Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Synonym: Sweet basil
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: Native to Asia and Africa
Plant Part: Flowering tops and leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: Fresh, sweet, herbaceous, aromatic, uplifting
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, sudorific.
Mind & Spirit:
- Clears and stimulates the mind
- Clears the head, relieves mental fatigue,
- Increases concentration.
- Useful for insomnia, anxiety, nervous exhaustion and extreme tiredness
- Beneficial for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough
- Relieves sinus congestion, and sinus related headaches and migraines
- Aids in disorders such as vomiting, nausea and gastric spasms
- Relieves menstrual problems and regulates menstrual flow
- Basil also relieves insect bites and aches and pains
Contraindications: May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Best not to be used during pregnancy.
Blends well with:
Bergamot, black pepper, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, rosemary, peppermint, pine, thyme, tea tree
Basil is used extensively in the traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda. It has been thought of as an aphrodisiac for centuries and was a popular ingredient in most diets. It was once also thought to ward off evil spirits in the Mediterranean.