Basil (Sweet) ct. linalool
Plant Origin: Egypt
Method: Steam distilled from leaves, stems and flowers
1.8 - Cineole (6.77%)
Basil is a powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant (especially when blended with Lavender). It has been used for centuries to treat migraines and throat, lung, respiratory (bronchitis and whooping cough) and ear infections. It is also a good remedy for insect bites and helps fight mental fatigue.
Analgesic - gout, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis
Antibacterial - coliform cystitis
Antiemetic - reduces incidence and severity of nausea, vomiting
Anti-inflammatory - rheumatoid arthritis, gout, wasp stings
Antiseptic - helps fight germs and infections (intestinal, gastritis, urinary, pulmonary)
Antispasmodic - relieves spasms and muscle cramps
Cardiotonic - arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, tachycardia
Decongestant - of veins and pulmonary arteries, prostate
Digestive - stimulates digestive secretions, ulcers, flatulence, sluggish digestion
Expectorant - helps clear excess mucus from respiratory system
Insecticidal - against mosquitoes and house flies
Nervous System - anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, nervousness, travel sickness, vertigo
Neurotonic - debility, mental strain, convalescence, depression
Reproductive - uterine and prostate congestion
Skin - dry eczema
Stimulant - brain and memory stimulant, soothes stress and depression
Heritage Essential Oil blends with Basil:
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Topical: Dilute 1 part Basil with 4 parts carrier oil and apply 2-4 drops on location, temples, neck and so on as desired.
Inhalation: Diffuse (undiluted)
Internal: Can be taken internally
Caution: Avoid use during pregnancy
Essential Oils May Cure Ear Infections
Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 2005
Applying certain essential oils to the ear canal appears to be an effective treatment for ear infections.
If toxicity studies confirm the safety of (anti-bacterial) essential oil components for use in the ear, then a significant advance can be made in the treatment of ear infections. The vapours that are released by essential oils, such as oil of basil, have been shown to have rapid bacteria-killing effects. Topical therapy for ear infections is usually not recommended because most drugs are in a liquid form that cannot penetrate the eardrum to reach the infected middle ear. However, the vapours from essential oils may be able to diffuse through the eardrum and destroy the microbes present.
To investigate, researchers form the Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland, tested oil of basil, various essential oil components, and inactive placebo on rats with experimental ear infections. It was found that treatment with the oils cured up to 81 percent of the animals. With placebo, by contrast, cure rates did not exceed 6 percent.
The team noted that, based on their properties, essential oils may be able to destroy a variety of bacteria that can cause ear infections. They also point out that essential oils are generally considered to be safe.
Article PDF: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Effective Treatment of Experimental Acute Otitis Media
Never drop essential oils directly into the ear canal.
Put on a cotton ball and insert gently into the ear.
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