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BASIL
Sweet Basil

(Ocimum Basilicum)


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    BASIL HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    MULTIPLE VARIETIES OF BASIL

    There are over 150 varieties of Basil grown around the world for their distinctive flavor and essential oil. This informational discussion will primarily discuss Sweet Basil (Common Basil) with an occasional brief discussion about Holy Basil (Tulsi), an Ayurvedic herb, similar names, entirely two different plants that should not be confused.

    Bush and Sweet Basil have tender bright green foliage. These leaves give off a spicy, clove like aroma. Sweet Basil leaves have a stronger smell than bush and the leaves are a bit smaller. Both types have small, white, flowers in autumn. The leaves are usually the part used for medicine and food. The seeds and roots are seldom used, but they can be. In India, Basil is one of the most important plants, second only to lotus. The first century AD Roman naturalist Pliny reported that basil relieves flatulence, he also recommended smelling Basil in vinegar for fainting. American colonists considered Basil the essential ingredient in a snuff used to ease headaches.

    Fresh basil leaves have a unique aroma not even approximated by any other herb, making them an essential ingredient in cuisines of countries all over the world. There are hundreds of species and their hybrids marketed as basil, but the herb most commonly used in herbal medicine is the Mediterranean or "Sweet" Basil (although arguably Thai Basil is sweeter). Basil produces its essential oils in glands in its leaves that have to be activated by UV-B rays from the sun; the best quality basil is grown in hot, sunny climates.

    Sweet Basil Blue Spice Basil
    Mammoth Basil Dark Opal Basil
    Genovese Basil Italian Large Leaf Basil
    Thai Basil Cinnamon Basil
    Spicy Globe Basil Purple Basil
    Bush Pine Leaved Basil Lemon Basil
    Lime Basil


    BASIL HISTORY, OLD MYSTICAL LEGENDS & SUPERSTITIONS

    Basil is an aromatic annual, native to tropical Asia and Africa and introduced into Europe in ancient times. The herb grows to a height of two to three feet and is now widely cultivated not only for its medicinal properties, but also for its culinary value as a flavoring agent. The high esteem in which this herb is held may be derived from its word origins. Its English name and botanical specific may come from the Greek, basilikon, meaning king, or the Latin basilicus, meaning royal.

    Once believed to possess magical powers, basil was considered by ancient people to be an elixir of love and a charm. Others, such as the Romans, recognized its healing properties and used it to aid digestion and counteract poisons. It also enjoyed a royal history having been buried with Egyptian kings in the great pyramids. It was used as an embalming herb.

    While basil dates back to biblical times when it was allegedly seen growing or strewn around Christ's tomb, some cultures associated it with hatred and misfortune; others regarded it as a love token and a powerful protector.

    The first century AD Roman naturalist Pliny reported that basil relieves flatulence and stomach cramps, he also recommended smelling Basil in vinegar for fainting. American colonists considered Basil the essential ingredient in a snuff used to ease headaches.

    In the Caribbean and parts of Mexico, Basil was used to return a lover's roving eye and to attract money.

    It has been called "Herb Royal" to the French, a sign of love to the Italians and a sacred herb in India.

    In India the Basil plant is sacred to both Krishna and Vishnu, and is cherished in every Hindu house. Probably on account of its virtues, in disinfecting, and vivifying malarious air, it first became inseparable from Hindu houses in India as the protecting spirit of the family. Every good Hindu goes to his rest with a Basil leaf on his breast. This is his passport to Paradise. In Ayurvedic medicine, Basil is widely used for snakebites and as a general tonic for chills, coughs, skin problems and earaches. Its chemical components include essential oils (including estragol, eugenol, lineol, linalol), tannins, caffeic acid, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

    In Jewish lore, Basil was said to lend strength while fasting, even simply by holding it in the hand.

