Basil oil is produced from the herb Ocimum basilicum, of the Lamiaceae family. Basil oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and the flowering tops. Basil is native to Asia and the Pacific Islands, but is now cultivated throughout Europe and the United States of America.
Basil oil contains analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant properties. Basil oil is also enriched with vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Basil oil have been used during historic times for respiratory, digestive troubles, fevers and snake bites and is still popularly used today for a variety of ailments.
- Basil oil can be used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
- It is used to treat indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps, and flatulence. In other words, it provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines
It improves blood circulation
- It is found as an ingredient in some skin care products like acne creams
- Treats viral and bladder infections
- It is an excellent choice of oil to bring when travelling as it treats nausea and motion sicknes
- Applied externally helps to maintain a healthy looking skin
- It can be diluted and gently applied in cases of snake bite
- Inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in the palms of your hands, cup over nose and mouth and breathe naturally for several minutes to relieve nervousness
- Massage a single drop unto the breasts, always moving toward the lymphs under the arms to increase lactation
- Basil oil contains powerful antioxidants that protects the body from free radical damage associated with aging, some skin ailments, and most forms of cancer.
- The refreshing effect of basil oil makes it a fantastic remedy at treating anxiety, mental fatigue, depression, and migraines. It also helps to enhance mental strength and clarity.
- A few drops can be added to shampoo to enhance the quality of the hair
Pregnant women should not use Basil oil before consulting a health care provider but it is a good oil to have around the house.