Thoughts of cooking might come to mind when you think about basil, but we can also receive some great benefits by utilising this essential oil through aromatherapy. The oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the delicate but powerful herb. Basil is an energising oil that can help you stay focused throughout the day.
The basil plant has a distinct herbal scent and when distilled into the oil we know and love, it becomes a light and refreshing, slightly sweet and clear aroma. Basil blends well with oils like clary sage, bergamot, lime, hyssop, marjoram and lavender.
Basil has a stimulating effect making it useful for relieving mental fatigue and tension headaches as well as creating enthusiasm and alertness. In the far East it is used as a traditional medicine to treat insect bites and, as an antibacterial, it also assists with symptoms associated with the common cold and flu.
Avoid using this oil during pregnancy, Relatively non-toxic, Non-irritant, Possible sensitisation in some individuals, always patch test before topical use.
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