There are more than 35 varieties of Basil, the most popular related to a healing perspective is holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum L). In India holy basil is revered and is called tulsi.
Origins of Basil
Basil, (Ocimum Basilicum) is also known as great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort (not to be confused with Saint-John’s Wort). Traditionally it is generally found in central Africa or southern Asia as it is very sensitive to cold conditions and does not grow particularly well in climates that have a range of temperatures. However, today it can be grown in other countries, but it has to be kept in warm conditions to get the best from it.
Popular Uses of Basil
It is used in food and recipes all over the world, and of course is the main ingredient in pesto. There are a few different genres of the ingredient and pone of the most popular is lemon basil, which tastes very different to traditional basil.
The ingredient is also commonly used in ayurvedic herbal treatments as well as ointments, lotions, tinctures and balms.
Next, it is often combined with other essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, either in a diffuser or oil burner or added to a carrier oil for beneficial massage.
Leaves are often chewed prior to religious ceremonies.
Health Benefits of Basil
It is an excellent insect deterrent! Whether that is on the skin or in a diffuser or oil burner nearby. There are other wonderful health benefits associated with Basil essential oil. These include:
- It can help reduce or relieve stress as research suggests it stimulates hormones to increase happiness
- Boosts the immune system
- Mixed with other essential oils it can be made into a soothing balm that will penetrate through to aching muscles
- Can help with menstrual cramps
- Pain relief
- Research suggests it can help with fight cancer
- Basil is an anti-inflammatory
- Excellent deep skin cleanser
- Basil is a great de-tox agent
- Helps digestion and can settle an upset stomach
- Insect repellant
- Tonic for nervous disorders
- Arthritis sufferers get relief with basil as do people who suffer with gout
A Look at Basil Essential Oils
Basil essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers and leaves. This oil is considered to be unsuitable for those who are pregnant and children under the age of 16 years. It can also be an irritant, so it is best avoided if you have a sensitive skin, otherwise you may find yourself with a rash.
There are a huge range of great benefits associated with basil, more than are listed here, in whatever form you use it.
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