Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil Essential Oil has a strong, spicy aroma that is invigorating to both body and spirit. Used topically, it can help refresh the mind and restore mental alertness during times of fatigue. In massage, it can be relaxing to aching muscles.* It may also stimulate and sharpen the sense of smell and give relief from migraines and painful menstrual periods.*
Basil is also known as Albahaca, St. Joseph's Wort, and Sweet Basil. It is a tender low-growing annual herb, originally native to tropical Asia. It grows to between twenty and sixty centimeters tall, with opposite, light green, silky leaves one and a half to five centimeters long and one to three centimeters broad. It tastes somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, sweet smell.
Most essential oils work best when blended with each other. The right combination will enhance the effects and power of the essential oils.
Body Systems Affected : Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones
Uses : Basil essential oil may be beneficial for Migraines, tinnitus, mental fatigue and menstrual problems. Other suggested applications include aches and pains, anxiety, bronchitis, chronic colds, earaches, mental fatigue, insomnia and intestinal problems. It is also very effective for insect bites, snake bites, wasp stings and whooping cough.
Historical Uses: Basil Essential Oil has been used for respiratory problems, digestive problems, kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect bites, snake bites, fever, epidemics and malaria.
Properties : Anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, stomach and intestinal antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, decongestant for veins, arteries of the lungs and prostate. Basil oil is also known as a nerve and adrenal cortex stimulant.
Aromatherapy Effects : Basil essential oil helps one to keep an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Scent: Herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, lively
How to use : Diffuse. Apply to tip of nose, on temples and on location of stings and bites. For mental fatigue, inhale first, and then apply to crown of head, forehead, heart and navel.
Dietary Supplement Uses : When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk or 1 drop in a tsp. of honey. Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Not for use for people with epilepsy. Possible skin sensitivity, test a small area first. If under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
Suggested Blending Oils : Bergamot, cypress, balsam fir, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemongarss, marjoram, peppermint, spruce and wintergreen.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.