Basil Essential Oil

Latin Name: Ocimum Basilicum

The word basilicum comes from the Greeks and means ‘Royal’. It was considered the king of herbs. It’s seeds were used for medicine. The roots were made in to beads and worn around necks and arms, and the seed were made into Rosaries. One legend was that the leaves were placed on the breast of the dead to help open the gates of heaven.

Emits a warm, sweet, freshly floral and crisply herbaceous scent that is further characterized as airy, vibrant, uplifting, and reminiscent of the scent of licorice.

  • Antiseptic
  • Antidepressant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative (relieves flatulence)
  • Cephalic
  • Digestive
  • Emmengogues
  • Expectorant
  • Febrifuge
  • Nervine
  • Adrenal Cortex Stimulating
  • Stomachic
  • Sudorific
  • Has tonic properties
  • Bath oils, diffusers, perfumes, roller balls, massage oils and can be beneficial when inhaled using aromatherapy jewelry.
  • Massage Oils can be used on the stomach area and around the kidney to assist with the digestive system.
  • Skin creams and lotions, as well as diluted in carrier oils and used for the skin to help clear toxic skin.

Blends well with:

  • Lavender
  • Citrus
  • Geranium

The scent helps with clarity of thought and feeling, making it a good oil to use in a blend assisting with focus and studying.

It is soothing to the troubled mind and heart and will do well in aromatherapy treatment for depression.

Use Basil Oil sparingly and with caution. High doses may be carcinogenic especially for those basils that contain a significant amount of methyl chavicol (Eugenole).

Avoid during pregnancy. Not suitable for young children.


PLEASE NOTE: Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.

We are not medical doctors and if you are currently on any sort of medication or treatment prescribed by your medical practitioner, please check with them first before attempting any of the therapies or treatments suggested in this course.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your medical practitioner before using any of the essential oil blends suggested here, as some are not suitable to be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

The suggestions and remedies on this website are recommended with adults in mind and may not be suitable for young children as their senses, and skins are very sensitive and can cause allergic reactions.

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