My favorite herb is also one of my favorite essential oils.
Sweet Basil (Latin name Ocimum basilicum) is native to tropical Asia and has naturalized and grows wild all around the Mediterranean region of Europe where it thrives in the sunny weather.
Sweet Basil is in the mint family and has a sweet anise-like aroma. It has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for colds & flues.
There are 5 different chemotypes of Basil essential oil; I use the Sweet Basil ct Linalool variety because of it is a fresh herbal scent and is considered safer to use in aromatherapy. Sweet Basil works well for both diffusing & inhalation. (It has a strong scent so use in moderation or it will be overpowering in your blend)
Sweet Basil essential oil may be useful for:
anxiety & stress.
nausea, including motion sickness.
Use a low dilution for topical applications. May irritate sensitive skin. May inhibit blood clotting.
Avoid if you are pregnant , breastfeeding and for children under 5 years of age. Not recommended for extended use
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice. Essential oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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