Sweet Basil essential oil is probably best known for its use in cooking and as a dietary supplement but you may be surprised to learn that it can also be applied topically.
In fact, it has been known to be very effective both physically and mentally and you may want to consider having some in the house at all times.
Read on and I will share with you some of the health benefits you can receive from this very versatile oil.
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Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".
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This aromatic oil comes from a flowering herb with dark green leaves and green and pink flowers. It is mainly grown in India but also in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, as well as North and South America.
The method used for extraction is steam distillation.
It is known for addressing respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and flu.
It has been used as an antidote for poisonous snake bites; as medication for rheumatic pain or inflammation; to improve circulation, digestion, stomach and kidney ailments.
In the past it has even been used to treat malaria and the plague.
Sweet Basil Essential Oil is an analgesic and is known for providing effective relief from pain.
This oil has shown to be an anti-inflammatory with the ability to reduce joint swelling from arthritis.
Basil can be gently rubbed directly on your skin to soothe inflammation or consumed in a gelatin cap as a dietary supplement.
Take a relaxing bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts.
Apply topically to cool a fever or inflammation.
I am sure I don't have to tell you that Basil tastes wonderful when added to various dishes. I especially love adding it to rice before dishing up.
Take a look in your cook books and wherever they say to add fresh basil you can replace it with 1 drop of oil. If the oil is clinical grade it will be very powerful so 1 drop should be enough.
If you are experiencing nausea, gas or gastric spasms put a drop in your drinking water or tea and drink it to calm your digestive system.
You can also take 2-3 drops in a gelatin capsule and use it as a dietary supplement. Gelatin caps are available through Amazon.
Sweet Basil oil has been used in aromatherapy to awaken
the mind, calm the nerves, and provide clarity of thought. If you are suffering from nervous tension, depression, anxiety, fatigue or insomnia, give one of the following a try.
To treat or prevent a migraine add 10 drops to a half cup of cold water and soak a wash cloth. Wring it out and apply it to your forehead or the back of your neck.
If you want to use it as a compress you can place a dry towel over it and keep it cold with an ice pack.
Sweet Basil can be gently rubbed directly on your skin to soothe a sunburn, a fever, or other inflammation.
If you are suffering from gout, rheumatism or various aches and pains, mix with some carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massage the affected areas. This mixture also works great on spasms: muscles, respiratory and digestive. Or you could apply 1 or 2 drops to your strained muscles to relax them and relieve the discomfort.
If you are like me you can also try adding 10 to 15 drops along with a cup of Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath to ease your pains.
Sweet Basil can be applied to skin and hair to relieve a variety of issues:
Sweet Basil oil has been used in aromatherapy to awaken the mind, calm the nerves, and provide clarity of thought. If you are suffering from nervous tension, depression, anxiety, fatigue or insomnia, give one of the following a try.
Sweet Basil can even be applied to assist with your weight management goals.
The aroma can help you restrict your food intake so diffuse the oil into the air or put some on the back of your hand before each meal.
Other places to apply this oil include the front and back of your ear lobes as well as the back of your neck.
Basil blends well with:
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