    Haitian merchants have been known to sprinkle their toes with it to ward off bad luck and attract buyers. It has been called "Herb Royal" to the French, a sign of love to the Italians and a sacred herb in India. There is a strange old superstition that connected the plant with scorpions. Parkinson tells us that being gently handled it gave a pleasant smell but being hardly wrung and bruised would breed scorpions. It is also observed that scorpions did rest and abide under the pots where Basil is planted. It was generally believed that if a sprig of Basil were left under a pot it would in time turn to a scorpion. Superstition went so far as to affirm that even smelling the plant might bring a scorpion into the brain.

    According to 17th century botanist Tournefort there was a Gentleman of Siena that snuffed Basil powder up his nose. In a short time he turned mad and died; his head being opened by the local surgeons, a nest of scorpions was found. In keeping with this "Superstition" some would believe the name Basil came from the legendary Basilisk, a mythical serpent who could kill with a glance or a breath.

    There are more legends and superstitions regarding the Basil Herb. Today, science has shown that there are medicinal values to this herb, as you may read below.


    Some of the information and the above history about basil was obtained from Botanical.com: A Modern Herbal - Basil, Sweet.

    BASIL PLANT DESCRIPTION

    Basil varieties are known for their distinctive flavor and essential oil. Bush and Sweet Basil have tender green foliage. Its leaves have a spicy, clove-like scent and an aromatic taste. Sweet basil leaves have a stronger smell than bush and the leaves are a bit smaller. Both types have small, white, flowers in autumn. The leaves are usually the part used for medicine and food. The seeds and roots are seldom used, but they can be. In India, Basil is one of the most important plants, second only to lotus.

    A member of the labiate family, basil can grow to a height of 24 inches and is related to peppermint. Basil grows in North America as an annual garden herb, where it loves heat and hates frost. The herb does best in sunny areas that are protected from the wind. It is believed to been native to India, but today more than 150 varieties are grown worldwide.

    Sweet Basil (Common Basil): Basil is also known asOcimum Basilicum, Common Basil, Sweet Basil, Garden Basil, Royal Herb, French Basil, Luole, St. Josephwort, Arjaka. Sweet Basil is not to be confused with Holy Basil (Tulsi) used in Ayurvedic medicine), Fresh basil leaves have a unique aroma not even approximated by any other herb, making them an essential ingredient in cuisines of countries all over the world. There are hundreds of species and their hybrids marketed as basil, but the herb most commonly used in herbal medicine is the Mediterranean or "sweet" basil (although arguably Thai basil is sweeter). Basil produces its essential oils in glands in its leaves that have to be activated by UV-B rays from the sun; the best quality basil is grown in hot, sunny climates. Basil is used as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes, soaps, shampoos, and other body care products. Reportedly it has been used in the Far East for centuries for a variety of ailments, including head colds, a cure for warts, worms, as an appetite stimulant, carminative, and as a diuretic, among others.

    Holy Basil (Tulsi): Holy Basil is also known asOcimum Sanctum, Holy Basil, Tulsi (Sanskrit Name), Common Basil, Basil, Luole, St. Josephwort, Arjaka, Royal Herb, and French Basil. Holy Basil is commonly grown in Hindu homes and it is a sacred plant in the Hindu religion. In fact a Hindu household is considered incomplete if there is not a Tulsi plant in the courtyard. Native to India, it grows wild in Asia and Malaysia, and has a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is considered the most sacred herb in India. Devotees of Vishnu may wear necklaces made of Tulsi seeds because it is written that it is the plant that pleases him the most. It is also written that Tulsi was the incarnation of a princess who fell in love with the Lord Krishna, but had a curse laid upon her by his consort Radha. The Latin name Ocimum sanctum means "sacred fragrant lipped basil" or "the incomparable one". Holy Basil has also been called by many other names including the "Queen of Herbs", "The Elixir of Life", and the "Mother Medicine of Nature". Ayurvedic medicine teaches that Tulsi is classified as a "Rasyana" an herb that nourishes a person's growth to perfect health and promotes long life. There are three distinct varieties of Tulsi: Vana, which grows wild in the forests, Krishna, which is entirely purple, and Rama, the most commonly found type. The type offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is of the Rama variety.


