Basil essential oil is actually steam distilled from fresh basil leaves, stems, and flowers to form an extract that contains high levels of antioxidants. The aromas is soothing and helps to calm a tired mind and soul. There are many healing properties of basil essential oil. Right from soothing the mind, to refreshing a tired you and enhancing focus and attention or just calming you. There are many healing properties basil essential oil.
Healing properties of Basil Essential Oil
Basil was one of the important ingredients used in Ayurveda to treat congestion, indigestion, and skin illnesses. Ayurvedic texts mention making a paste of basil leaves and applying on the forehead to cure headaches and migraines. Their natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic, and diuretic properties help to cure congestions and chest ailments.
Here are some healing properties of basil essential oil that can help you in your complete wellness. One thing to keep in mind is that basil oil should never be applied directly on the skin or hair without mixing it with a carrier oil. Some of the carrier oils that you can consider are coconut, sweet almond, jojoba, marula and sesame oils.
Let’s look at the different ways you can use the healing properties of basil essential oil in your daily life.
Healing ways to use basil essential oil for wellness
Basil oil has been use for skin carem hair care and wellness. In this post I am listing a few ways that can help you use basll life in your daily routine.
For Skin Care
For Sore Muscle: Mix a few drops of bail essential oil with a choice of your carrier oil and apply on affected area and massage gently. Apply a hot towel wrap or a compress for extra comfort. You can apply this on sore muscles and joints for extra comfort. Massage very gently with low pressure strokes for additional comfort.
Get rid of the fatigue: Feeling low and lethargic? Is fatigue overpowering you? Mix a few drops of basil oil with a carrier oil and massage gently focusing on the marma points to get instant relaxation. Put a pair of socks and let the oils work its wonders while you sleep. You can also apply the oils to the temples, forehead and chest for faster relief from fatigue. When massaged on the temples, shoulder blade and back, it helps to melt away the stress.
Explore Calmness: Add a few drops of the basil essential oil to the diffuser well and keep it in your room at least 30 minutes before you retire to bed. It would make the atmosphere of your living spaces calmer and ensure a fitful night’s sleep.
Relive anxiety: Basil is known too have sedating properties, its warm and spicy aroma has been used for healing through the times of Ayurveda. It is one of the most important oils that helps to reduce the feelings of anxiety and tension.
For Heath Care
Provides Wound Treatment and Prevents Infections: Basil oil has been long used to treating skin cuts, wounds, and infections. Because of it antibacterial and antiviral properties, it’s always good to have a bottle of bails essential oil at your home for any emergencies.
Acne Treatment: I’ve shared the recipe of a toner in this post. Dab generously on a cotton swab and at the problem areas and to soothe skin. Coconut oil is the best carrier oil for this acne treatments.
Cold and Flu Treatment: Basil essential oil can help fight bacteria and viruses in the body. It is since time immemorial; from the time of Ayurveda regarded as go-to natural cold and fever remedy. Add a few drops in the diffuser well or add a few drops to a pot of boiling water, switch off the gas, cover your head with the towel and inhale the steam to remove congestion.
Make your own mouth cleanser: Add a few drops of basil essential oil to your mouth wash for enhanced oral care and better oral health.
For Home Care
Make your own room fresher: In a spray bottle mix distilled water with 30 drops of basil essential oil and any other oils of your choice. Spritz in on your linen and living areas for an invigorating fragrance in your living spaces.
Make an insect repellent spray: Mix a few drops of basil essential oil of the oil in a pump bottle with some distilled water to make your home repellent free. You can also use these on plants to keep those pesky insects away.
For shiny and itch free hair: Mix a few drops of basil essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut, warm it a bit and massage on the scalp to boost the blood circulation. Move from the scalp to the length of the air. Let it stay for at least an hour before you wash it off with a paraben free and SLS free shampoo.
Basil is a powerful essential oil. Never use it topically without mixing it with a carrier oil and it is potent and very strong and can cause skin and hair damage.
Basic Essential Recipes you can make with Basil essential Oil
Natural Cleansing Spray
Ditch those chemical laden cleaners and opt to make your own cleaning solutions that can clean windows, kitchen platforms and glass. Bail essential oil is packed with cleansing properties that will keep the flies and insects away.
- 3 cups of distilled water
- 30 drops of lemon essential oil
- 20 drops of basil essential oil
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 5 drops of eucalyptus oil
Combine all these ingredients in a glass spray bottle; avoid using a plastic spray bottle. Shake well before use and you can use these to clean the kitchen platforms, glasses and a general home cleaning agent. You can also clean counter tops, taps and more. While these are oils that I use, you can also add oils eucalyptus and lavender or any other essential oil of your choice with basil to make your own natural cleaning spray.
Mood Enhancing Boost
- 8 drops of basil essential oil
- 9 drops of orange essential oil
- 4 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
Feeling low? Add these essential oils in a diffuser well and let your nerves soothe down! It’s guaranteed to add a boost and uplift your mood. Add these essential oils to a diffuser whenever you need a boost.
Focus Enhancing Boost
- 3 drops of lemon essential oil
- 3 drops of basil essential oil
- 2 drops or rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops of Lavender essential
Mind wandering and need some to focus? Add these essential oils in the diffuser when you want to enhance focus and attention. These are perfect for kid’s studies when they are studying.
Nourishing Basil Body Massage Oil
- 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (jojoba.marula/almond/sesame or coconut)
- 10 drops of basil essential oil
Mix this in a copper vessel and double boil it till the oil is warm. Do not microwave it as it will lose its properties of nourishing your body. Massage with firm strokes all over your body and let it stay for at least an hour. Wash off with warm water with a sulphate free body wash.
Healthy Face Toner
- 10 drops of basil essential oil
- 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
- One cup of distilled water
- One pump bottle
Essential oil for beauty? The healing properties of basil essential oil will fix it for you to give you smooth skin. Make your own spritz of toner to get this done. Mix all of these ingredients together and store in cool dark place. Use as a toner or a cleanser to wipe off the impurities of the environmental pollution of the day.
Precautions while using basil essential oil
Disclaimer: Always consult a health care practitioner first before using basil essential oil alongside your medication or treatment.
When you opt for natural remedies, you promote overall health and holistic well-being in the long run. Basil is a powerful essential oil. Never use it topically without mixing it with a carrier oil and it is potent and very strong and can cause skin and hair damage. These are some of the healing benefits of basil essential oil. Do you know of any that I may have missed? Leave a comment and let me know!