Although believed by Hindus to be a passport to heaven, basil is most associated with food, where it is used as an herb to punch up dishes because of its aromatic, mildly pungent flavor. Basil is a favorite among Italian cooks, and can be found in a variety of native dishes. Though many people associate basil with Italy, it is actually native to India and Iran. In India, basil was considered sacred. In fact, the very name comes from the Greek word basileus meaning “king.” Currently, there are over 150 varieties of basil, however the variety named ociumum basilicum is most used in aromatherapy.
Anti-viral, arthritis, anxiety, colds and flu, concentration, depression, headaches and migraines, menstrual regulation, mental and physical fatigue, muscular spasm, tension, respiratory disorders, rheumatism, stress, weak nervous conditions
Essential Oil Applications:
For anti viral and antibacterial protection, use in a diffuser.
To help alleviate anxiety, depression, mental and physical fatigue, tension, and stress, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also add 2-3 drops of oil to one ounce of carrier oil and massage on body. For added benefit, add lavender and/or peppermint to the mix.
For arthritis, muscle spasms, or rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in one ounce of carrier oil and massage affected areas. Can also be added to a hot compress.
For congestion, use 2-3 drops of oil in one ounce of carrier oil. Massage on chest and upper back.
To improve concentration, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
For headaches or migraines, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you).
To help regulate menstrual cycle, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser regularly.
For respiratory disorders, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
Mixes Well With:
Leaves and flowering tops.
Avoid if pregnant. Can irritate skin, therefore do not use without diluting. Use a patch test before using on skin.
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