    PLANT PARTS USED

    Basil leaves are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Dried leaf in teas or essential oils for topical application. Basil essential oil is used for various external medicinal purposes, such as compresses for treating arthritic conditions, massage oils, and as a hair tonic. As a spice leaves can liberally be used in foods.

    Holy Basil (Tulsi) is traditionally taken as an herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee.


    BASIL CONSTITUENTS / COMPONENTS

    Basil leaves are rich in an essential oil called estragol that is comprised primarily of methylchavicol. The oil is credited for basil's antispasmodic and germicidal effect. Basil also contains saponines, tannins, flavonoids, and a great deal of calcium.

    Sweet Basil (Common Basil) Basil has a unique aroma because of the many constituents of its essential oil. The oil contains 1,8-cineol, citral, eugenol, linalool, methyl chavicol, methyl cinnamate in relatively large quantities and bisabolene, camphor, cryophyllene, geraniol, and ocimene in smaller quantities influencing taste and action in the body.

    Holy Basil (Tulsi) Eugenol app., B-caryophyllene, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes viz, pinene, sitosterol, elemene, bornyl acetate, methyleugenol, neral, camphene, a-pinene, ursolic acid, campesterol, cholesterol, stigmasterol, and methyl esters of common fatty acids.





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    BASIL USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    BASIL IN THE KITCHEN

    Basil is well known for its sweet aroma and the fresh, delicious flavor that it lends to food. Basil is traditionally used to spice up pasta, meat, soups and sauces. It is the key ingredient of pesto sauce, where it is mixed with hard cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil. As a flavoring agent, basil is best added at the end of cooking as the intense heat will quickly deteriorate its characteristic taste and aroma. In addition to its culinary uses, basil is used to add fragrance to perfumes, soaps, shampoos, and other body care products.

    Basil, widely grown as a kitchen herb, is used fresh or dried to flavor meats, fish, salads, pizza, soup and sauces. The dried leaves have a fragrant aroma faintly reminiscent of anise, and a warm, sweet, aromatic, mildly pungent flavor. Since the delicate aroma of basil is quickly destroyed by cooking, basil leaves are frequently sprinkled over cold or warm dishes before serving.



    CAPRI SALAD (Capriccio Caprese) RECIPE

    4 ripe tomatoes 1 pound 1.5 ounces Mozzarella cheese
    2 teaspoons finely chopped capers
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    salt
    1 tablespoon vinegar
    10 basil leaves

    Cut the tomatoes into fairly thin slices and the Mozzarella cheese into slices that are slightly thinner. Arrange the slices, alternating tomatoes and Mozzarella, on a serving dish. Prepare a sauce by blending oil, salt, vinegar and chopped capers. Pour over the tomatoes and cheese and garnish with basil leaves. Serves 6.




    PESTO SAUCE RECIPE

    Place in a food processor 2 cups basil leaves, lightly packed, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 2 tablespoons parsley sprigs, and process until fine. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons grated Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, and dash salt and pepper, and whir to blend.

    Pesto is usually served with pasta. Besides tasting excellent, pesto is also efficient in conserving basil, even without deep-freezer (although it does keep better frozen).




    THAI CHICKEN WITH BASIL RECIPE

    1-1/3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4), cut into 1-by-2-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
    1.5 tablespoons Soy sauce
    1 tablespoon water
    1.5 teaspoons Sugar
    2 tablespoons cooking oil
    1 large onion, cut into thin slices
    3 fresh red Chiles, seeds and ribs removed, cut into thin slices, or 1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
    3 Cloves Garlic, minced
    1.5 cups lightly packed Basil leaves

    In a medium bowl, combine the chicken with the fish sauce, Soy sauce, water, and sugar. In a large non-stick frying pan or a wok, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the Chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, 30 seconds longer.

    Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and add it to the hot pan. Cook until almost done, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add the marinade and cook 30 seconds longer. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the basil. Serve topped with the remaining 1/2 cup basil.


    MEDICINAL USES OF BASIL

    Basil is most useful with the stomach and its related organs. As an aromatic herb, Basil tea is considered a fine appetizer, and as a mild stimulant, it has also been used very effectively in cases of complete exhaustion. When taken internally, basil is known for digestive difficulties, to ease a nervous stomach, reduce intestinal gas and relieves gas pains. It is used as an aid for indigestion and to alleviate constipation and bloating. Its properties stimulate the appetite and digestive juices while soothing inflamed mucous membranes. Basil tea can be used for vomiting, nausea, gas pains, menopause, and enteritis. This herb helps to stimulate the appetite, and relieves indigestion, cramps, and colic. Nursing women may benefit from this gentle tonic that helps to expel gas in the infant and increases lactation (the flow of breast milk) in the mother. Dried basil leaf can be added directly to food or drunk as a tea (1/2 teaspoon of dried herb steeped for 10 minutes in 1 cup of boiling water in a closed container) to relieve flatulence and fullness.

    Basil improves blood circulation. Basil tea can reduce a fever, colds, flu, coughs, sinusitis, and stomach cramps. Tea made with Basil and Peppercorns is a folk remedy to reduce fever. It is sometimes used to treat whooping cough and headaches. This herb can be used for treating nervous irritability, tiredness, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The leaves can be rubbed on insect bites and hives. In Ayurvedic medicine, the juice is recommended for snakebites, as a general tonic, for chills, coughs, rheumatoid arthritis, anorexia, skin problems, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, malaria, and earaches, but mainly used in the cases of fever.

    In Ayurvedic medicine, the juice is recommended for snakebites, as a general tonic, for chills, coughs, rheumatoid arthritis, anorexia, skin problems, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, malaria, and earaches, but mainly used in the cases of fever. The essential oil is said to allay mental fatigue and be helpful as an antidepressant. Try basil for sleep disorders and headaches.

    Because of the herb's antibacterial properties, basil is favored as a supporting measure for a variety of infections, including gastrointestinal difficulties, inhibits organisms that cause dysentery, and urinary tract infections and kidney discomforts. Basil is used as an antiseptic.

    Make a poultice from basil by simmering the herb for two minutes. Squeeze out the liquid, and apply to wounds that are slow to heal, as well as to fungal infections.

    Even a sore throat may be soothed by gargling a basil infusion. Basil has also been used as a gargle or mouthwash for thrush, as a bath herb for increased energy and as an eyewash for tired eyes.


    BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL

    While most of us are familiar with Basil as a culinary herb, the applications of basil in natural health are not as well known. It was first described in a Chinese herbal around 1060 C.E, and has been used for stomach spasms and kidney ailments there ever since. The Chinese have also used it to treat snakebites and insect bites. Basil Essential Oil is antibacterial, and drops of basil oil may relieve ear infections. European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas. There are some indications Basil Oil may help restore immune function damaged by stress. Basil oil also helps the active ingredients of other herbs more readily penetrate the skin when basil oil is added to ointments, liniments, and salves.


    BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE

    Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
    Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
    Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops
    Note Classification: Top
    Aroma: Fresh, warm, spicy, herbaceous
    Largest Producing Countries: USA, France, Italy, Egypt, Bulgaria, and Hungary

    Traditional Use: Basil is a sacred plant in India, and used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as a strewing herb to reduce odors, and has many culinary applications.

    Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant of the adrenal cortex, stomachic, tonic.

    Benefits: Abrasions, anxiety, bronchitis, colds, coughs, depression, flatulence, fatigue, infection, insect bites and repellant, sinus infection, whooping cough. Basil can be added to a hair tonic to help stimulate growth.

