Basil essential oil, derived from the Ocimum basilicum and Ocimum sanctum plants, is belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint plant family, which includes about 200 species of various basil botanical varieties and forms grown around the world. Basil essential oil has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of health concerns. With a naturally sweet, warm, spicy and herbal smell, it can be used in multiple ways both internally and topically. It has been used in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for several years
Here’s how you can start using basil essential oil at home today
Aromatically: Basil essential oil can be diffused throughout your home using an oil diffuser or vaporizer. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or rub several drops into your palms and then place your hands over your face to inhale.
Topically: Basil oil should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio before applying to directly to your skin. Since it’s a potent oil, start very slowly and use several drops at a time. Basil oil can sometimes cause skin reactions to people with sensitive skin, so avoid using it on your face, neck or chest before making sure you react positively
Internally: The FDA recognizes pure basil oil as safe for consumption (by 21CFR182.20), but this is ONLY the case when using 100 percent therapeutic-grade, high-quality oil brands. Purchase your oil from a reputable seller and check the ingredient label carefully. You should only look for an oil that is made from the Ocimum basilicum,. You can add a drop to water or take it as a dietary supplement by mixing it with raw honey or into a smoothie. Basil oil blends well with bergamot oil, black pepper oil, cedar wood oil, fennel oil, ginger oil, geranium oil, grapefruit oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, marjoram oil and neroli oil