Main Constituents: Methyl chavicol (estragole): 73.06%, Linalool: 19.2%
In the 16th century, powdered basil was used to treat migraines and chest infections. The ancient Egyptians believed that it would open the gates of heaven to a dying person, and the Hindus use basil sprigs to protect the dead from evil while in transition between lives. It has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, basil in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for years. Basil is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many recipes today. However, its uses extend far beyond the culinary world. Today, basil essential oil is used to heal various wounds and infections, and as a calming agent to combat inflammation, reduce adrenal fatigue, and treat nerve and muscle conditions.
Some of basil essential oil benefits include:
Fighting bacterial and other infections
Fighting free radical damage
Stimulating the nervous system and the adrenal cortex
Increase urination (diuretic)
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.