Lesson 31: Essential Oil – Basil, Sweet (Ocimum basilicum ct. methyl chavicol)
Foundational Aromatherapy pages 61-62
This oil can help with digestive issues, circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, bladder infections, lung congestion, muscle spasms, travel sickness and a wide range of infections. Basil is effective in eliminating thread-worms (pin worms); repelling flies and mosquitoes; and treating insect bites. Basil oil has been widely used to help with many emotional struggles such as anxiety, insomnia and depression.
➢ Generally non-toxic
➢ Should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women; in large doses, it can stimulate a miscarriage. May be applied the last two weeks of pregnancy to encourage delivery
➢ Not appropriate for Children 2 years and younger.
➢ Best when used for short periods
Tried and True Uses
✓ Place a couple of drops on a cotton ball to inhale when there is a need to focus or concentrate.
✓ When diffused there is a reduction in stress related issues.
✓ Rub 1-2 drops mixed with 3-4 drops carrier on the chest, for the treatment of many respiratory illnesses.
✓ A massage of Basil and carrier oil gently assists in relaxing muscles and relieving pain.
✓ Inhale or diffuse for insomnia and migraine.
✓ Can be used in a mister as an insect repellent and to relieve itching and pain from bites and stings.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Drop 2-4 drops in 1⁄4 cup of Unscented Dead Sea Salt, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish bath, soak for twenty minutes.
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours throughout the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water.. Shake before each use, misting lightly. Avoid eyes when misting face.
RUB IT IN – Add 2-4 drops of oil to 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil or lotion, massage gently onto area of concern needing relief.
PUT IT ON – Use cotton swab to apply directly on minor insect bites. Can be applied directly on painful joints. With 2-3 drops of carrier in palm, add 1-2 drops then rub on bottom of each foot.
BLENDS WELL WITH
- Dill BlendTM
- Analgesic – relieves pain
- Antipyretic – dispels heat, fire, and fever
- Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
- Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
- Cephalic – stimulates and clears the mind, relieves headache
- Digestive – aids and balances digestion
- Expectorant – promotes discharge of mucus or phlegm from chest and lungs
- Emmenagogue – helps stimulate blood flow and menstrual discharge
- Restorative – corrective and restores
Protected, Confident, Inspiring, Compassionate and Strengthen
Key Body Systems:
Digestive, Muscular, Skeletal, and Circulatory
BOTANICAL NAME: Ocimum basilicum ct.methyl chavicol
WHERE GROWN: Madagascar, Mediterranean, Europe, India
AROMA: spicy, sweet
PRODUCING ORGAN: flowering tops and leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
NOTE (EVAPORATION RATE): top-middle
Main Chemical Families
SESQUITERPENES-anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic
ETHERS- antispasmodic, anti-infectious, carminative, pain relieving in the digestive system and genitourinary tract
LAMIACEAE (LABIATAE)-relieves headaches and nasal congestion, energizes body and mind
“I was having some serious hormonal issues, and I put Basil on every couple of hours over the space of two weeks and it balanced me out hormonaly and saved the lives of those who live with me!“
— Priscilla Wayman
“My 5-year-old has constipation issues. If I rub Basil on his belly before bed, he will go the next morning.“
— Meredith Dangel
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.