    Blends Well With: Bergamot, citronella, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, opopanax, rosemary.

    Of Interest: Basil has many aromatic properties. Ocimum is derived from the Greek word osme, which means "to smell".

    Safety Data: High doses may be carcinogenic due to its methyl chavicol content, and it should be avoided if you suffer from liver problems. Always dilute before using as it is a potential skin irritant. It may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals. Avoid while pregnant.





    BASIL OIL THERAPEUTIC EFFECT: The main chemical components of Basil Essential Oil are phenol, methylchavicol, estragole, linalool, cineol, caryphyllene, ocimene, pinene, eugenol and camphor.

    Basil Essential Oil is an antiseptic for hard-to-heal wounds and inflammation. It has antispasmodic properties that help ease indigestion, tension and muscle pain. When inhaled, the spicy freshness brings relief to respiratory ailments.

    Basil Essential Oil is a good tonic in vapor therapy for the treatment of allergies, nervous disorders, stress related headaches and migraines. It also has an uplifting effect on depression and can be used to increase concentration and treat insomnia. It has a beneficial action on infections in the respiratory tract and it is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.

    Basil Essential Oil in a warm bath helps to minimize uric acid in the blood thus relieving gout and muscular pains. It is helpful for treating menstrual pain. It refreshes the skin and helps control acne. It is useful for wasp and insect bites - particularly that of mosquitoes.


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    FOR REDUCING LETHARGY

    Possessing both sedating and stimulating medicinal effects, Basil Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot Oil and Lemon Oil. When the mixture is heated in an aromatherapy lamp, it is an ideal way to lighten the mood, fight mental fatigue, ward off nervous tension and build self confidence. Try this blend for an extra lift at the end of a stressful day.
    Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.

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  • FOR RELAXATION

    A soothing blend of basil and lemon balm oils in your aromatherapy lamp calms and relaxes the entire body and may even lower your blood pressure. It helps to relieve nervous tension and to ensure a deep, restorative sleep, too.
    Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.

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  • FOR MENSTRUAL PAIN

    A nice warm bath with basil, juniper and lavender oils stimulates menstrual flow to ease pain at the start of your period.
    Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.

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  • FOR COLD FEET

    The properties of Basil Essential Oil help stimulate the circulatory system. To make an effective remedy for cold extremities, combine Basil and Ginger oils in warm water. By regularly soaking your feet in this mixture, you can help prevent unpleasant food perspiration and odor, as well.
    Place the oils together with warm water in a foot bath. Soak until water cools.

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  • FOR COLDS

    To protect your immune system by reducing bacterial growth on the body, place Basil and Peppermint oils with Eucalyptus oil in an aromatherapy lamp.
    Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.

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  • FOR INSECT REPELLENT

    When it is placed in an aromatherapy lamp, Basil Essential Oil can be quite effective in warding off insects. Combine Basil with Cinnamon and Clove oils.
    Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.

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  • FOR HAIR TONIC

    Used regularly, a hair tonic of Witch Hazel, Basil and Rosemary oils promotes circulation of the scalp, adds luster to hair and reduces hair loss.
    Place the oils together with the Witch Hazel and apply to the scalp as a hair tonic.

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  • FOR SLOW-HEALING WOUNDS

    Compresses with Basil Essential Oil help treat slow-healing wounds.
    Mix lukewarm water, Cider Vinegar, Basil and Lavender oils. Soak gauze in the mixture, and place it on the wound. Cover the gauze with a bandage for the night. Change the compress as needed.

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  • FOR HEADACHE

    For a headache, the spicy aroma of basil oil both refreshes and eases tension..
    Place Basil oil on a handkerchief and deeply inhale the aroma. Be sure to avoid direct contact with the mouth and nose.

