Basil Essential Oil- not just for cooking anymore!
Part or the M-Grain Migraine relief formula.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers
What is the ORAC Value? 54,000 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo, Clove oil has the highest ORAC measurement of any plant !
A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.
This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.
- Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol – This plant contains strong antispasmodic properties and is grown in Reunion, Comoro and Egypt. Also known as estagole CT. This basil oil is used in the Raindrop technique.
- Ocimum basilcum CT fenchol – This plant contains antiseptic and neurotonic properties. Grown in Germany.
- Ocimum basilcum CT eugenol – This plant is an anti-inflammatory and used for pain (topically). It is grown in Madagascar.
- Ocimum basilcum CT linol – This plant is stimulating to the liver, tonifying and antiflatulent. It has been used for depression and coronary weakness.
Where is the name derived from? The Greeks referred to basil as "King of Plants"! From this reasoning, basil comes from a Greek word "basileum" meaning "king".
What is the Genus Species? Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol
Why is this information important? There are seven different chemotypes of basil and over 40 varieties of basil. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting basil essential oils!
Why is this information so important? Because Young Living utilizes only the most powerful farming and growing techniques to yield the most effective products in the world. Young Living grows,havests, distills, all of their own plants on the largest herb fields, with no chemicals. Its a company you can absolutely trust.
Most Amazing Historical Use?
Did you know that Basil is contained in Hildegard’s Medicine Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. Wow!
What are the Plants Properties? Antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, decongestant (prostate, lungs, veins), stimulant (digestive, liver, adrenal cortex and nerves).
What are the Documented Basil Benefits and Uses? Migraines, insect bites, throat/lung infections, mental fatigue, menstrual periods (scanty), hair (dandruff), aches and pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, bronchitis, insect repellant (housefly and mosquito) and bites.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and can help one be clear in mind.
Use it to re-energize yourself about a project especially when there is doubt or distrust involved. In this case, it can be particularly uplifting! It has a strong herbaceous scent.
What Chakra is Affected? The root, sacral and soar plexus chakras are opened yielding to more energy and strength.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green.
How is it used?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of pure Olive oil). Can be used straight without dilution or diluted less, depending on your needs and tolerance, Then,
- Apply several drops (2-4) on location
- Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
- Diffuse, or
- May be used as a dietary supplement by putting a drop in an empty capsule.
- Use in a hot bath.
- Place a drop inside the cheeks for fastest absorption.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Basil essential oil has no known contraindications. It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) and allowed as a Food Additive (FA) for internal consumption by the FDA.
However, those with epilepsy should avoid using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. Children under 6 years old should not use basil as a dietary supplement.