• Basil - Ocimum basilicum

    Originating from the tropical Asia and Pacific islands, basil is now cultivated worldwide. The herb and the oil, are highly valued in plant based medicine around the world.

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    Energising and resorative.
    The oil has a sweet, spicy, green, slightly balsamic smell and is colourless or a pale yellow colour.

    Women's health
    For absent or scanty periods, especially related to debility and stress. Antispasmodic action eases menstrual cramps.

    Mental health
    Its balancing, reviving and strengthening effect relieves mental exhaustion, nervous anxiety and depression. Good for headaches, insomnia and loss of libido due to tension and overwork.

    Relieves wind and indigestion due to stress. Antiseptic properties help treat gastroenteritis and other intestinal infections.

    Soothes coughs and can help restore sense of smell. Restorative after prolonged periods of illness.

    Muscles and joints
    Useful for gout and rheumatic pain.

    See 'Safe Use of Essential Oils' article

    Bath, massage, diffusion, compress or inhalation.

    Blends well with: Bergamot, chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon grass and rose.

    Potentially toxic over time. Do not use over prolonged periods or in concentrations over 2%. Avoid during pregnancy.
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