Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entree dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to sooth minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening anxiety.
Primary Benefits of Basil Essential Oil
- Soothes sore muscles and joints
- Assists in clear breathing
- Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
- Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxiety
Properties of Basil
- Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
- Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
- Anti-depressant: an agent that helps alleviate depression.
- Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
- Anti-inflammatory: an agent that alleviates inflammation.
- Anti-septic: an agent that destroys and prevents the development of microbes.
- Anti-spasmodic: an agent that prevents and eases spasms or convulsions.
- Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
Uses of Basil
- Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading
- Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with coconut oil
- Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints
- Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing
- Diffuse or spray around doors and window seals to deter flies and insects
Recipes Containing Basil
Flavored Water Combinations
Adding one drop of any essential oil is easy and will add zip to your water. But why not go beyond the single oil and try some of these Jazzy Water blends. Use one drop of each oil to 8 to 12 oz. of water.
- Ginger and Lemon
- Orange and Cinnamon
- Lemon and Lavender
- Lemon and Lime
- Orange and Peppermint
- Tangerine and Lime
- Lemon and Basil
Body Systems Primarily Affected by Basil
- Cardiovascular System
- Muscles and Bones
- Nervous System
- Skin and Hair
Notes on Blending
- Classification:Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) and Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend)
- Blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, White Fir, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint and Wintergreen
Main Chemical Component
PubMed.gov - Evaluation of linalool, a natural antimicrobial and insecticidal essential oil from basil
Quality of the Essential Oil
The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.
Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.
- Proper plant varieties
- Grown in their indigenous region
- Grown without chemical pesticides
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Supplier has relations with distillers
- Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
- Third-party testing of each batch
- Stand behind the internal use of oils