Basil Essential Oil is procured from the leaves of the Ocimum basilicum botanical, better known as the Basil herb. This plant received its name from the Latin word basilius, which means "royal plant". Due to this, Basil is also known as the Queen of Herbs or l'herbe royale, meaning "royal herb" in French.
In Judaism, traditional stories advocate the value of Basil for increased grit and determination during times of fasting. In several Orthodox churches, Basil is often used to either sprinkle or prepare holy water. Additionally, pots of the herb are usually placed below church altars to pay reverence to the belief that it was discovered blooming around the grave of Jesus Christ. According to other belief systems (such as ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece), Basil was buried with those who had passed away. It was believed to have protective qualities that may help them on their spiritual journey to the afterlife, guaranteeing their safe arrival at the pearly gates of Heaven.
Throughout history, the Basil herb, believed to have a fortifying effect on a person's mind and emotions, has been used for various applications and was therefore made in multiple forms, including dried powders, teas, and oils. Basil's natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-depressant, and diuretic qualities made it a frequent feature in the traditional medical practices of Asia and were deemed sacred.
Basil belongs to the Lamiaceae family. This culinary botanical's seeds and leaves usually found their main uses in cooking, as it was reputed to kill harmful bacteria and odours and added great flavour. Basil and its derivatives were common ingredients in Italian food, such as pizza, pasta, and salads. Today, they remain ideal for supporting skin, hair, and kidney health, soothing headaches, head colds, coughs, stomach spasms, diarrhoea and constipation.
Benefits & Uses
- Basil oil enhances the appearance of dull-looking skin and hair.
- It can help with the symptoms of acne and other skin infections.
- Since basil oil has carminative properties, it can treat indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps, and flatulence.
- Can provide relief from colds, influenza, sinus infections and associated fevers.
- Using this essential oil regularly provides mental strength and clarity.
- It is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil helps with arthritis, sports injuries, surgical recovery and headaches.
- Basil essential oil can prevent vomiting, mainly when the source of the nausea is motion sickness and many other causes.