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Basil (Ocimum basilcum)

What is Basil?

Basil is native to India, China, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. It was originally domesticated in India, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years.  Basil has a history of being used for mild nervous disorders and in the form of snuff to alleviate nervous headaches. When the leaves of sweet basil are boiled as a tea, it will stop vomiting and alleviate nausea. Alongside its healing qualities basil is great for flavoring soups and stews. 

What makes the essential oil so much more powerful than the leaves is simply the potency. The compounds found in the oil of the steam distilled leaves, stems and flowers is much greater than what we find in dried or even fresh leaves.

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Aroma

Sweet, herbaceous and licorice-like

Plant Properties

Antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, decongestant, diuretic, disinfectant and anti-inflammatory

Benefits

Eliminating diarrhea, reducing cough, mucous discharges, constipation, relieving indigestion, remedies certain skin diseases, stress disorders, and pain relief.

Blends with:

Bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, eucalyptus, geranium, lime, lemon, hyssop, juniper, lavender, marjoram, neroli, peppermint, rosemary and wintergreen oils

 

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