Basil Essential Oil
GC/MS Key Constituents:
1.8 - cineole 7.17%
germacrene D 1.96%
Plant Origin: Egypt
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves, stems and flowers.
Selah blends that contain Basil oil:
The essential oil of Ocimum basilicum (Basil) helps keep bowel movements regular (Schnaubelt, 180).
Ocimum basilicum [basil] essential oil is suitable for headache and migraine treatment (Price, 267).
Basil essential oil has been shown to repel attacking insects such as houseflies and mosquitos (Price, 101; 104).
To help relieve inflammation and pain of arthritis/rheumatism, Basil may be applied twice daily (Price, 268-269).
Bronchitis, fatigue, colds, loss of concentration, migraine, gout, aches and pains (Worwood, 397).
[Basil]’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a must-have when treating ailments such as the flu or the common cold (Althea Press, 276).
Antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, arthritis, bronchitis, bug bites, circulatory health, cold, cough, diabetes, earache, ear infection, fatigue, flatulence, flu, gastric ulcers, gastric upset, gout, headache, high cholesterol, mental alertness, muscle pain and stiffness, respiratory infection, rheumatism, sinus infection, stimulant, tension (Althea Press, 277).
Demonstrated peripheral and central analgesic effects related to inhibition of pain mediators as well as interaction with opioid receptors (Buckle, 202-3).
When combined with sweet orange and applied daily for 8 weeks, there was a 43 to 75% reduction in [acne] lesions (Buckles, 272).
Acne, abrasions, insect bites and stings, repellent, hair tonic, bronchitis, colds, influenza, reduce fever, loosen mucus, relieve cramps, appetite stimulant, expel gases, hiccups, heartburn, nausea, gastroenteritis, muscle aches and pains, minimizing uric acid, gout, concentration, ease headaches, migraines, depression, hysteria, mental fatigue, insomnia, anxiety (Purchon, 35).
Antidepressant, chest infections, digestive problems, jaundice, aphrodisiac, headaches, migraines, colds, mental fatigue, respiratory infections, bronchitis, whooping cough, antispasmodic, tired, tight, overworked muscles, breast engorgement, mouth ulcers, gum infections (Davis).
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Topical: Apply diluted to affected area as desired.
Ok for children 6+ with proper dilution.
Pregnancy safe with extra dilution.
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Inhalation: Diffuse or rub a drop on palms and inhale.
Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.
Internal: Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.
However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (Schnaubelt 96).
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.
Not for people with epilepsy.
Potentially cartinogenic, based on estragole and methyleugenol content; may inhibit blood clotting.
Should not be used on infants and small children.
If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.
Do not put essential oils inside your ear canal.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995), p. 96.
Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (2012).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition (2014).
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012), p. 101, 104, 267-269.
Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (2011), p. 180.
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012).
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice (2003).
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z (2000).
Althea Press. Essential oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing (2015).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).
Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (2011).
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