Basil belongs to the genus Ocimum, derived from the Greek ozo which means to smell, in reference to the strong odors of the species within the genus. In French, it is frequently given the name “Herbe Royale,” revealing the positive light in which it is viewed. It is sometimes referred to as “the king of herbs,” and its name may have been derived from the Greek basileus, or king.
Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck.
Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, and it is also cooling to the skin. When diffused, Basil helps promote focus and a stress-relieving experience.
Basil is native to areas in Asia and Africa and grows wild as a perennial on some pacific islands. Basil was brought from India to Europe through the Middle East in the sixteenth century, and subsequently to America in the seventeenth century. The basil variety tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum, previously Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred herb in the Hindu religion. For this reason, basil is often referred to as “holy basil”.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Basil Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Basil?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
- Contact me now and I’ll tell you all about it personally. It’s free, you have no obligation, and I promise–no…I guarantee–it will be worth your time.
- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “basil essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Diffuse to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading.
- Massage with wintergreen and fractionated coconut oil on back of neck for a stress-relieving experience.
- Take a drop internally to provide soothing support during menstrual cycle.
- Add to your favorite Italian dishes for a refreshing taste.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, herbal
Main Chemical Component and Chemotype: Linalool