Basil Oils ~ Essential Oil Properties

Basil essential oil, Ocimum basilicum, acts as a nerve tonic and helps with fatigue, depression, increases alertness, aids in concentration, relieves headaches, head congestion, migraines and muscular aches and pains.

The essential oil of Basil helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reduces menstrual cramps, and can help with engorged breasts. Basil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic and is useful as an insect repellent. Basil oil blends nicely with rosemary and citrus oils.

Do not use if you are pregnant or have a seizure disorder. Use sparingly on the skin because it can cause irritation.

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicumPicture of Basil

Botanical Family: Labiatae

Origin: India, Egypt, France, USA, Italy, Spain, Vietnam

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves of the herb and the flowering tops

Perfume Note: Top note

Aroma: Sweet, spicy aroma with balsamic undertone

Yield: 0.1-0.2%

Viscosity: Watery

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Fennel, Ginger, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon Marjoram, Neroli and Verbena.

Most Valuable Uses: Weak nervous conditions, mental fatigue, headaches, tension, stress, muscular spasm, concentration, physical and mental sluggishness.Basil Leaves

Health Benefits: Skin care, indigestion, respiratory problems, infections, stress disorder, blood circulation, pain relief, vomiting.

Properties: Has been traditionally used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive and expectorant

Cautions: Not to be used during pregnancy but otherwise, relatively non-toxic, non-irritant with some possible sensitization in some individuals. Can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Should not be used on children under 16 years of age. Not to be used in baths.

Consistency: Watery viscosity and is pale greenish-yellow in color

Shelf Life: Use within 2 years of harvest

Suggested Uses: Apply to the tip of the nose, to the temples, and to stings and bites. For mental fatigue, inhale first, then apply to the crown of the head, forehead, heart, and navel. May be added to food or water as a dietary supplement.

Description: Annual herb growing up to three feet high, the flowers are white-ish to pink-ish, depending upon species.

Interesting Facts: Derived from the Greek word for “king,” Basileus. In Ayurvedic medicine it is called tulsi. Considered a holy herb in India, sacred to Krishna and Vishnu. Became the protective plant of the house and spirit of the family. It is said that every good Hindu places basil leaf on his/her chest when resting. Also associated with scorpions—perhaps because the oil can prickle when in direct contact with the skin.

Note and Disclaimer: The information and opinions provided herein are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any products.

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