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Basil - The Mockingbird Apothecary & General Store

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

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Basil essential oil is known to calm and clarify the mind, soothe a migraine, and relieve respiratory concerns. It is reputed to ease minor skin irritations due to acne or eczema, and help the discomfort associated with cramps, joint pain, muscular aches, spasms, and stabilize irregular menstruation.

Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint); Egypt; Steam distillation of leaves

Properties: Anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (stomach/intestinal), antispasmodic (powerful), anti-viral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting; Basil may also be anti-catarrhal, anti-depressant, energizing, and restorative

Body Systems Affected: Cardiovascular system, muscles, bones

Aromatic Influence: Helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought; Basil has a warm, sweet, freshly floral and crisply herbaceous scent that is further characterized as spicy, anise-like, camphorous and reminiscent of the scent of licorice

Other Possible Uses: This oil may be used for aches/pains, anxiety, bronchitis, chronic colds, concentration, nervous depression, digestion, earache, fainting, fatigue (mental), fever, gout, headaches, hemorrhoids, hiccoughs, insect bites (soothing), insect repellant, insomnia (from nervous tension), intestinal problems, poor memory, chronic mucus, muscle spasms, ovarian cysts, prostate problems, rhinitis inflammation of nasal mucus membranes), loss of smell, snake bites, vomiting, wasp stings, and whooping cough

Historical Uses: Basil was used anciently for respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics and malaria 

Folklore: Considered by the ancient Greeks as the "king of plants", basil was used to anoint kings. Hindus placed springs of basil on the chests of deceased loved ones to protect them from evil and provide safe passage into the next life. Due to its supposed aphrodisiac qualities, Italian women displayed basil to alert possible suitors and the men would present the women with basil sprigs 

French Medicinal Uses: Migraines (especially related to liver and gallbladder problems), mental fatigue, menstrual periods (scanty)

Blends With: Bergamot, birch, cypress, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, wintergreen

Directions for Use: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for internal consumption fy the FDA (21CFR182.20)

  • Dilute one drop of basil oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or 4 oz of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk)
  • Use 6-8 drops in a diffuser of your choice
  • Apply diluted to temples, tip of nose, flex points, and/or directly on area of concern
  • May also be added to food or water as a dietary supplement (1-2 drops)

Safety Considerations

  • Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
  • Do not apply undiluted to skin as it may irritate sensitive skin (test area first)
  • The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
  • Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing
  • Not for use by people with epilepsy
  • You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis
  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
  • Stop using this product if you suspect an allergic reaction
GC/MS Report: The analysis of our Basil batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Ocimum basilicum. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in the GC/MS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced on the date of analysis.