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Basil Oil Benefits, What Does It Do?

Mar 01, 2023

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How about witnessing the adventure of Basil, which is considered the most sacred of plants in classical Indian medicine and is presented to the Gods, and is known as the "herb of kings" that kings and Egyptian pharaohs did not want to leave with them throughout their lives and even after death? In this article, we share with you the well-known story of Basil, which has been widely used from Ancient Egypt to Hindu priests for thousands of years due to its healing essences for the soul and body. So let's start...

Basil, which grows in a wide geography from Indonesia to the USA, adapting to climate and environmental conditions, is an annual plant with long stems and oval leaves that can reach a height of approximately 50 cm. Its homeland is thought to be Africa and Asia. Basil wreaths found in the burial chambers of ancient Egyptian pyramids, Hindu priests accepting the plant as sacred and anointing the king with basil to bless the king during throne ceremonies give us an idea of ÔÇőÔÇőhow far back the Basil plant goes. It is known that kings used wreaths made of Basil flowers to benefit from its scent that gives strength and clarity to the mind. It is also said that basil is one of the first plants used in Ayurvedic medicine for snake and insect bites and skin problems.

When we come from Ancient Egypt to 16th century Europe in the adventure of Basil; Basil oil, which fascinates everyone with its spicy, mind-blowing and appetizing heart note and scent, has recently begun to be produced in Europe. Basil, which is among the indispensable ingredients of French and Italian cuisine, is a widely used essential oil almost all over the world as of today, with its scent and unique aroma that strengthens and clarifies the mind. Let's take a look at the effects of this fascinating oil, which entered the medicines, bedrooms and kitchens of kings, on the soul and body.

What is Basil Oil Used for?

Benefits of Basil Oil
Hindu priests who surrounded their temples, homes and gardens with Basil were wise about its benefits. In this way, they could rest their minds and make them clear. Thousands of years later, young European girls planted basil flowers in front of their windows to send the message that they were ready to be an adult and responsible mother. Basil essential oil is still widely used today due to its positive effects on the soul and body. Those who use basil oil to calm their minds with this noble scent, increase concentration and elevate their mood continue this ancient tradition dating back thousands of years. Of course, basil oil and its uses are not limited to these. Let's take a look at the benefits and uses of basil oil in a few items.
    • 1. Basil essential oil, which has antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties in the physical area, helps reduce cellulite in massage applications.
    • 2. Its anti-cramp property is mentally relaxing along with its relaxing effect on the muscles.
    • 3. Basil oil promotes restful sleep.
    • 4. It supports the mind to dream by calming and purifying the mind. For this reason, it is often preferred in meditations. Thus, it is known to facilitate meditative movements in deep and concentrated states.
    • 5. In skin care, its healing insect bites and insect repellent properties come to the fore.
    • 6. Effective synergistic blends can be created with other essential oils for lethargy and burnout.
    • 7. It is effective against stress, headaches and lack of concentration when mixed with other natural oils.
We answered the question of what basil oil is used for in general terms. Now, let's look for answers to questions such as what are the benefits of basil oil for the skin and how to use basil oil for weak hair that breaks and does not grow.

Benefits of Basil Oil for Skin

We mentioned that basil oil is used for skin problems in Ayurvedic medicine. Just like thousands of years ago, basil oil is widely used today as a natural solution to insect bites.

The mixture of Basil, Grapefruit and Lavender oils that you will prepare on the basis of sesame oil helps to eliminate the appearance of cellulite with massage applications. Basil oil is preferred for oily skin. You can moisturize and care for your skin by adding a few drops of Basil oil into a carrier base oil and help regulate sebum balance.

Especially sensitive and dermatitis skin should not apply pure basil oil. For this reason, we recommend that you dilute basil oil with a carrier oil. You can check out the Alfheim Essential Oil Dilution Table for the correct dilution rates according to the area of ÔÇőÔÇőthe skin to be applied. Additionally, Alfheim Tamanu Carrier Oil and Basil oil can be preferred as 100% natural and effective care products for acne.

