Sweet Basil Essential Oil
Ocimum Basilicum (Conventional)
Native to tropical Asia and Africa, it is now widely cultivated throughout Europe, the Mediterranean region, the Pacific Islands, North and South America.
Widely used in Far Eastern medicine especially in the Ayurvedic tradition, where it is called tulsi. It is used for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, coughs, colds, asthma, flu and emphysema but is also used as an antidote to poisonous insect or snake bites. It has also been used against epidemics and fever, such as malaria. It improves blood circulation and the digestive system and in China it is used for stomach and kidney ailments.
In the West, it is considered a 'cooling' herb, and is used for rheumatic pain, irritable skin conditions and for those of a nervous disposition. It is a popular culinary herb, especially in Italy and France.
Antidepressant, antispectic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, nervine, prophylactic, restorative, stimulant of adrenal cortex, stomachic, tonic.
Relatively non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sanitization in some individuals. Avoid during pregnancy.
Skincare: Insect bites (mosquito, wasp), insect repellant.
Circulation muscles and joints: Gout, muscular, aches and pains, rheumatism.
Respiratory system: Bronchitis, coughs, earache, sinusitis.
Digestive system: Dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea.
Genito-urinary system: Cramps, scanty periods.
Immune system: Colds, fever, flu, infectious disease.
Nervous system: Anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension: Oil of Basil is an excellent, indeed perhaps the best, aromatic never tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.
Other uses: The oil is used in soaps, cosmetics and perfumery; it is also used extensively in major food categories, especially savouries.