Basil

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.

 

Indications:
Mind & Spirit:

  • Clears and stimulates the mind
  • Clears the head, relieves mental fatigue,
  • Increases concentration.
  • Useful for insomnia, anxiety, nervous exhaustion and extreme tiredness


Body:             

  • 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.
Note:    Top
Blends well with:
Bergamot, black pepper, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, rosemary, peppermint, pine, thyme, tea tree

Traditions:
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.

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