Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum) is a steam distilled plant that has a clear color and a thin consistency. Basil Essential Oil is high in Linalool which makes the sweet, herbaceous, licorice-like scent oil effective in helping to stimulate the mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
Historically, basil has had many important health benefits attached to it. Ancient remedies that included basil were for respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, malaria, and throat/lung infections TROTH M. (2010, p. 68).
Modern times Basil oil is used for medicinal purposes, I will list 5 amazing benefits of basil essential oil for use.
Calming the Mind, Uplifting, and Energizing
Basil essential oil works as a natural calmative on the mind due to its constituent of linalool. The oil enhances your well-being by balancing out your emotions to combat exhaustion, anxiety, or sadness. Whenever you are feeling blue basil essential oil can lift and support your emotions.
Tones and Balances The Skin
Small abrasions and irritated skin due to acne, eczema can leave your skin with an uneven tone and lackluster. Basil essential oil refreshes the skin and helps control acne breakouts by calming irritated skin
Eases Cold Symptoms
When colds, coughs, or sinus problems are flaring up using basil acts as an supportive oil to soothe respiratory distress is quite common. A constituent named eugenol in basil makes it possible to tame symptoms of a cold, calm a cough, and help sustain your immune system while going through allergy problems.
Relieves Aches and Pains
Basil is an alleviating oil that can release spasms and reduce inflammation. It is used to relieve muscle discomfort and aches through its anti-inflammatory properties of linalool. Joint swelling and arthritis pain can be improved after some time when administering organic basil oil daily to the affected are.
Insects bites can irritate the skin and leave a scar if not attended to. Basil oil has insecticidal properties that can repel insects and relieve the irritation that comes from pesky insect bites.
Basil has a high traditional value and is known for the protector of the mind and body. When choosing an essential oil Basil is a great selection to add to your essential oil treasure chest.
(American Psychological Assoc.)
TROTH, M. (2010). Essential oils for humans: Essential oil of basil. Countryside & Small Stock Journal, 94(4), 68.