BASIL - ocimum basilicum

Part of The Plant Used For Essential Oil - Flowering tops and leaves.
Method of Extraction - Steam Distillation
Scent Description - Top Note
Very strong, fresh green scent. I think it is reminiscent of Aniseed but with a little bit more depth, spice and sharpness.
Warning - DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. Do not use in excess as it can be a depressant. Use frugally as it can very easily dominate and totally overwhelm your blend.
Usage - Best used as an inhalation, room spritz, diffuser blend, massage blend.

Main Action on Mind/Body
  • Antidepressant
  • Helps clear sinus congestion
  • Antiseptic
  • Soothes cramps
  • Helps aid digestion
  • Helps rid body of trapped wind
  • Promotes menstruation
Mind - Basil essential oil has a history of use as a nerve tonic. Its wonderfully intense green scent certainly revives and restores. Though some describe it as a balancing oil (with both the ability to relax and uplift), I believe it is most definitely a stimulating oil. Its best used during highly stressful times when you don't have time to rest but need to keep focused. Its sharp scent really does clear your head and alleviates mental fatigue. Some practitioners recommend it to help with anxiety or depression but I believe those conditions are better treat with gentler, more comforting oils.
Body - Basil essential oil has a definite antispasmodic action, so it's wonderful to use when you have overindulged and you have that horrid, stuffed feeling! Its antispasmodic action is really helpful for any digestive upsets. It's also terrific to rid yourself of feeling nauseous, as its fresh, clean scent seems to dispel that icky feeling. Also a great addition to any massage blend targeted at easing tense, tight muscles. Basil oil is also an effective oil in treating chest infections and respiratory conditions.
Blends well with - Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary. Do use frugally, as its strong scent can easily overwhelm.