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  • FOR IRRITATED MUCOUS MEMBRANES

    A bad cold diminishes the sense of smell. The invigorating and strengthening properties of Basil Essential Oil help rebuild irritated mucous membranes.
    Vaporize oil in an aromatherapy lamp. Do not use more than two hours a day since overstimulation dulls the nerves that transmit the sense of smell.

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  • FOR GASTROINTESTINAL CRAMPS OR INDIGESTION

    To help in the relief of stomach and intestinal cramping and indigestion, try massaging this blend into the abdomen.
    Mix the oils together, then using a gentle circular motion in a clockwise direction.

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  • FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS & DISCOMFORT

    A blend of Basil oil, Lavender oil and either Evening Primrose oil or Sweet Almond oil eases mentrual discomfort and cramps.
    Mix Basil and Lavender oils with the base oil of choice. Massage the blended oils into the abdomen.

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  • HOLY BASIL (TULSI) MEDICINAL USES

    Holy Basil (Tulsi) should not be confused with Sweet Basil. They are entirely different plants. Holy Basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religion and it is a significant herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Holy Basil has been used for thousands of years as a prime herb in Ayurvedic treatment, and is mentioned in the Charak Samhita (the central teaching of Ayurvedic medicine) which was written at least two thousand years ago.In India, Hindus grow Tulsi as a religious plant in their homes and temples, and the leaves are an important part of their meditation and worship.

    Holy Basil (Tulsi) is used in Ayurvedic medicine for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Holy Basil is considered an adaptogen, which means that it assists the body adapt to stress (environmental, physical, or chemical), restore balance in the body, and normalize body functions. It is currently being studied for its beneficial properties and has been found to be effective for cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, stress, wound healing, the immune system, inflammations, liver support and protection, hypoglycemic conditions, ulcers, digestion, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, radiation poisoning, cataracts, the memory, respiratory system, urinary problems, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, and it is an antioxidant. Since Holy Basil is used to reduce blood pressure, it is thought to have closeness for the heart, also to help the body to adapt to new demands and stresses.





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    BASIL DOSAGE INFORMATION

    SUPPLEMENTS

    Basil comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    Basil has a unique aroma because of the many constituents of its essential oil. The oil contains 1,8-cineol, citral, eugenol, linalool, methyl chavicol, methyl cinnamate in relatively large quantities and bisabolene, camphor, cryophyllene, geraniol, and ocimene in smaller quantities influencing taste and action in the body. Dried Basil leaf is used in teas or essential oils for topical application. The essential oil used topically. As a spice it can be liberally used in foods.

    To prepare in infusion, steep 1 teaspoon dried herb in 1/2-cup water. Take 1 to 1.5 cups a day, a mouthful at a time. Can be sweetened with honey if using for a cough. Seek the advice of a healthcare provider or herbalist if using the oil internally to treat your condition. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

    Basil Botanical Powder: Approximately 600 mg. each capsule. 1/2 teaspoon of powder is about equal to one capsule. Powder can be consumed by sprinkling it over your food or mixing it with a syrup such as maple or chocolate. You could also mix it with orange juice. The citric acid in the orange juice will help to mask any unpleasant powder tastes.


    METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION

    Juice of the Leaf

    Chop 3 to 4 cups of basil leaves. Form a bag from a piece of gauze, place the leaves in the bag and press, squeezing the juice from the leaves into a glass. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice 3 times daily.

    Infusion

    Pour about 1/4 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup of the infusion 2 times daily. After 8 days take a break for 2 weeks, and then repeat the treatment.

    Essential Oil

    Basil essential oil is used to make compresses and mild massage oils. It is favored oil for treating arthritic conditions and may even be used as a hair tonic to encourage hair growth and to add highlights.

    Inhalation

    Pour boiling water onto fresh basil leaves and inhale to help relieve the symptoms of a head cold. To enhance the effect, position a towel tent-like over your head.





    BASIL SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    SAFETY CONCERNS

    Basil is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.

