Basil essential oil, like the plant from which it is extracted, deserves its title of "royal", entrenched in it thousands of years ago. In the ancient world, basil was considered the king of all plants, however, because of its culinary and medicinal qualities, or because basil oil was used to anoint monarchs on thrones, it is still not known.
Today, basil remains one of the most popular spicy and aromatic cultures, without which it is impossible to imagine yourself the national culinary masterpieces of the Mediterranean and the Caucasus. The invigorating, spicy, rich aroma of this plant is one of the best tonics.
The rich and spicy oil from basil is obtained through steam distillation, but not all aerial parts of the plant, but only the leaves and tops of the stems, and even then only during the flowering period, when the concentration of essential oils is highest.
Basil oil, despite the fact that the plant itself is rich in color and is always noticeable in sauces (take at least the legendary pesto), is practically colorless or only slightly yellow, it is transparent and fluid.
The aroma of basil oil is light, complex, spicy-sweet with emerging astringency and bitterness, with a fresh almost citrus top note and a balsamic-woody base. On sale you can find sweet or exotic basil oil: they are similar in properties, but the color of the latter is more intense, and the aroma is with a hint of anise and camphor.
Basil oil can be stored for up to 5 years if the packaging is well sealed.
The aroma of basil goes well with essential oils with bright aromas - lime, hyssop, verbena, sage, citronella, petitgrain, geranium, ginger, tangerine, opopanax, limetus, mint, all herbaceous, green oak trees, fresh mint aromas.
Impact on the emotional sphere
Basil belongs to the most active tonic essential oils, combining fast and effective action with systemic changes in the emotional background. It literally clarifies consciousness, quickly eliminates nervousness, and allows you to restore emotional and psychological stability and concentration. It is an optimistic oil that lifts the mood, develops intuition and allows you to find a way out of difficult situations.
Basil has a beneficial effect on memory, stimulating thinking and allowing you to cope with situations of mental stress. Its aroma allows you to restore self-esteem, promotes adequate self-perception, self-confidence. This is an excellent oil for combating complexes and self-destructive phenomena.
It is one of the best constructive oils for the treatment of stress disorders, addictions, chronic fatigue.
Application in cosmetology and in household
In the cosmetic field, basil oil manifests itself in basic skin care products as a fortifying and rejuvenating additive that improves the appearance and elasticity of the skin. Basil is not as effective for treating serious problems or damage; it is better to use it as a general active additive for daily care products. The only exception is the elimination of warts.
The effect of basil oil on hair is more varied: it is also suitable for highly specialized products, because it actively and quickly stimulates growth, improves hair structure and restores shine.
Basil has a very good tonic and antibacterial effect in dentistry: this essential oil can quickly heal infections, lesions and sores on the gums. It is best to use basil in your daily gargle for this.
In everyday life, basil oil helps repel insects and relieve the effects of their bites.
Basil makes a great base note in your personal perfume, as a complement to soap, toothpaste and rinse.
In cooking, basil oil is used in canning and in meat dishes.
Contraindications and dosage
Unlike many spicy oils, basil is non-toxic and causes allergic reactions only in high concentrations. Nevertheless, a sensitivity test must be carried out in order to identify individual intolerance in time.
It is advisable to use basil in a reduced concentration, diluted with base oil.
Basil oil should not be used only during pregnancy. The effect on the body requires careful use with high blood pressure, thrombosis, high blood clotting, epilepsy, thrombophlebitis, after heart attacks.
Basil essential oil dosages are standard or reduced.
- For aromatization of premises - the most effective method for changing psycho-emotional and mental states, you can use from 3 to 7 drops of aromatic oil.
- For a personal fragrance, it is best to limit yourself to just two drops.
- Aromatic basil baths should not be used for more than three weeks with an oil concentration of 4 drops at the beginning of the procedure to 7 after getting used to it.
- Basil oil is rarely used for massage, and even then mainly in reflex massage in equal proportions with fatty transport oil.