Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Basil essential oils - Origin:
Basil was used in baths and body massage by ancient Greek nobles for its fragrant perfume. The Egyptians used the Aromatic fragrance in their offerings to the gods and also mixed it with essences of myrrh and incense to embalm bodies. In India it is believed to offer protection to the soul and is sacred to the Hindu gods, Krishna and Vishnu.
Description of basil essential oils:
Native of Africa and the Seychelles and now grown as a popular culinary herb in Europe , it can grow up to 3 feet in height and has small white flowers. The essence is distilled from the leaves and is light greenish yellow with sweet green overtones.
Basil oils Therapeutic Effects:
- Ideal as a nerve tonic
- To lift fatigue, anxiety and depression.
- Also good for bronchitis, colds, fever, gout and indigestion and reputed to soothe snake bites.
Basil oils Uses:
- It has both cold and hot qualities. When used in the bath or smoothed over the body it has an invigorating effect - great for sluggish skin and pepping up circulation.
- Combined with other oils such as Thyme, it also acts as a powerful antiseptic.
Cautionary Note about basil essential oils:
A powerful depressant if overused. Also best to avoid during pregnancy.
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