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The health benefits of basil essential oil include its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, and diabetes. Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.

The leaves and seeds of the basil plant are the important medicinal parts of this herb, which is regularly used in cuisines and recipes all over the world. Basil essential oil is popular in Europe, Central Asia, India and Southeast Asia. The oil is extensively used for culinary purposes in the Mediterranean region and still forms the active ingredient of many Italian recipes such as pesto. It is also used when making pasta and salads.

Basil was widely used in ancient times in place like India for various medicinal purposes (Ayurvedic medicine). The herb was used to treat diarrhea, cough, mucous discharges, constipation, indigestion, and certain skin diseases.

While preliminary research suggests that basil essential oil may offer certain health benefits, there is currently a lack of research testing the health effects of aromatherapeutic use of geranium essential oil. For example, several laboratory studies published in the past decade indicate that basil essential oil may possess anti-cancer, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.


How to Use Basil Essential Oil

When combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), basil essential oil can be applied directly to the skin or added to baths.

Basil essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or through use of an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

Uses:

In alternative medicine, basil essential oil is typically used for the following health problems:

acne
anxiety
bronchitis
colds
coughs
depression
fatigue
gout
indigestion
sinusitis

A study published in the journal Biomedica suggests that basil essential oil may aid in the treatment of acne.

Cosmetic Applications: Basil essential oil is used topically and massaged into the skin. It enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. As a result, it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also commonly used to treat the symptoms of acne and other skin infections.

Digestion: Basil essential oil is also used as a digestive tonic. Since basil oil has carminative properties, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It also has colic qualities and is therefore used to alleviate bowel pain.

Illness: Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from colds, influenza and associated fevers. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is frequently used to treat symptoms of whooping cough.

Respiratory: Along with its function in relieving coughs, it can also be used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

Infections: Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, and bladder infections due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections that attack the body and can enter the body through other wounds.

Stress Disorders: Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect when smelled or consumed, so it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Due to the calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy.  Regularly using this essential oil provides mental strength and clarity.

Blood Circulation: Basil essential oil improves blood circulation and helps to increase and optimized various metabolic functions of the body.

Pain Relief: Basil essential oil is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil is often used in the treatment of arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, sprains, and headaches. 

Also provides support for the nervous system. Place on topically on areas of tense muscles.

Eye Health: It is ophthalmic and can quickly relieve bloodshot eyes.

Vomiting and Nausea: Basil essential oil can be used to prevent vomiting, particularly when the source of the nausea is motion sickness, but also from many other causes.

Itching: Basil essential oil is also a good treatment for itching from bites and stings from honey bees, insects and even snakes.

Word of Caution

Basil essential oil and basil in any other form should be avoided by pregnant, breastfeeding, or nursing women. On the other hand, some people suggest that it increases milk flow, but more research needs to be done.

 

Fun Facts:

What is the Origin of the Plant Name? The Greeks referred to basil as "King of Plants"! From this reasoning, basil comes from a Greek word "basileum" meaning "king".

Basil essential oil blends well with bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, geranium, lime, lemon, hyssop, juniper, eucalyptus, neroli, marjoram, rosemary, melissa and lavender.

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Basil is contained in Hildegard’s Physica Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented her work.

What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic, relaxant, tonic, and restorative.

What are the Documented Basil Benefits and Uses? Mental alertness and fatigue, flaky scalp, occasional minor aches and pains, occasional sleeplessness, mental stress, supportive of respiratory system and; insect stings and bites. Raindrop Technique.

 

Basil essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional. Internal use of basil essential oil may have toxic effects.

In addition, some individuals may experience irritation when applying sandalwood essential oil to the skin. A skin patch test should be done before using any new essential oil. 

 

Blending

Basil essential oil blends well with bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, geranium, lime, lemon, hyssop, juniper, eucalyptus, neroli, marjoram, rosemary, melissa and lavender.

 

Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

The Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

 

 

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