Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil

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Essential Oil Spotlight-basil

Today on our Essential Oil Spotlight, we are featuring one of our favorite essential oils: Basil!

Basil has a long, interesting history as it has been used for centuries to help support respiratory needs, to aid in digestive and kidney ailments, as a healing support with poisonous or snake bites, to help support proper body temperatures and more.

Basil is valued for its restorative and calming properties. It is often found to be helpful in aiding the relief of adrenal exhaustion along with helping to ease the feeling of being overwhelmed and fatigued. It has been said that basil gives hope and optimism to the tired soul.

Basil is commonly used to soothe joints and muscles, basil can provide a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas and, while it is recommended to avoid using basil during pregnancy, many mothers find basil to be helpful during the transition phase of labor and delivery.

Additionally, many lactating mothers find basil to be a wonderful supplemental aid in effective milk production. Be certain to avoid the nipple when using any essential oil for this purpose.

As always, even though basil is a mild oil and may occasionally be used neat (without dilution), when using essential oils topically, it is best practice to always dilute. Most often we find that 1 drop of essential oil to 1 TBS carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) for children under 6 or those with very sensitive skin, and 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tsp carrier oil for all others to be an effective and safe dilution rate.

We find that applying diluted basil essential oil on location or to the respective reflex points is highly effective.

For emotional benefits, we find that using basil over the heart or diffused into the air to be most effective.

For a fun twist, I like to blend basil essential oil with ylang ylang and lavender essential oils. Together these produce a lovely scent, leaning towards that of rose, and help support a truly positive and refreshing environment.

As always, purity is a tremendous concern when using this or any essential oil. To learn more about finding an essential oil you can trust to use safely on yourself and your family, feel free to visit my other site or contact me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

*Full disclosure/disclaimer: Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease or replace traditional medical attention.  Your doctor treats symptoms and fixes broken parts. Your body cures disease. Always consult your medical professional before changing any existing medications or treatments.  

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4 comments on “Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil

  1. How exciting to learn about basil for lactation! I have a friend with a due date in August and she’ll be thrilled to learn that! I wonder if taking basil internally will support her goals the same way. Thoughts?

  2. 🙂 Thanks, Catherine!

    Topical application seems to be most effective for the purpose of supporting lactation. Applying shortly after nursing can help increase the milk production for the next feeding/pumping.

    Internal use is something that we do, but only with the purest essential oils. Most oils on the market are not safe for this purpose and thus internal use must be approached with caution and using ones best judgment. Regardless, for the purpose of supporting lactation, topical is the general recommendation.

    Thank you for such a great question!

  3. I second the excitement about using basil during breastfeeding! I’m due in January with baby #5 and I always question whether my supply is enough. I didn’t know about EOs during my other pregnancies and I’m learning so much this time around! Thanks for the great post!

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