Basil (Holy Basil)

Ocimum sanctum


THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-bacterial, insecticidal, immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory

AFFINITY FOR: liver, central nervous system, circulatory system, skin, respiratory system, digestive system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual


PART UTILIZED: leaves and flowering tops

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Holy basil should be very well diluted with carrier oil for topical application. It can be applied to areas of concern as well as the soles of the feet. Holy basil, very well diluted, can be used for skin health and to enhance the complexion.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Holy basil has a distinct, fresh, herbaceous aroma with both cinnamon and clove-like accents. It is high in eugenol, the phytochemical that gives both clove and cinnamon oils their distinctive notes. Diffused, holy basil adds a preventative quality to the environment. The scent of holy basil is said to deter insects when diffused.

EMOTIONAL – SPIRITUAL – MENTAL ASPECTS: In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil is considered a purifier of the mind, body and spirit. Holy basil can be used for anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. In can act as a stress reducer without being a sedative. Some sources indicate that holy basil, like other basils, will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention.

PHYSICAL ASPECT: Holy basil has been reported to possess anti-bacterial and insecticidal properties. Applied diluted to the skin, it aids in circulation. Some sources indicate that holy basil can be useful in relieving the pain of peripheral neuropathy, arthritis and other joint diseases. Holy basil is also used for the relief of headaches and sore throats. Holy basil also contains ursolic acid, a compound that has been shown to provide some protection to liver enzymes that deal with the breakdown of fats in our diet. Blood levels of cholesterol have been reported to decrease after using holy basil.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Holy basil blends well with lavender, clary sage, thyme, cedarwood, geranium, orange, and rosemary.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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