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32+ Benefits and Uses for Basil Essential Oils

32+ Benefits and 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. Yes, basil oil (ocimum basilicum CT linalol, to be exact) smells like Italian food and if you use it topically, so will you. (So eat first.)

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

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. It is mostly used for cardiovascular, muscular, and joint support, but 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!

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. We've used them for everything from the First-Day-of-High-School jitters (my son) to Learning-to-Drive-a-Stick anxiety (me, thankyouverymuch).

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils 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 lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality 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 what to look for in safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Basil Essential Oils

Traditionally, basil essential oils use these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precaution: Avoid during pregnancy (stick with basil leaves in cooking instead). Not for use by anyone with epilepsy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for Basil Essential Oils

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Addiction
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.

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

Autism
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 as needed.

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

Bursitis
Massage into the areas of inflammation and pain. Yes, it'll make you hungry for caprese.

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.

Cooking
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. That's no bueno.)

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

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

Earache
Dilute one drop of basil essential oils with 3 drop of carrier oil and massage behind, over and around the ear. Alternately, you can drop a couple drops on a cotton ball and place over the ear. Do not use essential oils IN the ear. Big no-no.

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

Frozen Shoulder
Mix with a pain relieving 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.

Healing
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 or around the area.

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

Infertility
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. Fennel oil is also said to be good for this.

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

Migraines
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 an antiviral blend.

Muscle Spasms
Massage into the inflicted area. Consider using a pain-relieving blend as well.

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

Nervousness
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. You know, AFTER you've seen a doctor.

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

Transition in Labor
Massage into the lower back and 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.

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



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