Basil essential oil clears your head, is uplifting and very good for your nerves! I have often used basil in a diffuser when studying for various exams or just when I want to concentrate........it really does work.
The lovely aroma will be familiar to most people as it is very similar to the smell of the popular culinary herb from which it is obtained.
The leaves are a symbol of love in Italy (and is believed by some to be an aphrodisiac!).
The name basil comes from the Greek word 'basilicon' which means 'a royal remedy'. It was used in baths and body massage by ancient Greek nobles for its fragrant aroma.
It is a sacred herb in India (called tulsi), where it is believed to offer protection to the soul, and an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine.
There are three different types of basil that are readily available, but the most commonly used (and recommended) in aromatherapy is sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool).
The other two are Exotic Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. methyl chavicol) and Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) which is also known as Tulsi.
European countries, Egypt, Hungary, USA
Common Method Of Extraction:
Steam distillation of leaves and flowers
Light, fresh, herbal and sweet.
Blends Well With:
Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, Carminative, Cephalic, Digestive, Emmenenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Nervine, Stomachic, Sudorific, Tonic
See the glossary for definitions!
Mind, Spirit and Body:
Great for sluggish skin....and improves the tone and appearance!
It is often used to treat the symptoms of acne and skin infections.