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BASIL (Ocimum basilicum)

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum)


Location: Basil is found in tropical Africa and India. It is cultivated in the Comoro Islands, Egypt, France and Madagascar.


Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves of the plant.


Colour and Odour: The essential oil is colourless, having a very pleasant, rich, refreshing, sweet, spicy green and piercing odour.


Description: A delicate plant growing up to 90cm in height with light green oval leaves and white flowers.


Background: The name is derived from the Greek "basilicon" meaning royal. Basil has a long history of use in India, where it is known as "tulsi" and is held to be sacred to the Hindu gods Krishna and Vishnu.


Properties: Stimulating, uplifting, clarifying, strengthening, antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic.


Precaution: This oil is best used in lower concentrations as it may cause irritation in sensitive people.



Digestive System-Eases vomiting, abdominal cramps and swelling caused by indigestion.


Respiratory System-Useful for sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Basil is also recommended for chronic colds and flu, as well as hiccups.


Nervous System-An excellent nerve tonic, it can be useful for a number of nervous disorders especially those associated with weakness, indecision and hysteria.


Emotion-Basil clears the head, strengthens the memory, aids concentration and can help relieve mental fatigue.


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