Basil essential oil: refreshing & uplifting

Basil is one of the most common herbs. Often used in cooking, you probably have some of this fragrant herb in your kitchen right now.

While you already know basil smells and tastes good, what you might not know is that, when it is steam distilled, a powerfully uplifting and refreshing essential oil is extracted that helps with digestions and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

A native of Asia and parts of Africa, basil plants have soft, tender and bright green leaves. With a flavour similar to that of anise, basil has a strong and sweet aroma. The basil is an annual plant which means, if you’re growing it in your her garden, it will die off each year. In some areas of Australia, however, it is warm enough to grow basil all year long.

Basil essential oil by DoTERRA

One of the things we absolutely love about DoTERRA essential oils is the exhaustive list of essential oils they carry. Basil tends to be a difficult essential oil to find, however, as with most hard to find essential oils, it is one of the many that DoTERRA distills and sells and can be purchased here.

This rejuvenating and uplifting essential oil has a number of uses including:

Remedy for adrenal fatigue: Dilute 3-4 drops of basil essential oil into one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil and apply the blend under your nose, on the back of your neck and to your temples. For even more powerful relief, massage the blend into the bottoms of your feet in the evening before you go to bed.

Earache relief: Add a single drop of basil essential oil to a cotton swab and gently swab the outer part of your ear canal to ease pain and discomfort. Basil essential oil can also be applied to your earlobes and outer ear to speed up recovery of ear infections.

Regain sense of smell: When you find your sense of smell lessening, apply a drop of basil essential oil just under your nose. If a loss of smell is a chronic issue, dilute 3-4 drops of basil essential oil into one tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the mixture into the bottoms of your feet and tips of your toes each evening.

Migraine relief: When a migraine hits, blend 3-4 drops of basil essential oil with 3-4 drops of peppermint of wintergreen essential oil and add the drops to one tablespoon of carrier oil. Using the tips of your finger, massage the mixture into your temples and the back of your neck being very careful not to get any of the mixture in or around your eyes. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after application.

Restore mental alertness: To restore mental alertness and ease the fogginess of fatigue, diffuse 6-8 drops of basil essential oil in your ultrasonic diffuser.

Ease nausea and cramping: Basil essential oil is a powerful aid when it comes to relieving nausea and cramping associated with PMS. Mix 3-4 drops of basil essential oil with 3-4 drops of clary sage essential oil and add the blend to one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil. Once you’ve blended all of the oils together, massage the mixture in clockwise circles over your abdomen.

Restore emotional balance: When you feel a little out of sorts and experience a lack of control over your emotions, diffuse 6-8 drops of basil essential oil in your ultrasonic diffuser.

Treating muscle pain: For sore and achy muscles, blend 3-4 drops of basil essential oil with 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil and add the blend to one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil. Once the mixture is blended, massage it into the affected area.

Blending with basil essential oil

Basil essential oil blends well with a number of citrus essential oils including lime, bergamot and orange. In a diffuser, blending basil and peppermint essential oil creates an appealing and uplifting aroma that will leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. For a relaxing blend, try diffusing basil with lavender essential oil and when you really need to focus, diffuse basil essential oil with rosemary and grapefruit essential oils.

Where to buy basil essential oil

Despite being a popular herb found in many kitchen, basil can be a difficult essential oil to find. Fortunately, this herbaceous oil is available to purchase on Amazon through DoTERRA. Click here to purchase.

Basil essential oil recipes