Many problems of the respiratory system can be helped immensely by Basil Sweet Essential Oil. There are some areas where it can help particularly well, like clearing the sinuses and promoting circulation everywhere. It can be fantastic for the respiratory system. This is why it is used to successfully treat asthma, hay fever, colds, flu, and bronchitis. It can also help promote digestion. When used in a warm bath it can help with muscular and menstrual pains, gout, and arthritis. This oil also works double duty when it comes to insects because it can be used as an insect repellent, as well as helping to relieve insect bites and stings when applied after dilution. In massage therapy, the massage therapists will use it to help soothe and uplift their patients to alleviate the tension and stress they might be experiencing.
Basil Sweet Oil is named after its Greek origins which mean ?royal remedy? or ?king?. Native to Africa and Asia (India specifically), there are many cultures that have incorporated this oil into many of their rituals. Just a few examples of this are in ancient Egypt and in the Hindu culture. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that this oil would aid in opening the gates of heaven to those who had passed on. In the Hindu culture they use Basil sprigs as a way to protect the dead from those things and people who are evil while they are transitioning between their lives. Even the Western European lore used this oil for special reasons like using it to make holy water for the Eastern Orthodox Church, even though it was sometimes considered evil by some. Also, in the 16th century, the people would use basil in powdered form to help treat their migraines and chest infections.
Scientists have found that some oils have a high concentration of methyl chavicol, which is a suspected carcinogen. Because of this, Basil Sweet Oil should be used sparingly and with some caution. High doses in the body can be harmful. It should also be avoided if there are any known liver problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does this pair up nicely with in blends? The best oils for blending with Basil Sweet are Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, and Verbena. However, know that Basil is one that can easily dominate a blend, so start small when adding and slowly work your way up.
How does this oil smell? Basil Sweet oil smells very similar to the herb with its sweet-spicy aroma. It is still very fresh and has an undertone that is woody with a faint balsamic scent.
How and where is the oil extracted? Like most oils, the plants are usually processed and have the oil removed with steam distillation. With the basil plant, the oil comes specifically from the leaves and the flowering tops of the plant. The color of the oil is not green though as one might expect; it is actually pale yellow to amber.