Basil Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions – 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 (ocimum basilicum) oil smells like Italian food and if you use it topically, so will you. (So eat first.)
It is mostly used for respiratory, muscular, and joint support, but what makes the 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 are much greater than what we find in dried or even fresh leaves.
- Soothes sore muscles and joints
- Assists with clear breathing
- Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
- Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings
Emotionally and spiritually, basil essential oils are helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiousness, 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 stress (me, thankyouverymuch).
Basil blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, White Fir, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Wintergreen essential oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Cilantro, Spearmint, Thyme, Rosemary, and Wild Orange.