Benefits of Basil Oil for Hair

Those looking for support for oily hair should consider basil oil. Add 20 drops of unscented Alfheim Base Shampoo and Basil oil and mix. If you want to make the scent more effective and beautiful, you can also add Lavender and Geranium oils. After shaking and waiting for 10 minutes, you can wash your hair with Base Shampoo with basil oil added. After leaving the shampoo on your hair for 2-3 minutes, you can rinse and care for your hair. You can also choose the same mixture for hair that breaks and does not grow.

How to Use Basil Oil?

Basil oil can be preferred in massage applications, topical and regional applications, and ambient scenting. The thing to be careful about is that it should not be applied pure to the skin. Basil oil must be diluted in massage or topical applications.

To benefit from basil oil in the spiritual field, try scenting your environment and belongings. You can use Aroma Lamps, diffusers and mist sprays for this.

Musculoskeletal System (Muscle Tension, Pain, Stress): The synergies of Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Cedar, Sage and Clove oils are effective. Add the above essential oils in equal proportions into the fixed-carrier base oil and mix for 10 minutes. Apply to your skin with gentle massage movements. You can check the ratio of essential oils in the total mixture from the Alfheim Essential Oil Dilution Table according to the area to be applied. For example, you should not exceed 1% for the face area.

Nervous System (Stress, Headache, Lack of Concentration, Fatigue): The synergies of Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Mint essential oils are suitable and effective. You can smell these essential oils, mixed in equal proportions, by dropping them into an aroma lamp or diffuser, and increase the energy of your environment and your mood.

After sharing other essential oils and their areas of use that form effective synergistic mixtures with basil oil, we will come to the answer to the question of how to make basil oil.

How to Make Basil Oil?

How to Use Basil Oil

Basil oil is obtained by distilling the stem, stem and leaves of the plant by steam distillation. Alfheim offers you 100% pure and natural essential oils, which are carefully produced in distillation units complying with ISO and GMP standards.

Two types of basil oil are widely used in the world. The type known as Exotic Basil or Comoran Basil is obtained from the type of basil grown in the Comoros Islands, Madagascar and South Africa. Its use is frowned upon due to the high estragole content it contains. CT Linalool Basil Oil produced in the Europe-Asia region, which is the most common alternative of this type, should be used. You should not forget to ask about the origin and type of basil oil before purchasing it. Just visit the Aromatherapy category to experience and review all our 100% pure and natural essential oils. Hope to meet again on another adventure.

Benefits of Basil Oil

Basil oil has been considered a valuable herb in many cultures throughout history. This aromatic oil has many positive effects on mental and physical health. Here are some important benefits of basil oil:

  • Mental Clarity and Concentration : The refreshing aroma of basil oil increases mental clarity and strengthens concentration. With these features, it is an ideal assistant in stressful times or busy working periods.
  • Skin Health : Thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, basil oil is effective against skin problems. It offers a natural solution for insect bites and skin irritations.
  • Muscle Relaxer : With its anti-cramp and muscle-relaxing effects, basil oil can be added to massage oils and is good for body aches.
  • Improving Sleep Quality : Thanks to its relaxing properties, basil oil can be used against insomnia problems. When used in a diffuser before bed, it helps provide a more peaceful and comfortable sleep.
  • Hair Health : Basil oil, which is especially beneficial for oily hair, can improve hair health by balancing the scalp.

Frequently Asked Questions About Basil Oil

  • Can basil oil be applied to the body?
  • Yes, basil oil can be applied to the body, but it is recommended to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying directly to the skin. It can especially be added to massage oils to benefit from its muscle relaxing and stress reducing effects.

  • Can you drink basil oil?
  • Taking basil oil orally is generally not recommended. Since essential oils are in high concentration, a healthcare professional should be consulted before drinking. In general, aromatherapy and topical use are safer.

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