All information comes from my wonderful teacher Liz Fulcher and her data sheets on essential oils for the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.
Today I want to share the healing properties of a plant many of us think of as a cooking herb: basil, specifically sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Basil doesn’t just smell amazing and taste delicious in pasta dishes. Basil essential oil is helpful for a variety of health needs.
Now, the first thing to know with basil essential oil is that chemical properties can vary from oil to oil. It’s important to know exactly what properties your basil oil possesses for maximum effect. (This is where a certified aromatherapist can help ;).
Basil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It is also a wonderful digestive aid and helps the digestive system to overcome nausea and vomiting. It’s also great for chest colds as it has expectorant properties.
Wonderful physical benefits aside, basil also helps with mental and emotional health (which, as we think holistically, we know to also be a part of the body!). Basil helps to increase confidence and motivation and is great to boost mental clarity and happy emotions.
So remember all this next time you add basil leaves to your favorite dish! No wonder it’s such a favorite!
How do you like to use basil in food and around the house?
What basil benefit are you most interested in?