Here is a quick article on Basil or (Ocimum basilicum)
Inhaling her intoxicating scent…she moves through me, quickly through my mind, that ‘Great Wing’ and then down through my throat clearing every passage I have forgotten in the quickly moving tides of life.
It is serendipitous my exchange with SWEET EGYPTIAN ORGANIC BASIL.
As she descends into my heart chakra…I KNOW HER.
I remember her.
It is no wonder she is a Goddess oil from ages past, long revered.
She is memoristic. “Nothing clears the mind like basil, it is memoristic.” ~ Jeannie Rose, one of my 20 some teachers along the path to herbal and aromatherapy education.
Basil has proven anti-bacterial qualities, the following is from an article on Pub Med:
Basil can have an antibacterial effect.
Lab studies have demonstrated that basil has antibacterial properties; this may be because of the volatile oils it contains, which include estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene.
Basil restricts the growth of numerous bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Preclinical studies have also shown that Tulsi and some of its phytochemicals eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, myretenal, luteolin, β-sitosterol, and carnosic acid prevented chemical-induced skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers and to mediate these effects by increasing the antioxidant activity, altering the gene expressions, inducing apoptosis, and inhibiting angiogenesis and metastasis. The aqueous extract of Tulsi and its flavanoids, orintin, and vicenin are shown to protect mice against γ-radiation-induced sickness and mortality and to selectively protect the normal tissues against the tumoricidal effects of radiation. The other important phytochemicals like eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, and carnosic acid are also shown to prevent radiation-induced DNA damage. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23682780).
According to Julia Lawless: “Oil of basil may be the best nerve tonic, it clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue and gives the mind strength and clarity.”
We can see it is good to lift depression and clean the cobwebs that can occlude the light from getting in and lifting the accumulated layers and fatigue that can weigh someone down and make things seem futile.
Its Greek name means “king’s herb.” It was revered in both ancient Greek and Roman times. In India, it is associated with Lord Krishna. From a plant with such a historic and meaningful past, we can expect a profound quality.
It lowers uric acid in the body, higher levels of uric acid are common in those who suffer gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
It can be used (diluted 2% into carrier, blended with other essential oils) to relieve migraines or menstrual cramps. It has excellent pain relieving qualities and also is an anti-inflammatory.
It is a good choice for earaches, bronchitis and colds.
It is helpful for dyspepsia and nausea.
It is in ArcAncient’s WiseWoman blend, Happy Belly, as well as in the Muscle Ease and our ‘Pain Reliever’ Salt blend.
As a skin tonic, it clears the skin and is also a tonic to the system, clearing and supportive for the kidneys.
Basil blends well with: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Peppermint and Rosemary.
There are basically three different types of Basil used in aromatherapy, it is estimated that there are 50 to 150 species of basil.
We use mainly, Sweet Basil at ArcAncient, because of its efficacy and safer use in Aromatherapy.
You can also dilute basil in an aromatherapy diffusor or add to bath (why we add it to our salt blends.)
DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT!
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum L. or Ocimum tenuiflorum L.), Sweet Linalool Basil ((Ocimum basilicum) and Tropical Basil. All these types of basil are from the Lamiaceae or Labiatae—Mint Family.
How much does it take to produce basil?
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) 0.02-0.04% (Essential oil yield from plant material, flowering herb)
3500 Kilograms (kg) = 7716.17918 Pounds (lb)
1(kg) = 2.20462 (lbs)