Essential Oil of the Month: Basil!


Botanical name, Ocimum basilicum, of the mint family sometimes known as Saint Joseph’s Wort in some English-speaking countries.  Originally from India, is a half-hardy annual plant, best known as a culinary herb.  Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.  Basil Essential Oil has been referred to as ‘the royal oil’ to strengthen the mind and heart.



ocimum-basilicum-08 (Photo credit: blumenbiene)


Recently, there has been much research into the health benefits conferred by the essential oils found in basil.   Basil has potent antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal, insect-repelling, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and antimicrobial properties.  Inhaling basil can refresh the mind and restores mental alertness, and may also sharpen your sense of smell. Useful for fatigued or aching muscles, rub a few drops onto tense areas for relief.  Helps with stings and bites.


Do not take the essential oil internally.


Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of basil oil to the carrier oil.


If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!


While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.



While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.



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