Updated: Jan 9
The History of Basil
Basil Essential Oil is procured from the leaves of the Ocimum basilicum botanical, better known as the Basil herb. This plant received its name from the Latin word basilius, which means "royal plant". Due to this, Basil is also known as the Queen of Herbs or l'herbe royale, meaning "royal herb" in French.
Several religions and spiritual beliefs practice rituals emphasise the importance of Basil. In Judaism, traditional stories advocate the value of Basil for increased grit and determination during times of fasting. In a number of Orthodox churches, Basil is often used to either sprinkle or prepare holy water. In addition to this, pots of the herb are usually placed below church altars to pay reverence to the belief that it was discovered blooming around the grave of Jesus Christ. According to other belief systems, such as ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, Basil was buried with those who had passed away, as it was believed to have protective qualities that may help them on their spiritual journey to the afterlife, guaranteeing their safe arrival at the pearly gates of Heaven.
The Basil herb throughout history, believed to have a fortifying effect on a person's mind and emotions, has been used for various applications and was therefore made in multiple forms, including dried powders, teas and oils. The natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-depressant, and diuretic qualities of Basil made it a frequent feature in the traditional medical practices of Asia and was deemed to be sacred.
Basil belongs to the Lamiaceae family and this culinary botanical's seeds and leaves usually found their main uses in cooking, as it was reputed to kill harmful bacteria and odours and added great flavour. Basil and its derivatives were common ingredients in Italian food, such as pizza, pasta, and salads. Today, they remain ideal for supporting skin, hair, and kidney health, soothing headaches, head colds, coughs, stomach spasms, diarrhoea and constipation.
Basil in Numbers
A 10ml bottle will only cost you £1.50, and a whole kilogram works out to be £31.96! These are excellent prices for an oil that boasts remarkable properties. When it comes to price, Basil scores a...
Basil Essential Oil emits a warm, sweet, freshly floral and crisply herbaceous scent that I can only describe as airy, vibrant, uplifting, and reminiscent of the smell of liquorice. I find the scent to be rather refreshing; therefore, it scores a...
This oil is strong. If you use this oil in a diffuser it's scent won't be overpowering but you'll recognise its unique fragrance. When it comes down to strength, Basil scores an impressive...
Basil oil enhances the appearance of dull-looking skin and hair.
It is commonly used to treat the symptoms of acne and other skin infections.
Since basil oil has carminative properties, it can be used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps, and flatulence.
It is useful in providing relief from colds, influenza, sinus infections and associated fevers.
Using this essential oil regularly provides mental strength and clarity.
It is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil helps with arthritis, sports injuries, surgical recovery and headaches.
Basil essential oil can prevent vomiting, mainly when the source of the nausea is motion sickness, but also from many other causes.
As you can see, Basil has a variety of uses but not as many as other oils I have come across, and therefore it scores a...
Basil is, without a doubt, one of the most popular essential oils. It is still widely used around the world for both cuisine and therapeutic reasons and has been blessed with a pleasant fragrance. Basil essential oil scores a solid...
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