Essential Oils

Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum)

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Sources: Europe, USA, Vietnam, India, Egypt, Comoro islands
Extraction: Steam distilled
Note: Top
Scent: Herbaceous, spicy, anise
Key Points:

  • Is said to have a purifying effect on the body (Schiller)
  • Eases stress and headaches
  • Promotes mental clarity and concentration
  • Can be calming and helpful in insomnia
  • Can be helpful for respiratory conditions

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, stimulant, insecticide
Uses: Coughs, sinusitis, colds, mental fatigue, migraines, insomnia, depression, nausea, flu, mental clarity
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant, or on children/teens. Basil can cause stupor which can result in falls. Do not use if epileptic. May cause skin irritation in some. Varieties that are high in the component methyl chavicole may be carcinogenic (Tisserand).

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