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A delicious oil to put in your oil based salad dressing and lovely to pair with lemon.
Basil takes its name from the Greek word for king – basileum. Wreaths of basil have been found in the Egyptian tombs. Kings were anointed with Basil oil in ancient times. In Italy Basil is a symbol of love and traditionally women would put a pot of basil outside their window when they were ready for romance. New moms would eat the leaves to increase milk flow. Basil is a sacred plant in India and used in ayurvedic medicine.
Basil is one of the best nerve tonics. It clears the head and relieves intellectual fatigue. It helps sharpen your memory and concentration. It helps treat anxiety, depression, nervous tension, and stress. Some people have used it for migraine headaches. It is sometimes a mild irritant. Avoid use in a bath or massage if you have delicate or sensitive skin.
It has been known to help when used with treatment of respiratory ailments, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic nasal catarrh, whooping cough, and sinusitis. It helps treat digestive disorders. It helps lesson pain. It can help reduce cellulite deposits. It soothes insect and snake bites. It helps neutralize insect bites, especially wasp stings. It helps repair connective tissue.
The aroma of Basil brings Italian food scent to mind. It is fresh, warm, spicy, herbal and slightly licorice. It is distilled from the flowering plant. The properties of Basil oil are: antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, expectorant, restorative, stomachic, and tonic.
By Melissa Farris
Basil, Linalol Ocimum basilicum top note
Basil is a friend to the digestion! Well-known for its beneficial effect on the digestive system, it also calms nerves and relieves depression (I) and anxiety(I). Used traditionally in FMA (French Medical Aromatherapy) for overthinking, overworking, anxiety, fatigue and OCD’s. Used in the Veriditas Mental Clarity Formula, Basil clears the mind and helps stop ruminative thinking and relieves nervous tension. Basil is also used as an antispasmodic.
Originally Pesto was a food/medicine made from Basil and garlic to kill food born bacteria and parasites. Use Basil In cooking to make mouthwatering dishes while supporting digestive health one drop at a time. Try in Pesto, Egg dishes, Pasta Dishes, Salads, or just spicing up your olive oil. These recipes add freshness and stimulate digestive health.
C = Compress
M = Massage
N = Neat or Undiluted use ok
F = Use in flavoring food
T = Can be used therapetuticlly in medicinal honey or tinctures
Avoid in pregnancy and epilepsy
Use small amounts –use for short period of time
Tips and Trivia
If your digestive system feels sluggish or you feel stressed, treat yourself to a massage with 2oz massage oil, 40 drops basil and 10 drops peppermint
There are many Basils on the marketplace. Make sure your basil is the linalool type, high in linalool acytate. Other Basils are high in the controversial Methyl Chavicol, Methyl Cinnamate, or Eugenol, which can be toxic or irritating.