Basil (Ocimum basilicum) leaf essential oil has a fresh, warm aroma that can be calming and refreshing. Basil belongs to the Lamiaceae plant family, which includes about 200 species grown around the world! Our 100% pure and all-natural Vietnamese basil oil has the classic warm, camphor-esque aroma. It's said to have a relaxing effect, and helps relieve anxiety. Try it in aromatherapy, perfumes, room sprays, candles and as a scent for soaps, bath salts, and massage oils.
A staple of food and medicine of southeast Asia, Basil is perhaps most integrated into the society and culture of Vietnam, where our basil oil is sourced.
Basil Essential Oil: A Brief History
Basil essential oil is the most popular in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Europe, and it is also used extensively in the Mediterranean for culinary purposes, such as for making pesto, pasta and salads. Fresh basil herbs are used as well, but some find that basil essential oil is much more effective in flavoring as it is more concentrated and potent. This makes the oil much more powerful than the leaves for medicinal uses in respiratory, muscular, and joint support.
The medicinal parts of the basil plant are the leaves and the seeds. Basil essential oil and all of its beneficial compounds are steam distilled from fresh basil leaves, stems and flowers to form an extract that contains high levels of antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals, and is much more beneficial than dried or even fresh leaves.
In history, basil was used in Southeast Asia as Ayurvedic medicine to treat cough, constipation, indigestion, diarrhea and skin illnesses. As Basil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, in the 16th century, the leaves were used to treat migraines and chest infections. Basil essential oil also has proven antioxidant effects that can fight chronic infections and respiratory illnesses like Bronchitis. Mixed with other essential oils such as rosemary or eucalyptus, the blend can help stop infection of the lungs and respiratory tract that can lead to coughing, swelling and pain. It's strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can likely also benefit heart health, cognitive function and even reduce cancer cell formation.
The basil plant is considered sacred in India as it is such an amazing source of antioxidants, antibacterial agents and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Precautions before using basil essential oil:
Make sure you do a patch test on your skin for sensitivity prior to using on wider areas or long term. Make sure to do the skin patch test on your feet or forearm to make sure you don’t experience irritation like redness, burning, hives or allergic reactions. Also keep basil oil away from your eyes and the insides of your ears or nose.
Basil essential oil should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women as it can have an impact on hormonal levels and muscle or nerve functioning. It’s also not appropriate for anyone with epilepsy.
Blending with other essential oils
Basil essential oil blends very well with other essential oils, including the following oils: bergamot oil, cedarwood oil, fennel oil, grapefruit oil, lavender oil, lemon oil and rosemary essential oil.
Here is a detailed list of the more elaborate ways in which basil oil can be used:
The health benefits of basil essential oil are multifold, including its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, and diabetes. Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.
1. Improves Skin and Hair
Basil essential oil is well known to treat the symptoms of acne and other skin infections. As skin breakouts are mainly caused by built-up bacteria, excess oil and small areas of infections, basil oil can help this condition with its antibacterial properties. It is used extensively in numerous skin care formulas that are made to improve the tone of the skin. The oil is itself can be used diluted in a carrier oil and massaged into the skin. It enhances the luster dull-looking skin and hair.
To apply, you can use basil essential oil with a clean cotton ball, apply one to two drops of basil oil along with coconut or jojoba oil to the affected area once or twice daily.
You can add a drop or two of basil essential oil to your shampoo to strip away excess grease or buildup on your hair while adding shine. You can also mix it with baking soda and apple cider vinegar to remove bacteria, grease and residue from hair naturally.
2. Is an Excellent Insect Repellent
The volatile oils found in basil can repel mosquitoes and prevent bug bites, just like citronella oil and thyme oil. To make a homemade bug spray or lotion, dilute several drops of basil essential oils with carrier oil and massage into skin or swollen bites as needed. Basil essential oil is also excellent for treating itching from mosquito bites and stings, and has even been known to be used as a treatment for snake bites.
3. Is A Great Air Freshener
Basil has the excellent property of being able to remove/eliminate odor-causing bacteria and mold from your home, car, appliances and furniture. The word basil, derived from the Greek sentence, means “to smell.”
In India and the Mediterranean, basil essential oil has been used for many culinary applications, including to eliminate odors and clean kitchen equipment. If you want to do this at home, you can run several drops through your kitchen appliances, perhaps by adding it to your dish washing soap. You can also combine it with baking soda to remove stains and bacteria from pots or pans; or spray it inside your toilet, shower and garbage cans.
