Basil (sweet) Essential Oil
Of the three major variants among the Basil – Holy Basil, Exotic Basil and the Sweet Basil, this one boasts of extensive uses much beyond the palate, whether applied topically, diffused or conjured up in blends.
For centuries is has been used as a medicinal herb, or going by the words of 16th century herbalist, John Gerard, known to comfort sorrowful hearts with its calming effects, its origins lying in India and the Middle East, known to the Greco-Romans as well.
One with thick foliage, long growing and tender with glossy leaves and small white, blue or purple flowers – the essential oil is extracted by means of steam distillation of the leaves, stem and flowering tops.
Helps in: Easing digestive disorders | Colic and flatulence | Nausea | Stomach cramps | Stimulating the nervous system and alleviating nervine woes | Mental clarity and strength | Depression | Stress and fatigue | Headaches and pain relief| Cold, coughs and mucous discharges | Inflammation | Insect bites | Acne and skin infections | Sinus congestions and respiratory problems | Wound infections | Adding lustre to hair
- Never ingest pure, undiluted essential oils without the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist or a trained practitioner. If ingested, it might harm your mouth, intestines and internal organs. For external use only.
- Always take Patch Tests before using any Natural Products
- Increased intake of Water and Fluids suggested – enabling the Toxins to flush out faster and enhance the effects of Essential Oils
- Keep away from the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your aromatherapy practitioner to learn more about specific phototoxic essential oils – not to be used during the day, but can prove to be really beneficial if used at night.
Essential oils can be of great help when in treating mild day to day ailments. Always keep a basic kit of essential oils handy, enabling you can make a fresh blend as needed.
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