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About Ocimum Basilicum
Native of Africa and the Seychelles and now grown as a popular culinary herb in Europe, it can grow up to three feet (90cm) in height and has small white flowers. The essence is distilled from the leaves and is a light greenish-yellow colour with sweet green overtones.
Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pasta, and entrée dishes, and it is also cooling to the skin. When diffused, Basil helps promote focus and a stress-relieving experience.
* Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
* Promotes mental alertness and may lessen anxious feelings when diffused
* May help to ease monthly feminine discomfort*
– Diffuse to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading.
– Massage with wintergreen and carrier oil on the back of the neck for a stress-relieving experience.
– Take a drop internally to provide soothing support during menstrual cycle.*
– Add to your favorite Italian dishes for a refreshing taste.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area.
Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
More Health Benefits of Basil Oil
Basil’s use in traditional medicine spans hundreds of years, with a foundation in digestive and respiratory support. 16th-century applications include snakebite treatments, respiratory tract inhalants, and migraine relief.
The oil possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and decongestant properties, with an aroma that is said to alleviate fatigue and stress, while stimulating concentration. Basil can be blended or used purely with a carrier oil. Below are five pure supportive applications (all are suggested to be diluted in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil unless directed otherwise).
Relieve the symptoms of bronchitis by diluting basil accordingly with your chosen carrier oil and applying topically to the chest, back, and throat. Or use the steam method – steam two drops of the oil in a pan of boiling water. Remove the boiling water from the stove and, after pouring into a separate bowl, put a towel over your head and the bowl. Inhale deeply.
For those who feel low energy or chronic fatigue, run a hot bath and disperse three drops of basil in the bathwater. Soak for twenty minutes, inhaling deeply. You can also diffuse the oil or apply topically, diluted, to the reflex points of the feet.
To soothe minor irritations such as insect bites or stings, dilute the basil in a 1:3 ratio when applying to insect bites or stings. Use up to three times a day. Lather the application on the affected spots in order to relieve irritation, inflammation, and infection.
Basil helps to ease pain and discomfort. You can alleviate menstrual cramps through a diluted topical application. Simply massage into the affected area – the lower back and abdomen – as well as into the soles of the feet.
Protect against infection and speed the process of wound healing by creating a basil spray. Simply add 3-4 drops of oil to a spray bottle of distilled water and douse the wound. You can also dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically if the wound is less sensitive.
Inhalation, baths, massage and cooking. It has both heating and cooling qualities. When used in the bath or smoothed over the body it has an invigorating effect – great for sluggish skin and pepping up circulation. Combined with other oils such as thyme it also acts as a powerful antiseptic.
Origins – Basil was used in baths and body massage by ancient Greek nobles for its fragrant perfume. The Egyptians used the aromatic fragrance in their offerings to the gods and also mixed in with essences of myrrh and incense to embalm bodies. In India, it is believed to offer protection to the soul and is sacred to the Hindu gods Krishna and Vishnu.
Basil is ideal as a nerve tonic, to lift fatigue, and ease anxiety and depression. It has also shown to be effective in relieving bronchitis, colds, fever, gout and indigestion. It is also reputed to soothe bites and stings.
This is one of my favourite doTERRA essential oils. It is beautiful, ‘earthy’ and is a must-have for any first aid kit and also in the kitchen.
Further Reading: See what clinical studies on basil oil have been done.