Monday, October 19, 2009

Essential Oil

Nature's Remedy

Essential Oil #1

Basil takes its name from the Greek word for a king "basileum", partly due to the plant being highly prized and was considered a "King" among plants. Also, it was one ingredient in the oil used to anoint kings past. The plant is still greatly valued in present day Greece and pots of it are found at the foot of the pulpit in Greek churches.

Basil has been used since antiquity for chest infections, digestive problems and jaundice. Among other uses basil is good for mental fatigue relief and expelling melancholy vapors from the heart. As a massage oil, Basil blended with other oils especially Lavender is very good for tired, tight and overworked muscles, which makes it a good choice for athletes, dancers and other people engaged in strenuous activities.

Common uses are:

Respiratory infections including bronchitis, whooping cough and many feverish conditions.

Compresses to reduce engorgement of the breast.

Mouthwash which is very effective for mouth ulcers and gum infections.

Gently massaged over the abdomen to assist scanty and painful periods as it encourages menstruation.

Increases activity and strengthens the body generally or a specific organ

Promotes sweating

When used in a bath it makes the skin tingle and could be an irritant to people with sensitive skin. Used in dilution it is good for the skin and improves the tone and appearance. Basil is an oil that has a risk of toxicity or chronic toxicity and should not be used for more than a few days at a time
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