Ocimum basilicum

Basil essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the basil plant. In dietary uses, basil is a good source of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. In aromatherapy, a popular use for basil is for mental stimulation and focus. It's antiviral and antibacterial properties is what makes it a favorite for natural cleaning.

Aroma: sweet, herbaceous

Blends with: lavender, geranium, bergamot, juniper

Properties: antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic

Uses: bronchitis, congestion, digestion, flu, gout, insect repellent, muscle aches, mental alertness, tension relief, flavor enhancer

Methods of Use: apply small amount to nose and temples, apply to stings or bites, add to food or drinks

Cautions: use sparingly, may cause skin sensitivity, avoid use if liver problems exist