Botanical Family:Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint)
Extraction Method/Origin:Steam distillation of leaves, stems, and flowers—Egypt, India, Utah, France
Chemical Constituents:Phenolic Ethers: methyl chavicol (or estragole––up to 89%), methyl eugenol; Alcohols (up to 20%): linalool (up to 19%), citronellol, α-fenchol, α-terpineol; Oxides (up to 9%): 1,8 cineol, ocimene oxide; Esters (<5%); Monoterpenes (<4%); Ketones (<2%).
Properties:Antibacterial2, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant3, antiseptic (stomach/intestinal), antispasmodic (powerful), antiviral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting. Basil may also be anticatarrhal, antidepressant, energizing, and restorative.
Common Primary Uses:Autism, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cramps (abdominal), infection (skin), mental fatigue, migraine, muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, snake bites, spider bites, whooping cough, wounds.
Folklore:Considered by the ancient Greeks as the “king of plants,” basil was used to anoint kings. Hindus placed sprigs of basil on the chests of deceased loved ones to protect them from evil and to provide safe passage into the next life. Due to its supposed aphrodisiac qualities, Italian women displayed basil to attract possible suitors, and the men would present the women with basil sprigs.
Historical Uses:Basil was used anciently for respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, and malaria.
French Medicinal Uses:Migraines (especially from liver and gallbladder problems), mental fatigue, menstrual periods (scanty).
Other Possible Uses:This oil may be used for aches/pains, anxiety, bronchitis, chronic colds, concentration, nervous depression, digestion, earache, fainting, fatigue (mental), fever, gout, headaches, hemorrhoids, hiccups, insect bites (soothing), repelling insects, insomnia (from nervous tension), intestinal problems, poor memory, chronic mucus, muscle spasms, ovarian cysts, prostate problems, rhinitis (inflammation of nasal mucus membranes), loss of smell, snake bites, vomiting, wasp stings, and whooping cough.
Body System(s) Affected:Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones.
Aromatic Influence:Helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Application: Apply to temples, tip of nose, Vita Flex Points, and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. May also be added to food or water as a dietary supplement.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment:Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over
Safety Data: Avoid during pregnancy. Not for use by people with epilepsy. It may also irritate sensitive skin (test a small area first).
Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.
Blends With: Bergamot, cypress, fir, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, spruce, wintergreen.
Odor: Type: Top to Middle Notes (20–80% of the blend); Scent: Herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, lively; Intensity: 4.
Frequency: Low (Physical); approximately 52 MHz.