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Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil

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Fresh green basil on the wooden table, selective focus

Basil essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves, stem, and flower of the Ocimum basilicum plant of the mint family.

Historically, basil was used for respiratory and digestive problems as well as poisonous snake and insect bites, fever, and malaria. Basil was considered by the Greeks to be “the king of plants” and was used to anoint kings. Hindus placed sprigs of basil on their deceased to ward off evil, and in Italy it was used as an aphrodisiac.

The French use basil for migraines, gallbladder and liver problems, and mental fatigue.

Basil supports the cardiovascular system as well as muscles and bones. It may be used for aches and pains, bronchitis, anxiety, intestinal problems, snake bites, and insomnia.

When used aromatically, it is said to open the mind and increase clarity of thought. It can also be used topically and in cooking.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about basil essential oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, p. 49.

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