Ar’home Introductions Series: Basil

Bienvenue Ar’home readers,

Introducing, Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum L.)

This oil, with its delicious smell of fresh basil is traditionally used to relieve digestive discomfort. Rich in linalool, it is very soft and known for its tonic and purifying effects.

Chemotype: Linalool
Family: Lamiaceae 
Origin: Egypt 
Extraction: Steam distilled 
Plant part: Flowering top 
Aroma: Herbal 
Note: Middle 
Odour intensity: Distinct 
Cultivation: Organically grown

Ar’home System Classification:

Nausea, muscle relaxant, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, diabetes.

Getting to know Basil EO a little better
Basil should be in every essential oil collection. The Basil essential oil is extracted from the herb Ocimum basilicum which is part of the Labiatae family and is often known as Sweet Basil. Basil oil is a good tonic for the treatment of nervous disorders and stress related headaches, migraines and allergies. It is used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue. It has a beneficial action on the respiratory tract and is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. Basil is also effective in cases of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramp, and is also good when used for menstrual problems.

Due to the emmenagogue properties, it is often used to relieve scanty periods and normalizing menses. This essential oil is useful in treating arthritis as well and when used on the skin, it helps to control acne. In general it refreshes the skin and can also be used on insect bites.

Safety 101 when using Basil Essential Oil
Do not use during pregnancy and lactation, nor in children under 3 years. Beware of hypersensitive skin as this essential oil contains eugenol, which means it should always be diluted for skin use.

Merci, à bientôt,


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