Basil Essential Oils
Distilled from the leaves of the basil plant, this essential oil has an aroma that is described as fresh, sweet, and strong with a light consistency. Though the essential oil is used in many applications, the scent of and uses for true basil are commonly associated with cooking. Basil, itself, is an excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A. Basil essential oil blends well with sandalwood, clary sage, lime, lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, lemon, and more.
Overall Benefits of Basil Essential Oils
- Effectively used as a mood up-lifter
- Before bedtime, ease tension and promote relaxation
- For spiritual meditation, clear the mind
- Useful in massage therapy to ease tension in the neck and head
- Help clear skin infections and acne symptoms as well as improving skin tone
- Can restore luster to hair
- Fight against bowel pain, flatulence, stomach cramps, constipation, and indigestion
- Offer relief from fever, influenza, and cold symptoms including cough
- Help combat sinus infections, bronchitis, and asthma symptoms
- Receive pain relief for and treat headaches, sprains, injuries, scars, bruises, burns, wounds, etc.
- Help relieve bloodshot eyes
- Soothe itching and treat snake bites, insect bites, and bee stings
Uses for Basil Essential Oils
This essential oil is prized in certain civilizations for its medicinal abilities to bring clarity and strengthen faith and compassion. More commonly, however, it can be utilized to stimulate the respiratory and circulatory system, promote digestion, and clear sinuses. Other health benefits include this essential oil’s ability to treat diabetes, respiratory problems, constipation, indigestion, motion sickness, and nausea.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to avoid basil essential oils. The same goes for people who are suffering from epilepsy. Dilution might be necessary because for certain people, this essential oil may be an irritant to the mucous membranes, and the skin.