Basil Linalol Essential OilIn India, basil was so revered that they dedicated it to Vishnu, a Hindu God, and is regarded as the reincarnation of Vishnu’s wife, Lashkimi, the goddess of fortune and beauty. Indeed, the plant and basil essential oil deserve all the adoration it receives due to its powerful effects that can be both beneficial to your body as well as your mind. Pliny recommended basil against jaundice and epilepsy, and as a diuretic. It was also known as an aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was prescribed for melancholy and depression. Basil’s strengthening, stimulating and restorative properties help to ease mental, emotional, and physical fatigue and, when added to a base oil and rubbed into the body, remove weariness from tense, tired muscles. Its restorative properties are said to ease headaches, respiratory infections, sinus problems, asthma, and flu.
A Summer Oil for the WinterWhat’s truly impressive about basil is its restorative properties during the cold seasons. When temperatures begin to drop and the air begins to dry, our respiratory system begins to feel the full force of Fall and Winter. Luckily, basil is very effective when it comes to sinus congestion, bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough. This is all due to basil’s natural antispasmodic properties that make it a natural ally to the respiratory system. Basil’s sudorific and febrifuge properties mean that the oil is a natural immune system booster and a great at combating a fever. Mix 3 drops of basil and 3 drops of lavender with 1 tablespoon of Therapeutic Carrier Oil. Massage the chest, throat and back with this combination.
Basil Essential Oil For the MindBasil is one of the finest essential oils for our healing and relieving our nervous system. For long, draining days, it is one of the best essential oils at relieving mental fatigue, clearing the head, and giving the mental strength and clarity to continue to perform. Due to these traits, basil is recommended to those with low levels of defense such as people with debilitating illnesses, nervous exhaustion, and those who may be in a weak and vulnerable state of mind. – Mix 2 drops of basil, 2 drops of rosemary and 1 drop of cardamom with 1 teaspoon of Therapeutic Carrier Oil, massage your temples and the back of the neck. – Just put 3 drops of basil on a cotton pad and inhale from it, allowing the pungent scent to clear your mind.
Emotional BoosterBasil’s emotional healing properties are also incredibly versatile. Fear, anger, and mental fatigue are all factors and emotions that we have to deal with on a daily basis and can make basic processes harder. Basil essential oil helps clear the mind allowing for better decision making. Its uplifting properties can help boost a lack of confidence, diminish negative thought processes, and even increase awareness of one’s surroundings. It is even effective when in extreme states of stress such as depression and hysteria. Basil can be used when you start feeling mental tiredness during the peak hours of the day, or it can be used at the end of the day to help calm down, relieve stress, and clear the mind to be strong for the next day. Fill your room with the uplifting scent of basil essential oil combined with orange and lemon essential oils.
The Love PotionBasil essential oil is considered a potent aphrodisiac essence. Throughout history, it has gained a reputation as a love potion. This essential oil is used to awaken the senses and cause excitement of the most basic sexual instincts. The essential oil of basil can be used to awaken a love relationship whose interest and intensity have waned, or when desire is lost due to anxiety or lack of experience. Put some drops of basil, ylang-ylang and bergamot essential oils in your diffuser and fill the room with the scents of love. Get Basil Essential Oil now to help you during the cold seasons, to clear your mind, and to even spice up the bedroom.
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References: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded by Valerie Ann Worwood
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