Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum, ct. Estragole
Main Constituents: Methyl chavicol (estragole): 73.06%, Linalool: 19.2%
In the 16th century, powdered basil was used to treat migraines and chest infections. The ancient Egyptians believed that it would open the gates of heaven to a dying person, and the Hindus use basil sprigs to protect the dead from evil while in transition between lives. It has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, basil in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for years. Basil is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many recipes today. However, its uses extend far beyond the culinary world. Today, basil essential oil is used to heal various wounds and infections, and as a calming agent to combat inflammation, reduce adrenal fatigue, and treat nerve and muscle conditions.
Some of basil essential oil benefits include:
- Fighting bacterial and other infections
- Reducing inflammation
- Fighting free radical damage
- Stimulating the nervous system and the adrenal cortex
- Increase urination (diuretic)
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Sweet Basil 15 ml
Simply put - we are not doctors, and are therefore not able to make recommendations for treating specific conditions and this includes route of administration of any oil. Essential oils are concentrated distillates of the essence of the plant - like medicine, some are good in small amounts but can be dangerous in large amounts, particularly for small children, pregnant women or the elderly. It is our position that anyone who intends to take essential oils internally should only do so under supervision of their family doctor.