Basil is possibly native to India and has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. It is a half hardy annual plant, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine and, also plays a major role in many Asian cuisines. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often a sweet aroma.
Basil essential oil is favored for:
- Itching – Basil essential oil is used to provide relief from itching due to insect bites and stings. It is said to be very effective in repelling insects.
- Stress – Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect when inhaled. Due to the calming nature of its properties, Basil is widely used in aromatherapy and, is said to be excellent for clearing the mind, promoting concentration and easing headaches and migraines. Basil is used to lift depression, mental fatigue, anxiety, and promote a restful night of sleep.
- Antiseptic – This oil is a tonic and antiseptic and may be useful in treating a variety of minor wounds, cuts and abrasions. It is commonly used for the hair especially when blended with oils such as Rosemary, Lavender and Jojoba.
- Basil oil has a reputation for minimizing uric acid in the blood and may be useful for treating gout.
- Respiratory – A popular choice for treating respiratory problems like bronchitis, colds, and influenza. Basil may help to loosen and remove mucus and reduce fever.
- Aches and Pains – Excellent for use in massage or bath to bring relief to overworked muscles, and other muscular aches and pains.