Common Uses: Prized in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to strengthen compassion, faith and bring clarity. It can be used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue, while giving clarity and mental strength.
Basil also clears the sinuses, promotes digestion and stimulates circulation, especially in the respiratory system. The therapeutic properties of basil oil are analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.
Basil oil is also a good tonic for the treatment of nervous disorders and stress related headaches, migraines and allergies.
It has a beneficial action on the respiratory tract and is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.
Basil is useful for wasp and insect bites, particularly that of mosquitoes.
Burners and vaporizers
- In vapor therapy, basil oil can be used for migraines, headaches and to help increase concentration and clear the mind.
Blended into the bath
- When adding basil oil to a warm bath, it can help relieve gout and arthritis, as well as muscular and menstrual pains or cramps.
Extraction: The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and the flowering tops.
Cautions: May irritate sensitive skin. Do not use during pregnancy.