Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Greetings!!  I’m so excited to see you again, my friends!!  Thank you for joining me today, for we’ll be looking at Sweet Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum).  Another Essential Oil that is also an herb used in the culinary world.

Basil is a long-respected herb.  The Latin (basilicum) originates from the Greek word “Basillcos”, which means “king” or “royal”.  It is a much-favored herb in India.  The leaves are chewed before participating in some religious ceremonies.  Some Hindi believe the Basil leave has protective qualities & will place one on their chest while resting.

Originally from the tropics of Pacific Islands & Asia, Basil is now cultivated throughout Europe & the USA.

Let’s talk about the herb for just a moment.  When you cook, it is the basil leaf, fresh basil or ground basil you’ll want to use.  You can also burn a couple of basil leaves to help relieve headaches.  This is something I’ve tried & for me, it’s worked.  (My daughter walked into the house a short time later & did not care for the strong aroma.)  I’ve read that in the 16th century the leaves were used to treat migraines & chest infections.

Sweet Basil Essential Oil is, of course, more concentrated & potent than the leaves, stems & flowers.  The extracted Essential Oil contains high levels of anti-oxidants.  It’s known to fight bacteria, infections, radical damage & viruses.  It’s aided in reducing inflammation & relieving congestion.  Sweet Basil Essential Oil is naturally formulated to help treat muscular, emotional, cardiovascular & immune-related conditions.  It has been used as a traditional medicinal plant in the treatment of coughs, diarrhea, warts, headaches, constipation, kidney malfunctions, worms & so much more.

Sweet Basil Essential Oil is a naturally sweet, spicy, warm herbal aroma with a hint of licorice.  It’s considered to be a top note oil in Aromatherapy.  (We haven’t talked about the “notes” in Aromatherapy.  That will be coming soon.)

Inhaling, diffusing Sweet Basil can help fight fatigue by stimulating your nervous system & adrenal cortex.  It’s beneficial for reducing sluggishness & brain fog.  It can help restore your mental alertness.  Great for an afternoon pick me up.

The active chemicals in Sweet Basil fight bacteria, infections, inflammation & fatigue.  Applying a blend of Sweet Basil, Frankincense Essential Oil & Coconut Oil behind your ears & on the bottom of your feet can reduce the pain & swelling of ear aches.  This aids in speeding up the healing process.  You might try this before going to the doctor for antibiotics.

Our mouths are awful for bacteria causing odor.  You can add drops of Sweet Basil Essential Oil to your toothpaste or mouthwash.  This aids in healing & protecting your teeth & gums from ulcers, sores, viral blisters & toothaches. Be careful how often you use it.  Sweet Basil is strong.  Too much or too often could lead to issues.

Sweet Basil is considered a “hot” oil.  We discussed hot oils a little bit in Lemon Essential Oil, date May 20, 2017.  You need to be careful using it topically on people who have sensitive skin.  It’s recommended to not  use this Essential Oil on children under the age of 12.

By blending Sweet Basil, Lavender Essential Oil & Epsom salts in a warm bath & soaking in it  a strenuous workout, can bring immediate relief to tense areas.  Sweet Basil can help relieve gout, arthritis, as well as cramps.

I’ve been having a strange issue with my ankle.  Soaked in a very warm tub of Essential Oils & Epsom salts.  Using my tablet, I was playing some of the Mind Movies music & meditating.  I focused healing energy through me, out from my palms where I applied it to the ankle.  Today it is much better.

Are you suffering from swollen muscles or joints?  Blend a few drops of Sweet Basil with a carrier oil.  Rub in to the painful areas.

As I mentioned, Sweet Basil Essential Oil is anti-bacteria, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-venomous & anti-spasmodic.  It relaxes the muscles, eases coughs, colds bronchitis & pneumonia.  It can soothe tummy aches, muscles aches, digestive disorders (ranging from nausea to hiccups), joint pains & headaches. 

Because Sweet Basil has a high concentration of emmenagogue, DO NOT USE IF PREGANT AT ALL!!  Emmenagogue is a substance that stimulates or increases the menstrual flow.  It helps normalize menses.

You can add a couple of drops with some clean water to your burner.  These are great for quick, intense diffusing of the properties of Sweet Basil.  You can also add it to the clean water of a diffuser for a long-lasting effect.

Either way aids in your meditation.  The chemical make-up of Sweet Basil is up-lifting, it increases your concentration & clears the mind.  Excellent to use while exercising of any kind as it promotes feelings of trust, openness & enthusiasm.

You can blend Sweet Basil with other Essential Oils.  It blends particularly well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Citronella, Citrus, Clary Sage, Fennel, Ginger, Geranium, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tangerine & Verbena.  

Because of the anti-bacterial  properties of Sweet Basil, it’s a wonderful additive to baking soda & vinegar mixtures.  You can clean some tough stains using this blend while killing disease causing germs.

You can make a blend of Sweet Basil & a carrier oil.  Massage it in to relieve sore muscles.  It will also help relieve the pain & discomfort of arthritis & gout.  I prefer Grapeseed Oil.  It seems to absorb quickly with leaving a greasy feeling behind.

There is much more to share about Sweet Basil Essential Oil, but that is all the time we have today.  My goal is to be respectful of your time.

I thank you for your attention & I look forward to our next chat.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.


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