The first thing I think of for basil is relief for COUGHING because it is highly antispasmodic, followed by headache relief and muscle cramping in general.
Current GC/MS REPORT: BAS-1003
Latin name: Ocimum basilicum ct linalol
Plant Origin: Egypt
Botanical family: Lamiaceae
Plant Part: Flowers & Leaves, Organic
Processed: steam distilled
Chemical family: Monoterpenols
Antiemetic-reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
Cephalic – helps clear the head when focus in required
Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
HOW TO USE
Chest Cold/Cough: apply basil in a cream to the chest to help stop coughing or place a few drops in a diffuser and breathe deep.
Headache: For a stress induced headache, rub basil cream around your neck area and on temples. Blending with lavender or peppermint is also helpful.
Nausea: Place a drop of sweet basil on a tissue and inhale deeply to stop vomiting or nausea.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Other ways to use basil:
For respiratory benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser.
To use a carrier, dilute 6-12 drops per ounce of the following: cream, shampoo, or liquid soap. Always dilute in a carrier before adding to a bath or foot soak. Use fewer drops for elderly or children.
CHEMISTRY & SAFETY
CHEMISTRY: Basil has many different chemotypes with vastly different chemistry so it is important to always know the chemotype of your basil oil. This is a linalol type (40%+linalol) and is therefore very skin friendly.
SAFETY: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin and keep away from mucous membranes. If the oil is past it’s “use by” date or stored improperly, it may cause irritation and lose therapeutic value. Avoid basil oils with chemotypes other than linalol.
All information on Pompeii Organics website is informative in nature and not to be construed as medical advice. We are not doctors or medical professionals. We are passionate about aromatherapy and all things healthy and natural. We also believe strongly in the safe use of essential oils. To learn more about blending safely, we have a learning section devoted just to this issue on our Pompeii Organics website: http://www.pompeiiorganics.com/blend-safe/