Basil Essential Oil

Ocimum basilicum (basil) is native to Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Diffuse or dilute with a carrier oil.

Known Uses

Basil oil is used to treat nausea, motion sickness and indigestion. It aids in digestion treating flatulence, indigestion, and constipation. It is effective in relieving fevers, whooping cough, colds, asthma, bronchitis, and sinis infections. Its antibacterial properties treat a variety of infections including cuts, wounds, and even bladder infections. The use of basil oil strengthens emotional and mental clarity, helping to relieve depression, migraines, and mental fatigue. As an analgesic, basil oil relieves itching from bug bites (especially bee and wasp stings) as well as pain from bruises, burns, sprains, and arthritis.

History

Basil has many helpful properties apart from the common use in many Italian foods. It is known as St. Joseph's Wort, the king of herbs, and the royal herb. It's name is derived from the Greek basilikon meaning royal or kingly plant. It has been cultivated in India for over 5,000 years and is sacred to the Hindu faith. Ancient Greeks were also familiar with the plant. Today it is popular in Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean region.

Warning

Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding or on children under 16 years old. Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. May irritate sensitive skin.

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