4. Improves Digestion
Basil essential oil is well known as a digestive tonic as it can treat multiple digestion issues. It is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and excess gas. By providing immediate relief from gas in the stomach and intestines, it can also be used to alleviate lower bowel pain. Basil essential oil can also naturally relieve constipation.
As basil essential oil is also a diuretic, it helps increase the production of urine and as a result, reduce water retention and uncomfortable bloating. It is a highly effective antispasmodic and can reduce cramps associated with PMS, stomach illness or food poisoning.
Basil essential oil can also be used to prevent vomiting, particularly when the source of the nausea is motion sickness, but also from many other causes.
Pure basil oil can be taken internally by adding one to two drops to warm water or tea, or you can inhale it and massage it directly into painful areas such as the abdomen and lower back.
5. Is an Antibacterial and Anti fungal
Basil essential oil has been proven to be extremely effective against microbes, and food borne bacteria, yeasts and mold. In laboratory research findings, basil essential oil was found to inhibit the growth of six forms of bacteria and three strains of fungi. Basil oil can also be used to clean and treat wounds (more on this below) and is also good for viral infections that attack the body and can enter the body through the wounds.
You can use basil essential oil in your home to remove bacteria from kitchens and bathrooms, prevent contamination, and purify the air. You can make a very effective antibacterial spray by combining Basil essential oil with water in a spray bottle, which you can then use to spray and rub down surfaces in your home.
6. Is A Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
Basil essential oil is an effective home treatment remedy for urinary tract and bladder infections. Basil essential oil is a very effective antibacterial, antiviral and disinfectant. Taken internally, it may help to detoxify the urinary and digestive tracts and can speed up the healing process for painful infections.
7. Is A Cold and Flu Treatment
Basil essential oil can help to remove bacteria and viruses from the body, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. It is a great natural cold and fever remedy. You can greatly help your cold and flu conditions by using basil essential oil either by diffusing the oil throughout your home or by adding one or two drops to a hot bath. You can also make a very potent homemade vapor rub by mixing it with eucalyptus essential oil (make sure that you dissolve it with a carrier oil) and massage it into the chest to open up nasal passages and provide relief.
As it is an antispasmodic basil essential oil is also frequently used to treat the symptoms of whooping cough. It is also used to treat asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.
8. Provides Wound Relief and Prevents Infections
Basil oil is really good for treating skin cuts, wounds and infections as it is such a great anti bacterial and anti viral agent. Because of its anti viral properties, it is good to eliminate viruses that can attack the body through other wounds. It is a good idea to include a bottle of Basil essential oil in your home medical kit.
9. Provides Pain Relief
Basil essential oil is also an analgesic and provides relief from pain. This is why this multifunctional oil is used frequently in the treatment of injuries, burns, bruises and surgical recovery.
10. Is A Muscle Relaxant
You can make a relaxing muscle balm by mixing a few drops of basil essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rubbing it into fatigued or aching muscles. Painful or swollen muscles and joints will greatly benefit from this treatment. You can also take a hot bath with Epsom salts, basil essential oil and lavender essential oil. Soaking in this bath will provide instant relief and also help to relax tense areas that might occur as a result of working out.
11. Relieves Anxiety and Provides Emotional Benefits
Basil has a deep, warm and spicy aroma that has been widely used in aromatherapy for centuries and well known to reduce anxiety , fear, nervousness and tension. Basil essential oil, when diluted and applied to the temples and back of the neck can greatly help both mind and body. The oils calming qualities make it perfect for overwhelm, stress, fatigue, and may even help a person in their efforts to overcome addiction. Regularly using this essential oil provides mental strength and clarity.
Basil essential oil is called the oil that "uplifts and renews". You can diffuse it in your home to deal with stressful situations or to relax and unwind. This can also work quickly for natural headache relief. Massage one or two drops with a carrier oil into your feet or over your adrenals nightly.
12. Flavor Enhancer
Basil leaves have been frequently associated with Italian cooking. The highly potent oil can also be used to infuse plenty of recipes with the basil flavor flavor in place of using fresh or dried leaves. Try adding one to two drops to your recipes in place of the fresh or dried herb and see the difference!
Here is a great Basil essential oil recipe to try: Lemon Basil Natural Cleaning Spray Recipe
• 2 cups of filtered water
• 1 cup of organic distilled white vinegar
• 20+ drops of lemon essential oil
• 15+ drops of basil essential oil
Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle and use as needed for household cleaning. Works well on windows and stainless steel as well as flat surfaces like tile and counters.
Customize essential oils to your preference by adding more, less or even omitting completely. The vinegar smell will disappear once the spray dries and only a faint scent of lemon and basil will remain.
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