PORTRAIT

You want to deal with stress in a positive way, and Inshanti’s basil ct. linalol essential oil, also known as “sweet basil oil,” can help you do so. Whether you’re breathing it in, massaging it on as part of a mix with carrier oil, or even cooking with it, the sweet smell will lift your spirits and propel you forward to tackle any problem that tries to slow you down.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Flowers, Leaves
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenols
Country of Origin: Egypt
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Spicy, sweet and fresh with a balsamic woody undertone
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Offers energetic protection
  • Brings clarity to the mind
  • Emotionally uplifting

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Anti-emetic – reduces the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
  • Cephalic – remedy for the head (in this case, clears the head)
  • Expectorant
  • Immune support

HOW TO USE

Cooking:  If you want to add the flavor of basil in your cooking, add a toothpick’s amount to homemade pasta, salads, soups, and sauces for an authentic spicy flavor.

Coughing: Massage into chest area to suppress coughing. See recipe in recipes tab.

Digestive Issues: Massage into belly to relieve bellyache and other digestive issues. See recipe in recipes tab.

Menstrual Cramps: This is a great blend to calm menstrual cramping. See recipe in recipes tab.

Muscle Pain: Massage into sore tight muscles.See recipe in recipes tab.

Stress Reduction: Relief for stress and anxiety. See recipe in recipes tab.

Tension Headaches: Massage into neck area to help relieve tension headaches. See recipe in recipes tab.

 Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Basil Blend

5 drops basil ct. linalool

4 drops frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

3 drops black pepper

4 drops lemongrass

1 oz. carrier, lotion or trauma oil

Directions: Blend all ingredients in 1 oz. container. This is an excellent blend to relieve digestive issues, muscle pain, arthritic pain, tension headaches, and menstrual cramps. Massage into affected area.

 

Stress Less Massage Blend

3 drops basil ct. linalool

4 drops roman chamomile 

2 drops bergamot

2 drops vetiver

1 oz. carrier oil

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a 1 oz. empty bottle. Use as a massage oil.

 

 

SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

Basil essential oil is considered a strong support for the brain and the head. It is reported to clear the head, relieve intellectual fatigue, and give the mind strength and clarity. It may be used for all types of nervous disorders, especially those associated with weakness, indecision, and hysteria. Basil is recommended for those who need emotional protection: For example, if you are dealing with a debilitating illness and low-resistance levels, nervous exhaustion, or a change in life resulting in feelings of vulnerability, basil will bring a calmness and strength to your mind so you can approach the future with more confidence.

Basil is a wonderful oil to use for stress-related headaches. Basil also has antispasmodic properties and so can be healing for the respiratory system, including relieving sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, influenza, and coughing. Those same antispasmodic properties mean basil can relieve digestive issues and soothe muscle pain and cramping.

When premenstrual or menstrual pain strike, basil may be useful as a compress or in the bath because it is known to be an emmenagogue (a substance that induces menstruation) and antispasmodic.

Don’t forget to try basil oil in culinary applications where it adds a pronounced, rich flavor. As with all essential oils, it is quite potent – the difference between 2 and 4 drops in a dish can mean the difference between appreciating its sublime flavor and tasting only sweet basil!

References:

  1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  2. Davis P. Aromatherapy A-Z. New revised edition, C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
  3. Lawless J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Elemental Books Limited, England, 1995.
  4. Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998

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