32+ Uses for Basil Essential Oils

32+ Uses for Basil Essential Oil (from earaches to spider bites and more), by Sustainable Baby Steps

Not all basil essential oils are created equally, but a high quality brand with an emphasis on purity has some incredibly potent properties and a multitude of uses.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties of pure basil oil include:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Decongestant (especially for circulation through the lungs and prostate)
  • Diuretic
  • Disinfectant (urinary and pulmonary)
  • Stimulant for the nerves and adrenal cortex
  • Uplifting

Basil itself is also said to be anticatarrhal, antidepressive, energizing and restorative.

Emotionally and spiritually, basil essential oils are helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiety, fear, or nervousness, and has been said to be the oil of "renewal". It is strengthening and calming to the heart and mind, making it perfect for overwhelm, stress, fatigue, and may even assist a person in their efforts to overcome addiction.

What makes the essential oil so much more powerful than the leaves is simply the potency. The compounds found in the oil of the steam distilled leaves, stems and flowers is much greater than what we find in dried or even fresh leaves.

Some of the incredible studies that have been done on basil essential oils show benefits such as strongly inhibiting drug resistant bacteria (Opalchenova et al, 2003), reduced mutagenesis in bacteria cells (Beric et al, 2008), found to have an antioxidant effect on chronic bronchitis when mixed with rosemary, fir and eucalyptus (Siurin, 1997), and was found to be insecticidal against cowpea weevils when diffused or powdered (Keita et al, 2001).

And it just makes sense doesn't it? That Nature has provided us everything we need to thrive!


The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands.

Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Basil Essential Oils

Traditionally, basil essential oils use these application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

How to use essential oils!

aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
internal applicationInternally - NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
topical applicationNEAT - Can usually apply the oil without dilution, directly to the skin. However, it's always a good idea to test your own skin first, as sensitive skin types may react.

Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.

Precaution: Avoid during pregnancy (stick with basil leaves in cooking instead). Not for use by anyone with epilepsy. Possible skin sensitivity may occur.


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for Basil Essential Oils

The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Diffuse, apply over heart and solar plexus, or inhale from the bottle as desired.

Adrenal Fatigue
Massage one drop of oil and three drops of coconut oil into the feet or over the adrenals nightly.

Amenorrhea (Absence of a Menstrual Cycle)
Apply basil essential oils as directed above to the ankles and heels of the feet and over the lower abdomen.

Use aromatically by diffusing or inhaling from the bottle or cupped hands as desired.

Massage one drop of oil and three drops of coconut oil into the feet nightly.

Insect or Bee Bites/Stings
Dilute the basil essential oils with three drops of carrier oil and massage into the bites 1-3 times a day.

Diffuse the oil throughout the room or home, add a 1-2 drops to a steam tent or bath and massage into the chest.

Massage into the areas of inflammation and pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dilute with 3 drops of coconut oil and apply to the affected area. Massage toward the shoulder, putting moderate pressure along the tendons and muscles as if "stripping".

Chronic Fatigue
Use basil essential oils topically on the feet or by diffusing them aromatically.

Add 1-3 drops to a sauce or water. (We suggesting using it in a way that can evenly mix the oil throughout the recipe to avoid one giant flavor patch on something like rice or fish.)

Cramps (Abdominal)
Can be taken internally (such as within capsules) or massages into the inflicted area.

Use to prevent infection by diluting and applying to the area.

Dilute one drop of basil essential oils with 3 drop of carrier oil and massage behind, over and around the ear. Do not use in the ear.

Use aromatically or massage over solar plexus and heart as needed.

Frozen Shoulder
Mix with Deep Blue essential oil blend and a carrier oil and massage into the area once a day.

Greasy/Oily Hair
Add a drop to your shampoo or mix with baking soda, water and apple cider vinegar and shampoo as normal.

Use topically, on the base of the feet or over the area of concern when indicated.

Hiatal Hernia
Gently massage topically over the area.

Incisional Hernia
Gently massage topically over the area.

Induce Sweating
Use with or without dilution depending on your skin sensitivity to help cleanse the lymphatic system.

Diffuse throughout the home for 20 minutes a day and apply topically around the reflex points of the ankles and feet and over the reproductive organs.

Lactation (Increasing)
Massage a single drop into the breasts, always moving toward the lymphs under the arms.

Mental Fatigue
Diffuse aromatically to uplift and stimulate the senses, or massage into the toes and feet.

Diffuse aromatically to relief pain or massage into the temples, base of neck and over the areas of pain.

Mouth Ulcers
Add a drop to water and rinse the mouth 1-3 times a day as indicated. You might also consider adding a drop of lemon essential oil and a drop of OnGuard.

Muscle Spasms
Massage into the inflicted area. Consider using Deep Blue essential oil blend as well.

Muscular Dystrophy
Massage topically over the body, and into the reflex points of the feet (described here).

Inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in the palms of your hands, cup over nose and moth and breathe naturally for several minutes.

Olfactory Loss (Sense of Smell)
Use aromatically by sniffing the bottle, diffusing, etc as well as topically over the reflex points and over the sinuses (be careful to avoid the eyes and test for sensitivity first).

Ovarian Cyst
Diffuse throughout the room for 20 minutes a day or inhale from a steam tent, and massage over the ovary itself 1-2 times a day.

Schmidt's Syndrome
Massage topically into the reflex points of the feet.

Snake Bites
Dilute lightly and gently apply to the area.

Spider Bites
Apply a single drop the area (dilute for sensitive skin).

Transition in Labor
Massage into the lower back, into the reflex points of the feet during labor transition.

Viral Hepatitis
Use aromatically by diffusing or inhaling when indicated, and massage into the feet and over the body.

When indicated, gently apply to the area of concern or over the reflex points for the feet and hands.

Other possible uses include: any respiratory, digestive and kidney issues, fevers, epidemics, malaria, liver and gallbladder problems, menstrual regulation, anxiety and depression, chills, colds, fainting, insect repellant, memory and alertness, nasal inflammation, hiccups and more. Just take a look at the properties above to get an idea of more uses for basil essential oils.

In addition to basil essential oil, also consider trying Cilantro, Spearmint, Thyme, a muscle/joint blend, Rosemary, Wild Orange or check out other essential oils here.


None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Where to Buy Basil Essential Oil

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