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holy basil and the mint family

Those of us who are excitable by nature, like a chick waiting to be hatched, would respond well to herbs in the Mint, or Lamiaceae family. Those who are passionate, overwhelmed easily, or shocked, will equally have a good relationship with a mint family. Likewise, those who crave calm, peace, and motion, that elicits the opposite reaction to excitation, would do well.

Mints have a characteristic square stem.

Any of these culinary herbs are a mint: lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, and the other known herb for animals and humans: catnip.

Lemonbalm, a favorite of mine, Melissa officinalis works its magic and calmness when there is nervous irritation, nervous stomach, gallstones, sleeping troubles, muscles spasms (musculoskeletal, uterine, and bladder), gas, and nausea. It depresses the sympathetic nervous system, thereby allowing the parasympathetic to come to fruit.

Holy basil or Tulsi, is a beautiful herb that is used in India to prepare for spiritual meditation. It is known for its anti-vital and anti-stress effects, and topically can be applied to insect bites or wounds. Considered a more peaceful herb.

Catnip, while it excites a cat, will actually calm or put to sleep an over-excitable child, to set dreams in motion…

Spearmint, a fantastic tasting herb, helps with abnormal hair growth (hirsutism) and digestive troubles.

Have a look at some of these mints – they can be either drunk warm or iced, sweetened with a little honey; of course 😉

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