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Basil Essential Oil

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Botanical name: Oscimum basilicum
Distillation method: steam distilled
Plant part: leaves, stem, flowers
Note: middle-top
Scent: herbal, spicy, warm
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Siberian Fir, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Supports the following body systems:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Nervous System
  • Muscles & Bones

Why  Use Basil Essential Oil?

  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
  • Promotes mental alertness
  • Lessens anxious feelings
  • Enhances memory function
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Reduces tension when applied to temples and
    back of neck
  • Soothes minor irritations
  • Sharpens focus while studying or reading
  • Soothes minor skin irritations

Main Precautions for Basil Essential Oil:

  • do not use during pregnancy
  • do not use when suffering from epilepsy
  • dilute when using topically (may irritate skin)

Commonly used (always adhere to label instructions of your essential oils):

  • aromatic
  • topical
  • internal

Learn more about using  Essential Oils:

Aromatic use of essential oils

Topical use of essential oils

Internal / Oral use of essential oils

Learn More About Basil Essential Oil

One of Basil’s most prominent chemical components is linalool. Linalool is a natural chemical found in a variety of plants and flowers. High linalool content in both plants and flowers has the unique ability to help relax the mind and body, especially when concentrated into an essential oil. The linalool found in the basil plant and Basil essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of tension and sadness when ingested. Scientists in Mexico City recently found that linalool affects the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes such familiar neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine, and the adrenaline/noradrenaline adrenergic system.* Linalool is extremely effective on these neurotransmitters because it acts on multiple receptors in this monoaminergic system. When substances like linalool target multiple receptors, they are more potent and longer lasting than molecules that only target one receptor. Because linalool supports brain chemistry balance in these receptors, it reduces sad feelings.3*  The high linalool content in basil plants and Basil oil provides a great natural solution for balancing mood and reducing sad moods.

Read more about Basil Essential Oil in this Spotlight Article

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If you are interested in growing fresh Basil indoors, please read this article from DIY Home offering some great tips.

Disclaimer
While Basil essential oil has been studied to show support for the body systems mentioned above, it is not a substitute for medication and the statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.