    However, Basil oil is not to be used externally or internally in pregnancy. The German Commission E advised caution in the use of basil because of the estragole in its essential oil, a compound suspected to cause cancer, but later testing indicated that an increased risk of cancer would only occur in persons who ate approximately 1,000 kilograms (over a ton) of the herb daily, a finding so impossible as to suggest the Commission's precaution was completely unwarranted. Nonetheless, the safety of the herb has not been established for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children under six.

    Do not use Basil Essential Oil on sensitive skin or during pregnancy. Also, as with any essential oil, never take internally.

    Holy Basil (Tulsi) is not recommended for use if pregnant, nursing, or are considering becoming pregnant (may have an anti-fertility effect). Do not administer to infants or toddlers. May lower blood sugar, consult a health care provider if hypoglycemic (in separate studies, it has also been shown to be beneficial for those with hypoglycemia). Holy Basil has mild blood thinning properties.

    Reminder: Holy Basil (Tulsi) should not be confused with Basil (Sweet Basil). They are entirely two different plants with similar common names, which is the reason they both have been included on this informational page. For more information about Holy Basil (Tulsi) and available products, visit the following links.


  • Nutrition Basics: Holy Basil Herbal Information & Products
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  • BASIL (SWEET) HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS

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    BASIL (SWEET) HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Basil, along with lotus, is revered as a sacred plant in India and has a warm, spicy aroma that is refreshing, uplifting, purifying and energizing. Basil is most useful with the stomach and its related organs. As an aromatic herb, Basil tea is considered a fine appetizer, and as a mild stimulant, it has also been used very effectively in cases of complete exhaustion. When taken internally, basil is known for digestive difficulties, to ease a nervous stomach, reduce intestinal gas and alleviate constipation and bloating. Its properties stimulate the appetite and digestive juices while soothing inflamed mucous membranes. Basil tea can be used for vomiting, nausea, gas pains, menopause, and enteritis. This herb helps to stimulate the appetite, and relieves indigestion, cramps, and colic. Nursing women may benefit from this gentle tonic that helps to expel gas in the infant and increases lactation (breast milk) in the mother. Essential oil is 100% pure. For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios. See MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum), Certified Organic, Organic Essential Oils


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Leaf Powder, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 1/3 fl. oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 4 fl. oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 16 fl. oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum) Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 0.25 fl. oz. (83837)
    HerbsPro: Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum) Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 0.5 fl. oz. (13857)
    HerbsPro: Basil Pure Essential Oil, Natures Alchemy, 0.5 fl. oz. (17002)
    HerbsPro: Basil Oil, Now Foods, 1 fl. oz. (67772)
    HerbsPro: Basil Herb, Organic, Cut & Sifted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb. (71331)


    TAKEHERB PRODUCTS

    TakeHerb: Basil Leaf Powder, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1/3 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 16 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1 Gallon


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic, Frontier Spices, 0.4 oz: K
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum). Cut & Sifted, Domestic, Frontier Spices, 0.48 oz: K
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf Flakes Imported (Ocimum basilicum), Frontier Spices, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic, Frontier Spices, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), Cut & Sifted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf Powder (Ocimum basilicum), Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Leaf Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Basil Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), Cut & Sifted, Spices, 10 lbs: G
    Kalyx: Winter Relief Respiratory Aid Tea, Yogi Teas, 16 Tea Bags: K Winter Relief tea is a soothing organic herbal tea that is specially formulated for use during the cold-weather season. This warming formula includes Organic Ginger, Organic Cardamom, Organic Clove, and Indonesian Organic Cinnamon, all of which are regarded by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine as "heating"' herbs, commonly used to support nasal and bronchial function. The blend is complemented with Organic Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), one of the world's most widely used herbs, and one that is known for its menthol vapors. The formula also includes Organic Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and Organic Basil (Ocimum basilicum) to help promote free breathing, as well as Organic Lemon Grass, one of the best herbs for promoting healthy sinus function. This blend is augmented with Organic Licorice, a widely used herb in traditional Chinese medicine, well-known for coating and soothing membranes and supporting adrenal function.
    Kalyx: Cold Season Tea, Yogi Teas, 16 Tea Bags: C
    A nasal and bronchial aid that helps maintain a healthy respiratory system during the cold season. A warming Ayurvedic formula of organic Ginger, Cardamom and Clove complemented with organic Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Basil. Our Organic Cold Season tea is a soothing organic herbal tea that is specially formulated for use during the cold-weather season.


