Basil essential oil is extracted from steam distillation from its leaves and flowering tops. The oil has a yellow-green color and the plant originates in the Pacific Islands and tropical Asia. It is now largely grown and cultivated in Europe and in the USA. In India the herb is considered sacred and is often chewed before religious ceremonies. The color of the flowers on basil range from pink to white.
Basil is regarded as a great stress relief essential oil and may help reduce the symptoms of headaches, migraines, stress, anxiety, and stress related allergies. In some cases it may reduce symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. Because of the chemical properties it may also help reduce symptoms of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramping, and is also good when used for menstrual problems. It has been reported by some that the aroma has uplifting properties in cases of depression.
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Aroma Description: Herbaceous, licorice-like
Properties: analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.
Uses: Can be used topically, internally, and aromatically.
There are many uses for basil oil. It can help with respiratory support helping expand the chest, along with help with sinus congestion. It can also help with muscle aches and pain. I personally mix this with coconut oil, and apply right to my skin. On occasion, I will also add the basil to bath water. It really helps to relax my muscles and calm my nerves. – Danny B.
Basil is full of great benefits. For me it helps sooth sore muscles/joints, it clears breathing, reduces stress, and lesses anxious feelings. – Jyl B.
Basil is one of those essential oils that have many great benefits, which include but are not limited to: Addictions to Drugs (withdrawals, etc.,), Bladder Infections, Bronchitis, Bug Bites and Stings, Carpal Tunnel, Cellulite, Chronic Fatigue, Aching Muscles and Joints, Detoxification, Headaches, Mirgraine, Muscle Spasms and Stiffness, Oily Hair, Ovarian Cysts, and many, many more that I have yet to discover. Melissa M.
I love the way this makes the room smell when used in my diffuser. Basil can be used for stress relief, during cold and flu season and as a household disinfectant. It can be used on bee stings and migraine headaches. Its great for earaches too! I always keep it with my essential oils. It is so useful for so many things! – Lacee D.