Basil is More Than Just A Flavoring For Food
Until very recently the only thing I thought basil was good for was seasoning my roasted chicken or to spice up my spaghetti sauce. However, I've come to realize that basil is an amazing herb which includes about 200 species of various varieties grown around the world.
Basil essential oil, derived from the Ocimum basilicum plant, is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many recipes today. However, its uses go far beyond the culinary world. Today, basil essential oil also called “sweet basil 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.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, basil has been used in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for years. In the 16th century, the leaves were used to treat migraines and chest infections. Centuries ago, Italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors.
Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil benefits include:
- Fight bacteria
- Fight infections
- Reduce disease-causing inflammation
- Fight free radical damage
- Fight viruses
- Relieve congestion
- Increases urine output
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Stimulate the adrenal cortex
Fresh basil herbs are also beneficial and a great way to flavor recipes, but basil essential oil is much more concentrated and potent. The compounds found in basil oil are distilled by steam from fresh basil leaves, stems and flowers to form an extract that contains high levels of antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals.
If ingesting basil, besure to use only a pure therapuetic high grade essential oil. Scented Home Fragrances use kosher certified, organic certified and vegan certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.
According to a 2014 review published by the Department of Phytochemistry at the Indian Council of Medical Research, basil oil has been effectively used as a traditional medicinal plant for the treatment of headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms, kidney malfunctions and more.
The benefits of basil also include the ability to fight bacteria and odors in foods and on skin, so basil oil can be found in foods, beverages, dental and oral products, and fragrances.
Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.
You can use basil essential oil to get rid of bacteria from your kitchen and bathroom, prevent contamination, and purify the air. Put a few drops of basil oil in a spray bottle with water and wipe down all the surfaces in your home.
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