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Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

The health benefits of basil essential oil might amaze you!

I love to cook with this herb, it's one of my favorite spices, a slightly sweet smell, but just the right amount added can make a dish taste so much more delicious.

So what can this oil do for you?

Basil fresh from the plant, and its' essential oil have many health benefits.
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How To Use Basil Essential Oil

The oil can be used internally, inhaled as a vapor, rubbed on the skin or added to your bath water.


If you take it internally - ideally by adding a little oil to your food - it will relieve:

  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Cramps
  • Other gastrointestinal problems.

  • Menstrual Cramp Relief

    For me this is nice, especially during "that time of the month".

    I just add a little bit of this to my food and I can function like a normal person again!

    Which is not only nice for me but everyone around me as well, ha ha.

    Definitely worth a try if menstrual cramps are something you suffer with.


    More Health Benefits

    I know a lot of people who are prone to getting sick very easily, whether it's from a past injury or they just don't have very strong immune systems.

    The health benefits of basil essential oil are great for them, because it can also help relieve:

  • Colds.
  • Flu.
  • Whooping Cough - it has also been known to treat whooping cough due to the fact that it contains antispasmodic properties.
  • Asthma.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Sinus Infections.
  • Skin Infections.
  • Bladder Infections.
  • Relieves Motion Sickness / Vomiting.
  • Improves blood circulation - helps to get rid of colds and regenerate skin cells. Great for anti aging and stretch marks!
  • A stress and pain reliever - including sprains, arthritis, rheumatism.
  • Improves mental clarity.
  • Relieves Migraines.
  • Helps the skin to look lustrous.
  • Can be used on cuts, burns and scrapes to relieve pain.


  • With all of these wonderful properties it's hard to believe it's from one product.

    So as you can see, this is a wonderful item to have in your kitchen cupboard to season foods, or in your medicine cabinet to help with cuts, scrapes and sickness.

    WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

    Every summer I grow pots of fragrant fresh basil.  It is cheap and easy to grow, and I find just one packet of seeds is enough.

    At the end of summer I pull off any remaining leaves and freeze them for use over the winter.

    Fresh is often best but sometimes not practical, so I also keep some essential oil on hand too.


    Special Note: I use Amazon online to purchase ready to go products so I can maintain my natural skin care regime at all times, e.g travelling, working long hours, unable to get to the store... It is a good alternative without compromising my ideals.

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