An annual herb, with a powerful aroma basil is known for its uses in cookery, emitting a powerful aroma when crushed. It is now cultivated around the world. With over 150 various species of Basil, there are about a dozen varieties that are essential oil importance with several chemotypes to consider. Traditionally prescribed for melancholy.
The word Basil comes from the Greek basileus, meaning "king" and considered by some cookery authors to be the "king of herbs". Also known as St. Joseph's Wort, historically grown in tropical Asia, possibly India and Africa, it is now cultivated around the world.
Uplifting effect on the mind and body. It is useful for fatigued minds and helpful for clarity of thought whilst studying or working. Basil is also known for its strong effect on the digestive and respiratory systems, being particularly useful for congestion and coughing, and general symptoms of the cold and flu. It is said to aid and temporary relieve flatulence, pain associated with gout, irregular periods and migraine headache.
Blends well with : Black Pepper, Cedarwoods, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Niaouli, Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tea Tree, Thyme varieties and Citrus oils.