*Best Basil Essential Oil
Basil Essential Oil is an anti-spasmodic
Basil, sometimes called 'sweet basil' or 'holy basil,' is an aromatic herb with yellow-green leaves and tiny white flowers, yielding a watery, pale yellow essential oil. It has a sweet, light mint aroma with hints of licorice or anise, giving it a spicy, fruity, balsamic fragrance. Oil of basil is similar to oil of rosemary, but gentler and subtler. It's a mild stimulant that awakens the senses and restores stamina. In India, basil is a sacred herb grown as a house plant to protect the dwelling and the spirit of its inhabitants.
Basil is an anti-spasmodic, useful for muscle and digestive spasms when added to massage oil. This is an excellent remedy for menstrual cramps and tension, as well as chest congestion. Basil is also used to counter physical exhaustion, especially from long-term, debilitating illness. This is a good, overall 'pick-me-up' tonic when energy reserves are depleted.
Mental fatigue is greatly alleviated by basil oil, which aids quick thinking and decision making. This is a gentle, all-around mental stimulant useful in countering depression and lethargy, as well as 'psychic exhaustion' or ennui. It's also an aid for clearing the mind prior to meditation.
Basil should be avoided throughout pregnancy, on hyper-sensitive skin and children under the age of 16. Use basil sparingly - no more than 2% (6 drops to 1/2 oz) of carrier oil or lotion; avoid prolonged use and refrain from applying neat (undiluted) on skin.
Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil
Basil’s use in traditional medicine spans hundreds of years, with a foundation in digestive and respiratory support. 16th century applications include snakebite treatments, respiratory tract inhalants, and migraine relief.
The oil possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and decongestant properties, with an aroma that is said to alleviate fatigue and stress, while stimulating concentration. Basil can be blended or used purely with a carrier oil. Below are five pure supportive applications (all are suggested to be diluted in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil, unless directed otherwise).
BronchitisRelieve the symptoms of bronchitis by diluting basil accordingly with your chosen carrier oil and applying topically to the chest, back, and throat. Or use the steam method – steam two drops of the oil in a pan of boiling water. Remove the boiling water from the stove and, after pouring into a separate bowl, put a towel over your head and the bowl. Inhale deeply.
Chronic FatigueFor those who feel low energy or chronic fatigue, run a hot bath and disperse three drops of basil in the bathwater. Soak for twenty minutes, inhaling deeply. You can also diffuse the oil or apply topically, diluted, to the reflex points of the feet.
Insect Bites/StingsTo soothe minor irritations such as insect bites or stings, dilute the basil in a 1:3 ratio when applying to insect bites or stings. Up to three times a day, lather the application on the affected spots in order to relieve irritation, inflammation, and infection.
Menstrual CrampsBasil helps ease pain. You can alleviate menstrual cramps through a diluted topical application. Simply massage into the affected area – the lower back and abdomen – as well as into the soles of the feet.
WoundsProtect against infection and speed the process of wound healing by creating a basil spray. Simply add 3-4 drops of oil to a spray bottle of distilled water and douse the wound. You can also dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically, if the wound is less sensitive.
Uses of Basil Essential Oil
Do you have trouble concentrating? Are you easily distracted?
Try using basil essential oil to help sharpen focus. Often used in cooking, basil offers several health benefits whether taken internally or applied aromatically or topically. The oil possesses natural cooling properties when it comes to the skin helping relieve minor skin irritations.
In fact, when applied to the temples and/or the back of the neck, basil can ease tension or stress. The oil supports memory function and enhances alertness, making it perfect for brainwork. Not only does it strengthen the mind and skin, but it also alleviates sore muscles and joints and fortifies healthy and clear breathing.
The oil’s strength, along with its versatility, makes it one powerful agent to have on hand when cramming for a test or burning the midnight oil (pun intended).
To stimulate memory function and sharpen concentration, add 3-4 drops basil to your diffuser.
You can also use basil to scare those bugs away by diffusing the oil throughout the affected area or creating your own bug spray. Lastly, you can apply basil topically to support skin health or relieve sore muscles and joints. Simply rub 1-2 drops softly over the affected area.
General Methods of Application
Apply NEAT. Aromatically. Internally. Topically.