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  • BASIL (SWEET) ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    Basil, along with lotus, is revered as a sacred plant in India and has a warm, spicy aroma that is refreshing, uplifting, purifying and energizing. Essential oil is 100% pure. For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios. See MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum), Certified Organic, Organic Essential Oils


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 1/3 fl. oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 4 fl. oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, 16 fl. oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum) Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 0.25 fl. oz. (83837)
    HerbsPro: Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum) Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 0.5 fl. oz. (13857)
    HerbsPro: Basil Pure Essential Oil, Natures Alchemy, 0.5 fl. oz. (17002)
    HerbsPro: Basil Oil, Now Foods, 1 fl. oz. (67772)


    TAKEHERB PRODUCTS

    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1/3 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 16 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Sweet Basil Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1 Gallon


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, Certified Organic, Aura Cacia, 1/4 oz. (0.25 oz.): K
    Kalyx: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1/3 fl. oz.: C
    Kalyx: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 1/2 oz: K
    Kalyx: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl. oz.: C
    Kalyx: Basil Sweet Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals,16 fl. oz.: C


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Basil Essential Oil Products

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    AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Allspice Leaf Oil
    Angelica Oil
    Anise Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Basil Oil
    Bay Laurel Oil
    Bay Oil
    Benzoin Oil
    Bergamot Oil
    Black Pepper Oil
    Chamomile (German) Oil
    Cajuput Oil
    Calamus Oil
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    Caraway Oil
    Cardamom Oil
    Carrot Seed Oil
    Catnip Oil
    Cedarwood Oil
    Chamomile Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Citronella Oil
    Clary-Sage Oil
    Clove Oil
    Coriander Oil
    Cypress Oil
    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
    Jasmine Oil
    Juniper Oil
    Labdanum Oil
    Lavender Oil
    Lemon-Balm Oil
    Lemongrass Oil
    Lemon Oil
    Lime Oil
    Longleaf-Pine Oil
    Mandarin Oil
    Marjoram Oil
    Mimosa Oil
    Myrrh Oil
    Myrtle Oil
    Neroli Oil
    Niaouli Oil
    Nutmeg Oil
    Orange Oil
    Oregano Oil
    Palmarosa Oil
    Patchouli Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Peru-Balsam Oil
    Petitgrain Oil
    Pine-Long Leaf Oil
    Pine-Needle Oil
    Pine-Swiss Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Rose Oil
    Rosewood Oil
    Sage Oil
    Sandalwood Oil
    Savory Oil
    Spearmint Oil
    Spikenard Oil
    Swiss-Pine Oil
    Tangerine Oil
    Tea-Tree Oil
    Thyme Oil
    Vanilla Oil
    Verbena Oil
    Vetiver Oil
    Violet Oil
    White-Camphor Oil
    Yarrow Oil
    Ylang-Ylang Oil
    Aromatherapy
    Healing Baths For Colds
    Aromatherapy
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    Using Essential Oils


    AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Almond, Sweet Oil
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    Argan Oil
    Arnica Oil
    Avocado Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Black Cumin Oil
    Black Currant Oil
    Black Seed Oil
    Borage Seed Oil
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    Castor Oil
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    Comfrey Oil
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    Sea Buckthorn Oil
    Sesame Seed Oil
    Shea Nut Oil
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    St. Johns Wort Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
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