Relax with Basil Essential Oil
Basil Oil or Sweet Basil Oil
Basil Oil, also referred to as Sweet Basil Oil, is derived from the beautiful pure-green leaves of a basil plant (though deep purple leaves are common). The popular herb is used both for natural medicine and to add flavor in cooking. Furthermore, it has a strong, fresh herbal scent due to its specific composition.
There are over 150 varieties of basil. This article focuses on basil originating from Vietnam, India, or Egypt. It is also called tropical or exotic basil (Ocimum basilicum). The Latin word for the plant comes from Ancient Greek. Fun fact: Basileus means king.
Using Basil Essential Oil
The essential oil is extracted from the aerial parts of the plant. Known for its soothing qualities, it has powerful anti-spasmodic and antibacterial properties. This herb in homeopathic medicine treats menstrual cramps, bloating and difficult digestion disorders, motion sickness, nausea, bowel pain, and helps reduce general inflammation. The energizing aroma helps calm the nerves to keep stress and anxiety at bay. Additionally, it stimulates the body and mind to promote mental clarity. Sweet basil oil is said to relieve and alleviate aches and pains; however, it is used not only for joint and muscular pain but also liver congestion and viral hepatitis.
Basil oil also has a calming effect which is why it is so often used in aromatherapy. Many combine it with other essential oils to spray in the home to energize and uplift the atmosphere. The aroma from such mixtures also has a positive and stimulating effect on the body and mind. It helps with stress, burn-outs, mental fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and a general decline in memory.
When to avoid using Basil Oil
Pregnant women and children under the age of 7 should not use basil oil. Also, due to its high estragole content levels, long-term use should be avoided.
If the oil is applied directly on the skin it can cause severe reactions and irritations; therefore, it must always be diluted with a vegetable oil such as sunflower oil.
Extreme caution should be exercised in patients with known allergy or hypersensitivity issues, who have problems associated with hormone-dependent cancer, have a weak immune system, a fragile nervous system, or suffer from degenerative diseases.
Vietnam, India, Egypt
- Skin: acne, oily skin, skin infections, cellulite, psoriasis, eczema and wounds.
- Hair: oily hair, psoriasis, eczema, white spots (vitiligo) and pearl effect for white or blonde hair.
- Powerful Anti-spasmodic
- Anti-depressive, sedative
- Cleansing (tightening pores)
- Good for digestion
- Helps with bloating
- Stimulating in low dose
- Digestion problems, constipation, and appetite disorders
- Relieves nervous muscle tension
- Depression and insomnia
- Bladder infections
- Women during the first three months of pregnancy
- Children under 7 years old
- Do not apply undiluted on skin
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