Updated: May 20, 2019
Basil is an unlikely powerhouse of an essential oil for support, from anxious feelings and the physical manifestations that result from them. For a few months after receiving my incredible Every Oil Kit from doTERRA, I really didn't know what to use Basil for, other than flavoring my cooking in pastas, pizza, and sauces!
In Italian culture, basil was used as a sign of love. Placing a pot of basil on a balcony meant that a woman was ready for her suitor to come. If the man arrived with a sprig of basil, then the woman would fall in love with him. Wearing basil on his person signified that a man had serious intentions for a woman he was courting.
One of the most universally applicable oils, basil is from the Greek word meaning "king," and ancient Greeks believed it opened the gateways to heaven.
I learned of the tremendous benefits of Basil essential oil and realized it was something I really needed, and that many of us could use. Emotionally and physically it supports renewal, from a variety of symptoms such as mental fatigue, adrenal fatigue, loss of sense of smell and symptoms of work addiction.
Our Western culture puts a lot of focus on working and this leads many to burn out (including myself in 2017) and anxious feelings as a result of adrenal fatigue. Basil diffused at work would help to bring more balance between personal life and work endeavors, very much needed in the U.S.! The symptoms of adrenal exhaustion are the primary areas that are improved by Basil, such as fatigue, low energy, being overwhelmed and the inability to cope with life's stressors.
I started to use Basil as a daily support for adrenal exhaustion and saw great results. I used it daily in the morning on the bottoms of feet and adrenal glands (lower back) and saw much improvement in my energy and overall attitude, it helped to clear any nervousness and anxiousness. Now I have healed so much that I only use it as needed if there are any flareups.
Basil relieves headaches and migraines, as it's used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue, while giving clarity and mental strength.
What makes this oil universally applicable is that it supports all of our body systems! Physical, mental, spiritual and emotional states. From PMS & menstrual issues, to earache, to migraines, muscle spasms, to nausea, to bug bites, it supports in healing. It supports the respiratory tract and is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. Another system it supports is digestion, with cases of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramp, it's also good when used for menstrual problems.
Basil is mostly known for how it helps with focus and those in deep mental strain, as it provides optimism and helps for recovery from negative habits.
The recovery from negative habits is especially true for the symptoms of work addiction. Basil may also assist in giving up false stimulants or help with substance abuse. This use of Basil intrigues me the most, as it shows there are natural tools in plant medicine that can help us from addictions. It helps restore natural rhythms and balance in the body, such as proper sleep, activity, rest, by increasing natural energy. In a word, we could call this the oil of renewal!
Chemical Constituents Linalool, Methlchvicol, Eugenol (Learn more about the chemical constituents in doTERRA's chemistry wheel). Linalool is a calming property, also found in lavender.
Aromatouch Massage Blend, Past Tense Tension Blend
How it smells
Warm, spicy, herbal
Diffuse Basil to promote a sense of focus while working (with a citrus oil - yum!), studying, reading, or completing other tasks that require mental clarity
When you're at the fork of the road and need to make a decision, use Basil on temples
The oil of renewal, diffuse throughout the day to support anxious feelings and uplift from depression.
Apply to temples and behind ears to reduce feelings of tension
For adrenal support apply to lower back (adrenals) in the morning and take 1-2 drops internally in a veggie cap
The weary soul who needs optimism and revival would benefit most from Basil. Diffuse with Grapefruit or apply to lower back.
For uncomfortable periods or lack of, women should take 1-2 drops of Basil in a veggie cap everyday until pain subsides
Massage Basil with Wintergreen and Fractionated Coconut Oil for a stress-relieving experience
Apply this topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes
Basil supports healthy immune response when taken internally
For digestion and gastrointestinal health take 1-2 drops internally in a veggie cap
For tense muscles, mix 1-2 drops in lotion before applying
When traveling, make a cooling and refreshing facial spray (like a DIY Evian!). Basil oil acts as a powerful cooling agent for the skin and can bring a sense of relief when you need it most. Add 5-10 drops each of Basil and Grapefruit to a 2 oz amber glass spray bottle with rose water, shake to combine and store in fridge until you leave.
Ways to use
Apply 3-5 drops over adrenal glands (lower back) or on bottom of feet in the morning and before bed. Use in cooking wherever basil is needed! Start small with 1 drop and build from there since it is concentrated. Here's a Roasted Marinara Sauce recipe!
Blends well with
Lime, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Bergamot, Serenity Restful blend, Grapefruit, Red Mandarin, A great diffuser blend is to blend Basil with Lime, Bergamot, and Peppermint (2-3 drops each)
How do you use Basil? What do you love it for?
How to order
If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Order Basil here. Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.
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** Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.