I recently took an online course from herbalist, Asia Suler, called Herbs for the Heartgate. (It is lovely, she discusses potent ways to drop into our heart space from our head and how to navigate our relationships from this new space of awareness.) Listening to her audio course was one of those experiences that made me trust. Since I've had my baby, Sawyer, I have been reaching for herbs that will be fortifying to my heart. In the course she discusses several different plants to bring about support to the heart, both energetically and physically. As she went on to discuss specific herbs, I began to smile because I was already incorporating each one into my daily life. I laughed out loud when she got to the last herb, Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), as I've been on a bit of a Tulsi kick lately.
When I first began studying herbalism, my life became abundant with possibilities and I wanted to learn from as many herbs as possible, all at once. Now, I am really dialing it back to work with one herb at a time in a multitude of different ways. Hence this Tulsi salve. Tulsi's scent alone is enough to stir my heart.
Tulsi is considered sacred in India so I envision this salve to be really beautiful to apply on the wrists or behind the ears before a yoga practice, before bed or maybe when you're meeting up with a friend or connecting with a loved one. "The daily use of this herb is believed to help maintain the balance of chakras, and to bring out the goodness, virtue, and joy in humans." -Rosemary Gladstar.
Tulsi Soft Salve:
This recipe fills several 2 oz containers.
In a double boiler, melt beeswax. Once beeswax has melted, add in your Tulsi infused oil. Take this off of the heat and add in the Rosemary extract along with your essential oils. Transfer to a Pyrex cup and pour into your clean, dry containers.