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Basil Oil

Much reckoned for its protective qualities, basil is a highly favored herb in India. Held sacred to Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu, a basil leave is placed on the chest of a Hindu when resting. Finding its strong position in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine system, its leaves are even chewed before taking part in religious ceremonies. In fact, the use of this herb for medicinal herb has been practiced since ages. Some of the health benefits of basil essential oil include its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, diabetes, etc. This oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.

Regarded as a wonderful analgesic, this crisp smelling essential oil works wonders in aromatherapy. It awakens the mind for clarity of thought, steadiness of the nerves, while easing sinus congestion, cooling down fevers and treating menstrual problems.
Massage from this oil is one of the most rejuvenating experiences that truly cheer the heart. This essential oil with a watery viscosity is pale greenish-yellow in color. Its aroma is clear, light, and peppery that gives a sweet green top note to blends. Basil oil blends particularly well with essential oils such as Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Fennel, Ginger, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Juniper, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Lime, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Rosemary Melissa, Lavender and Verbena.
 

History of Basil
With a history that dates back to many centuries, the basil is reportedly an origin from tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands. This plant is said to have come to Europe from India via the Middle East. The flowers of this plant ranging from white to pink solely depend on the species. In its botanical name "Ocimum basilicum"-- the word "Basilicum" has been coined from the Greek word 'Basilicos' meaning 'king' or 'royal'.

As per history, in ancient Greece and Rome, it was believed that basil would only prosper where there was chaos and it was aligned to poverty, hatred, and misfortune. In Iran, Malaysia and Egypt, it is planted on graves; in Crete it stood for sorrowful love, while in parts of Italy it was used as a love token. In India, basil is regarded as a sacred herb dedicated to the Hindu gods-- Vishnu and Krishna.

 

Oil Extraction
Belonging to the herbaceous mint family, the botanical name of Basil is "Ocimum basilicum". Finding a popular usage across the world, these herbs are mainly grown in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as European, French, Common or Sweet Basil, the essential oil is extracted from this plant requiring plenty of sunlight, warmth, and water for growth. Extracted through steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops, the essential basil oil has a fresh, sweet, and spicy aroma. This makes it a popular choice in Aromatherapy.

Applicable Benefits
The essential oil known for its delicacy and sweet flavor-- Basil Oil comprises of various chemical compounds including a-pinene,

camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, cis-ocimene, camphor, linalool, methyl chavicol, y-terpineol, citronellol, geraniol, methyl cinnamate and eugenol. Backed by these, this oil is endowed with the therapeutic properties of analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.

Finding popular usage in Europe, Central Asia, India and Southeast Asia, the oil was extensively used for culinary purposes in the Mediterranean region and still forms the active ingredient of many Italian recipes such as pesto. This essential oil is also used in making pasta and salads. The major health benefits of basil oil include the following:
 
  • Cosmetics: The Basil Essential Oil is used topically to massage the skin. It enhances the luster of dull looking skin as well as hair. As a result, it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also used for It is effective in digestive disorders, ranging from nausea to hiccups, and for infections in the respiratory tract. It is useful for wasp and insect bites, particularly that of mosquitoes.acne and skin infections.
  • Digestion: Used as a digestive tonic, basil oil is blessed with strong carminative properties. Thus, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It is also colic, and hence is used for bowel pain.
  • Cold: Being extremely effective in providing relief from cold, influenza and associated fever, its antispasmodic nature is used in case of whooping cough.
  • Respiratory: The oil is also used in cases of asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
  • Infections: The essential oil of basil is good for treating a variety of infections including cuts, wounds, skin infections, bladder infections, etc., due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections.
  • Stress disorder: This oil casts a refreshing effect, along with treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Due to this calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy. Its regular use gives mental strength and clarity.
  • Blood circulation: Improving blood circulation to an amazing level, the oil also helps in increasing the metabolism.
  • Pain relief: The analgesic nature of this oil helps to provide relief from pain. Hence, it is used in arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, sprains, headaches, etc.
  • Eye treatment: The essential oil of basil is ophthalmic, and hence relieves bloodshot eyes.
  • Anti vomiting: Used as an anti vomiting agent in motion sickness and many other vomiting cases, this oil provides a great remedy.
  • Further, the basil essential oil is also a good treatment for itching from bites and stings from honey bees, insects and even snakes. The other uses of this oil include curing motion sickness and vomiting.
 
Precaution Note: Although basil oil is accompanied with stimulating properties, yet it can have a stupefying effect if consumed in excess. For this reason, it should not be used during pregnancy or on children under 16 years. This essential oil can even irritate a sensitive skin, thus it must be used with care on people with sensitive skins. Its usage is even prohibited during pregnancy due to its emmenagogue properties. Thus, basil essential oil and basil in any other form should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding or nursing women. However, some people suggest that it increases milk flow.
 
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