Basil Essential Oil was used historically for respiratory, digestive troubles, fevers and snake bites. People inhaled the powdered leaves for migraines and chest infections in the 16th century.
And wore it on their clothing to attract the perfect mate! Wow, maybe I should try that!
Today, did you know that Basil is best known for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties?
Yes, have a muscle spasm or a charley horse? Reach for basil essential oil - it is a natural muscle relaxer that can also tone your muscles with frequent use.
I like to use it for cooking, of course, and for tired muscles or mind. It is also one of the oils I use during Raindrop Technique where it is applied NEAT (undiluted) to the spine.
This section is a fun and easy reference guide for Basil essential oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for Basil essential oil they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
What is the Genus Species? Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol
Why is this information important? There are seven different chemotypes of basil and over 40 varieties of basil. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting basil essential oils!
A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.
This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.
Where is the name derived from? The Greeks referred to basil as "King of Plants"! From this reasoning, basil comes from a Greek word "basileum" meaning "king".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers
What is the ORAC Value? 54,000 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Basil is contained in Hildegard’s Medicine Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. Wow!
What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, decongestant (prostate, lungs, veins), stimulant (digestive, liver, adrenal cortex and nerves).
What are the Documented Basil Benefits and Uses? Migraines, insect bites, throat/lung infections, mental fatigue, menstrual periods (scanty), hair (dandruff), aches and pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, bronchitis, insect repellant (housefly and mosquito) and bites.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and can help one be clear in mind.
Use it to re-energize yourself about a project especially when there is doubt or distrust involved. In this case, it can be particularly uplifting! It has a strong herbaceous scent.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Basil oil introduces us to our inner self.
When we receive clarity about who we are, we are able to make better choices about what we want to create in our lives. That stagnant energy becomes transformed into excitement and enthusiasm to follow and accept responsibilities for our own desires.
What Chakra is Affected? The root, sacral and soar plexus chakras are opened yielding to more energy and strength.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use very diluted and with caution. I choose to use it in a specialty blend, rather than use it alone. The blends I use with basil are generally for anxiety and focus.
One of my favorite professionally blended oils for focus is Clarity Essential Oil. Great for horses and the riders!
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Basil essential oil has no known contraindications. It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) and allowed as a Food Additive (FA) for internal consumption by the FDA.
However, those with epilepsy should avoid using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. Children under 6 years old should not use basil as a dietary supplement.
May be an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes, therefore dilution may be necessary.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Italian men would present women with basil sprigs to tell them of their romantic interest?
And Italian women would place basil stems on their clothes to attract possible suitors!
Did you know that the Hindus used it to protect the dead and believed it helped them pass to the other side?
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