A Little Bit About… Basil Essential Oil
What comes to mind when you think of basil? Yummy Italian food? Pesto? Maybe Thai basil in a tasty green papaya salad? Food is the first thought, right? How about stomach aches or muscle spasms? What about colds or coughs? Not the first thing that basil brings to mind are they?
Yes, basil is an awesome herb that grows in our gardens or sprouts mysteriously at the grocery store, but it can do so much more than tickle our taste buds!
Did you know basil can grow up to 51 inches tall? That’s over 4 feet, for any of us not mathematically inclined. It’s in the mint family. Who knew? It’s Latin name is Ocimum Basilicum – the basilicum part stands for royal or kingly. Why do you think that is? Basil has religious significance in many churches where it is used to prepare holy water or is placed below altars. It was used historically in Europe, India, and Egypt to help the dead travel safely and reach God. Tulsi, holy basil, is revered in Hinduism. Basil is a special plant that’s influence crosses continents.
Basil essential oil is excellent for all digestive system issues. It’s a kitchen herb, thus supports digestion. Think stomach upsets, elimination issues (both constipation and diarrhea), anything that happens in the alimentary canal from mouth to anus.
Basil is a very strengthening oil. It’s such a delicate plant, but it can help you find fortitude in your life big time. Maybe that’s because it strengthens your nervous system, and all physical roads lead to your nervous system at some point.
It’s great for muscle issues and bone pain, so it’s a go to for me with injuries, both chronic and acute. I also like it for the muscle spasms women get with menstrual cramps. Also, it can be used for the muscular tension accompanying a headache.
Basil’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial constituents make it excellent for all colds and coughs and the like. I’ll use it for sinus stuff, throat stuff, lung stuff.
Basil supports circulation in the body, so supports the veins and arteries, along with the lymphatics. It’s helpful to the heart. It’s a blood purifier and facilitates detoxification. I love to use it during a cleanse, to help the process along.
Going beyond the mere physical Basil is great to help us ground and connects us into the Earth. It looks like a fragile plant, with leaves that are so easily bruised, but wow does it pack a powerful punch! Basil teaches us about love and self-love. It is excellent for detoxing on all levels, not just the physical. It is one of the best for clearing out stuck emotional issues.
I use 4 different types of Basil essential oils with my clients. I have Basil Exotic, Sweet, True, and Holy – all with different uses and applications. They are all so different from each other in smell, taste, and feel. It blows your mind to compare them. Pretty amazing that each species is so unique. When you get down to it and connect with the plants, the spirits of the plants, in your own self-healing journey, it can be pretty cool to experience the nuances in all the various species. Find which one is just right for you. I personally am completely enraptured with Basil Exotic right now!
If you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can support your health physically, emotionally and spiritually, check out my bi-weekly Discover Essential Oils classes, available online and in Aspen. Click here to find out about the classes. We play with the oils, learn about the plants, historical uses, and how to use and apply them for yourself.