CREATING YOUR PERSONAL APOTHECARY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: Basil

Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.

 

Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…

 

BASIL

 

A light, peppery oil with clear green notes, basil is cultivated throughout Europe and the United States and is well known herb in many cuisines.

It originated in southern Asia and the Pacific islands, and it’s considered sacred to Krishna and Vishnu, two Hindu deities.

Basil oil is produced from the plant’s leaves and flowers through steam distillation.

 

WHAT IS IT USED FOR

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Insect bites
  • Menstrual issues
  • Migraine and other types of headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nervous disorders

 

HOW IT’S USED

  1. In a bath
  2. In a vaporizor

COMPLEMENTARY OILS

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Caraway
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Neroli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Spearmint
  • Verbena

 

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

Too much basil oil can have a stupefying effect. I should not be used with children younger than 16. Because it can stimulate menstrual flow, pregnant women should avoid basil oil.

Basil oil can also irritate the skin.

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY

MAY ACT AS A SEDATIVE

MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION

NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16

 

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Photo by monicore from Pexels

Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled January 12, 2019

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