BASIL, Sweet ( Ocimum basilicum)
The oil is colorless or pale yellow with a fresh, sweet-spicy scent. The primary system targeted by basil is the nervous system, and is an excellent muscle relaxant. It has been used widely for chest infections, digestive disorders, headaches and colds. Basil is as excellent cephalic (remedy for the head), clearing mental fatigue, and stimulating the mind and intellect. It is also great for the skin, improving its tone and appearance.
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Part of the plant used: leaves and flowering tops
Method of extraction: steam distillation
Properties: anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cephalic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, anti -viral, adrenal cortex stimulant, and tonic (nervous)
Physical systems, conditions and uses: Digestive : carminative, cramps, nausea, stimulant; Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, emphysema, sinusitis; Muscular: aches and pains; Genito –urinary: cramps, scanty periods; Nervous: insomnia, migraines, mental fatigue; Skin: effective insect repellent, tones complexion, stimulates hair growth and sluggish complexion.
Emotional effects: balancing, stimulant. traditionally used for times of anxiety, fear, melancholy, sadness, stress, and weak nerves.
Blending note: top
Blends well with: bergamot, citronella, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, and lime
Application: Use as an inhalant, in a diffusor, or spritzer or on skin in a carrier. Also use as a compress, or in massage oil for overworked muscles.
Contraindications and safety: Small amounts are safe, do not overuse. Avoid during pregnancy. May irritate sensitive skin. Do not use on children. Keep out of reach of children!
Not for internal use.
Available in: pure essential oil, Refreshing Facial Mist