Cypress was highly valued as a medicine in ancient civilisations and is still used as incense for purification in Tibet.
Bitter Orange in South America, the extract of bitter orange is a traditional remedy for the treatment of anxiety. Its anxiolytic effects may stem from mild stimulation of B3-adrenoreceptors, which antagonise the sympathetic nervous system overstimulation (Kaats et al., 2013). Bitter orange is also used as a stimulant in herbal medicine (Suryawanshi, 2011). Relief of stress may help lift the mood and stimulants may help reduce fatigue.
Basil was very highly regarded in the past and even regarded as a ‘King among plants’ (Davis, 1990). Like rosemary, it was thought to relieve stress and clear the mind, for instance, some Indian tribes chewed basil leaves for inspiration.
Sweet Marjoram is traditionally used as a stimulant and reportedly ‘prevents blockages in the sympathetic nervous system’ (Fischer-Rizzi, 1990) and balances the parasympathetic nervous system (Price and Price, 2011). It is also commonly used in aromatherapy as a neuro-tonic to relieve negative emotional states such as anxiety and irritability (Herz, 2009). Sweet marjoram was used in ancient Greece as a symbol of happiness; they believed that if given to newlyweds or placed around graves it would grant eternal happiness and peace (Charles, 2013).
WARNING: Do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.