Affectionately known as ‘the royal herb’, basil is packed with goodness for both the mind and body.
Basil essential oil uses
Combine it with a carrier oil to use topically, add a few drops to your bathwater, or use it in your diffuser and enjoy its refreshing scent throughout your home.
If you suffer from tension headaches and stress, blend basil oil with lavender for a soothing combination that will help to relieve your aches and calm your mind. Basil essential oil’s vibrant scent works well in many blends, and it complements peppermint, lemongrass, and bergamot among many other oils.
In Italy, this essential oil is traditionally used by aromatherapists in matters of the heart. Basil is said to help lovers work out problems and live together in harmony. Using it in your diffuser or vaporiser can help to create a warm, loving atmosphere that protects a relationship from lower energies.
Basil oil is often used to deter bugs and midges from entering the house, so it’s a good oil to add to a homemade insect repellent during summer. If you’re creating a citronella candle to burn in the garden on warm nights, add a little basil essential oil for good measure.
Basil essential oil benefits
Basil essential oil is packed with elements that can heal, nourish and protect our bodies as we navigate busy lives. The fragrance of basil is said to help to maintain a positive outlook and to sharpen our senses when we need to focus.
With antibacterial, antiseptic and restorative qualities to its name, basil essential oil is a handy ally against many a minor ailment. Among its many uses, aromatherapists recommend basil oil for treating mental fatigue, muscular aches and pains, cramps, period pains, headaches and nausea.
It’s a great oil to use on your skin too, thanks to its ability to heal minor blemishes, smooth dry skin and leave you with a dewy complexion. That uplifting scent makes this a lovely oil to use on your face in the morning, leaving you with a glowing complexion and a cheerful mood to help you take on the day.
Using basil essential oil as part of your aromatherapy collection is a great way to boost your general wellbeing. Basil helps to calm anxiety, relieve everyday aches and pains and it will even leave your hair feeling soft, so why not add a little to your usual shampoo to give long hair a treat?
Basil essential oil facts
|Botanical name||Ocimum basilicum|
|Plant part||Leaves and flowers|
|Extraction method||Steam Distilled|
|Colour||Golden yellow with slight green tones|
|Strength of aroma||Strong|
|Blends well with||Clary sage, lemon, clove bud, eucalyptus, lime, bergamot, juniper, rosemary and neroli|
|Aromatic scent||Clear, light, herbaceous and refreshing with a subtle woody balsamic backnote and a lasting sweetness|