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Basil Essential Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Basil

Latin Name: Ocimum Basilicum

Aromatherapy Uses: Basil Essential Oil is a fundamental oil used in alleviating mental fatigue and anxiety. It helps refresh your mind, and alleviate nervousness.

Basil Oil is a major stress reliever, and should be included in combination with other Essential Oils, or as a stand alone treatment for any of the above. For the Respiratory System, Basil Oil is good for Bronchitis and coughs.

Discussion: Basil (Ocimum basilicum) of the Family Lamiaceae is also known as Albahaca, St. Joseph’s Wort, and Sweet Basil. It is a tender low-growing annual herb, originally native to tropical Asia. It grows to between twenty and sixty centimeters tall, with opposite, light green, silky leaves 1.5-5 cm long and 1-3 cm broad.

It tastes somewhat like cloves, with a strong, pungent, sweet smell. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes speculations that basil may have been used in “some royal unguent, bath, or medicine”.

Oil Extraction Method: Basil Essential Oil is extracted using steam distillation of the plant flower.

Oil Characteristics: The Essential Oil is clear to light yellow in color. It has a fresh spice scent.

Plant Distribution: Basil grows almost world-wide in warmer climates, and in more temperate zones during the heat of the summer. In sunnier climates such as Southern Europe, the southern states of the U.S., the South Island of New Zealand, and Australia, basil will thrive when planted outside.

Scent Blending: Basil Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Hyssop, and Geranium.

Safety Notes: Non-Irritating, mostly Non-Toxic, but can be sensitizing to some people. Do not use during pregnancy.

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