Basil Essential Oil

Basil Essential Oil

Basil the essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the flowering herb. The "Royal Herb" or the "Good Herb" Basil is related to Mint. It grows wild all over the world in the summer months, in green houses in winter months. Basil is produced heavily in the Mediterranean and the United States and has found its way into nearly every cuisine in the world. Some other forms of basil are Lemon B', Opal or Purple B', and Cinnamon B". Basil has the same aroma as a combination of cloves and anise and can be quite pungent.The scent, they say, is conducive to meditation, and the plant is often used in magic ceremonies. Also a popular culinary herb. In China this herb is known as Luole. Haitian merchants often sprinkle their stores with a composition made of this fragrant herb soaked in water. According to creed this chases away bad luck and attracts buyers. The herb is much used as a love charm in voo-doo practice.

Properties - Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive.

Uses - Basil has been used for colds, memory, digestion, regulating the menstrual cycle, and applied to biles and stings, decogestant of the veins and pulmonary arteries.

Cautions - Methyl chavicol one of the main constituents is moderately toxic, and can be irritating to the skin and may also be carcinogenic. Avoid during pregnancy. Dilute before use.

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