Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) – Is an adaptogen, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiviral, carminative, diuretic expectorant, galactagogue (promotes the flow of mother’s milk), and immunomodulator. “Use of holy basil prevented increased corticosterone levels that indicate elevated stress levels”. (Adaptogens, David Wintson & Steven Maimes, P. 169) Protects the heart from stress and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Holy Basil is an adaptogen, so it helps the body adapt to varying demand and stresses.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) – Is taken by millions the world over to relieve depression and has antibacterial properties, antiviral, pain relieving properties. It is used to treat Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, Insomnia and many other major ailments. “The herb acts as a tonic for the nervous system and can be used for nervous exhaustion, long-term anxiety, and sleep difficulty, as well as depression. It may also be helpful in treating addictions”. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine A. Chevallier, p. 108)
Lavender Flower (Lavendula angustifolia) – Is used for its calming and soothing effects and work as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, digestive aid and to relieve depression, sleeplessness, irritability, headaches and migraine.
Rosemary leaf (Rosemary officinalis) – Rosemary has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, it also is a potent antioxidant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic. “Rosemary is often prescribed for people who are stressed and ‘failing to thrive’. Valued as an herb that raises the spirits, it is useful for mild to moderate depression”. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine A. Chevallier, p. 128)
Damiana leaf (Tumera diffusa) – Works to restore nervous system, and has always been use as an aphrodisiac. “Damiana has been used to stimulate people with depression. It is a natural monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, and so may be beneficial in treating depression… In women, in addition to anecdotal reports of increased sex drive, Damiana helps reduce hot flashes”. (Prescription for Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, p.55)