehyde content, which can cause skin irritation.
Marjoram – Sweet (Origanum marjorana)
Sweet marjoram can be very helpful to assist with insomnia, especially with high blood pressure. It is a good oil for warming and comforting the heart, so might be useful in cases of grief or loneliness. As it is a warming oil, it can be used for muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, strains and sprains.
Sweet marjoram might also be helpful for digestive complaints such as colic, flatulence, constipation and spasmodic indigestion.
It has anti-spasmodic and emmenagogue properties which are good for painful and scanty periods. It can also be used in a hot compress over the abdomen to help relieve period cramps.
It should not be used during pregnancy.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil can be used to assist with most circulation and heart problems, including arteriosclerosis, hypotension, irregular heart beat and varicose veins. It can also be helpful for uterus congestion, painful periods and fever.
Basil is a very good oil for assisting with the respiratory system. It could be helpful for sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and flu.
Digestive complaints such as vomiting, nausea, hiccups, dyspepsia and gastric spasms can be assisted.
Basil is excellent for helping with mental fatigue, clearing the head, and for nervous disorders.
Basil should be avoided during pregnancy.
It is important to note that several of the above essential oils are to be avoided during pregnancy. There are many essential oils that are safe and gentle to use so it can be easier to use them. Please consult with a qualified aromatherapist if you have any questions, and do not forego your medical professional’s advice.