Basil Oil

Basil Oil - Ocimum basilicum

Basil oil....Basil is one of the sacred plants of India, where it is dedicated to Vishnu. It’s extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine. Its actions on the digestive and nervous systems have been acknowledged in both Indian and occidental medicine. This oil contains the phenylpropane, estragol, which has a definite stabilizing influence on the autonomic nervous system.* It also has a strong antispasmodic effect in the digestive tract.

*The autonomic nervous system regulates the organs of our body, such as the heart, stomach, and intestines.

Botanical Name - Ocimum basilicum

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distillation

Parts Used - Leaves and flowering tops

Note Classification – Top

Aroma - Fresh, warm, spicy, herbaceous

Color – Yellow or clear

Effect - Warming

Largest Producing Countries - USA, France, Italy, Egypt, Bulgaria, and Hungary

Other Areas of Origin – Comoro Islands, Reunion Islands, and Thailand

Traditional Use - A sacred plant in India, and used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s been used as a strewing herb to reduce odors, and has many culinary applications.

Properties - Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant of the adrenal cortex, stomachic, tonic.

Benefits - Abrasions, anxiety, bronchitis, colds, coughs, depression, flatulence, fatigue, infection, insect bites and repellant, sinus infection, whooping cough. Basil can be added to a hair tonic to help stimulate growth.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, citronella, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, opopanax, rosemary.

Safety Data - High doses of basil oil may be carcinogenic due to its methyl chavicol content, and it should be avoided if you suffer from liver problems. Always dilute this oil before using as it is a potential skin irritant. It may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals. Avoid while pregnant.

Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Reunion Island, Indian Ocean

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