Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an herb that belongs to the mint family. It has a strong, herbal-spicy aroma and has been used since ancient times to strengthen and refresh the mind and heart, soothe the body, help restore mental alertness during times of fatigue and increase resistance against diseases.
When applied topically, as in a massage, basil essential oil can relax tired, aching muscles. It is one of the oils used in Raindrop Technique for that reason.
Basil’s name is derived from “basileum,” the Greek name for king. Back in the 16th century, basil leaves were powdered and inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections. Today, most people inhale the essential oil first, then apply it to the crown of their head.
Basil remains a common household remedy in traditional Asian Indian medicine, it’s soothing on insect bites and may help bronchitis and chest infections. It is considered a powerful antispasmodic, anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and a decongestant.
Basil essential oil draws its flavor and aroma from its primary chemical constituents of linalool, fenchol, methyl chavicol and eugenol, among others. As in all essential oils, basil can have widely different therapeutic actions, depending on its chemistry. For example, basil high in linalool or fenchol is primarily used for its antiseptic properties. Basil high in methyl chavicol is more anti-inflammatory than antiseptic. Basil high in eugenol has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects.
High quality basil essential oil is wonderfully fragrant. It is said that when inhaled, basil essential oil may actually sharpen your sense of smell.
This must be true because a funny thing once happened after I used basil. After gardening all day, I rubbed basil essential oil on my sore shoulders. While standing outdoors and chatting with my neighbor a little later, the neighbor asked if I’d been cooking Italian food, since I smelled like pizza sauce… or maybe a salad full of basil, and it was making him hungry! (The neighbor’s words exactly).
That explains why Italian women used to wear basil to attract possible suitors! The way to many a man’s heart is through his stomach, and basil definitely stimulates thoughts of delicious foods. But I wonder if basil is also an aphrodisiac? Hmmm…
Basil oil is very high in antioxidants and has an approximate ORAC of 540,024 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
How to use:
For stings and bites: Apply to tip of nose, on temples and on the sting location.
For mental fatigue, inhale slowly and deeply first, and then apply to crown of head, forehead, heart and navel.
Basil oil may be added to food or rice milk as a dietary supplement.
Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
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Basil Essential Oil – 15 ml (Item No. 3500)