The health benefits of basil essential oil include its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, diabetes, etc. Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Leaves and seeds are the important medicinal parts of this herb, which has gained prominence in recipes all over the world. Basil has been extensively used for culinary purposes in the Mediterranean region and still forms the active ingredient of many Italian recipes such as pesto. It is also used in making pasta and salads.
Basil has been widely used by ancient cultures such as India for medicinal purposes (Ayurveda). The herb was used for diarrhea, coughs and mucous discharges, constipation and indigestion, and skin diseases.
Antidepressant: an agent that prevents or counteracts depression.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Astringent: a substance that draws tissue together, restricting the flow of blood.
Deodorant: Any agent acting to eliminate, reduce, mask, or control odor.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Nervine: acts upon or affects the nerves; quiets nervous excitement.
Safety Warning: Moderately toxic. Possible carcinogen. Avoid during pregnancy or if history of high blood pressure. May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid if prone to seizures. Avoid if history of estrogen-dependent cancer. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.