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Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil



The health benefits of basil essential oil include its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, and diabetes. Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.

The leaves and seeds of the basil plant are the important medicinal parts of this herb, which is regularly used in cuisines and recipes all over the world. Basil essential oil is popular in Europe, Central Asia, India and Southeast Asia. The oil is extensively used for culinary purposes in the Mediterranean region and still forms the active ingredient of many Italian recipes such as pesto. It is also used when making pasta and salads.

Basil was widely used in ancient times in place like India for various medicinal purposes (Ayurvedic medicine). The herb was used to treat diarrhea, cough, mucous discharges, constipation, indigestion, and certain skin diseases.

Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

The health benefits of basil essential oil include the following:

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Cosmetic Applications: Basil essential oil is used topically and massaged into the skin. It enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. As a result, it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also commonly used to treat the symptoms of acne and other skin infections.

Digestion: Basil essential oil is also used as a digestive tonic. Since basil oil has carminative properties, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It also has colic qualities and is therefore used to alleviate bowel pain.

Illness: Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from colds, influenza and associated fevers. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is frequently used to treat symptoms of whooping cough.

Respiratory: Along with its function in relieving coughs, it can also be used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

Infections: Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, and bladder infections due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections that attack the body and can enter the body through other wounds.

Stress Disorders: Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect when smelled or consumed, so it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Due to the calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy.  Regularly using this essential oil provides mental strength and clarity.

Blood Circulation: Basil essential oil improves blood circulation and helps to increase and optimized various metabolic functions of the body.

Basil essential oilPain Relief: Basil essential oil is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil is often used in the treatment of arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, sprains, and headaches.

Eye Health: It is ophthalmic and can quickly relieve bloodshot eyes.

Vomiting and Nausea: Basil essential oil can be used to prevent vomiting, particularly when the source of the nausea is motion sickness, but also from many other causes.

Itching: Basil essential oil is also a good treatment for itching from bites and stings from honey bees, insects and even snakes.

Word of Caution

Basil essential oil and basil in any other form should be avoided by pregnant, breastfeeding, or nursing women. On the other hand, some people suggest that it increases milk flow, but more research needs to be done.

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Basil essential oil blends well with bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, geranium, lime, lemon, hyssop, juniper, eucalyptus, neroli, marjoram, rosemary, melissa and lavender.

List of Essential Oils with their Health Benefits

Further Reading:
http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/health/Herb/Basil.htm
http://houseofstrauss.co.uk/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=309
http://www.rsiwarrior.com/essentialoils.html

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  1. Natural Magick Holistic Health and Well-being says:

    Some great information on Basil Essentail oil – Please remember I personally do not recommend you should not take essentail oils internally but basil is a plant so get growing and cooking.

  2. Sarah Griffiths Finnigsmier says:

    Take a look at this information on Basil Essential oil!! Awesome stuff everyone!!

  3. Deborah Leow says:

    The scent of Basil essential oil, is so uplifting and fresh. Love it.

  4. Omar Teflon says:

    I will be planting right now cheers.

  5. Krishnadath Maharaj says:

    Coconut Oil If it is difficult to process, then people could drink the water and eat the nut.Don't forget the hearth of the tree an essential vetable in cooking.

  6. Krishnadath Maharaj says:

    Although I use clove oil for tooth ache and a pain reliever rub.I have now confirmed the other uses which I was doubtful about. Basil is also great people should make use fo these essential Oils.

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