Sweet basil essential oil (buy it here) is an herbal oil made from, you guessed it, the basil plant. The same herb you use in salads and Italian dishes. The best basil essential oil is made from Ocimum basilicum. There are many different types of basil and hybrids, but the best oil, the one that is high in wonderful, healing properties, is made from O. basilicum. I am so thrilled to find out about all of the great uses for this oil. I absolutely love basil for its taste and wonderful health benefits and now we can use its essential oil, too.
1. Improve Digestive Tract Health
Use the sweet basil essential oil/carrier oil blend to treat digestive problems. Massage it into the abdomen, starting over your liver (upper right) and working your way down over your entire belly. Rub it into your lower back, too, if you like. You can use any type of carrier oil. Coconut oil has a great consistency for massage but it can be hard on elastic.
A lighter oil like jojoba, sweet almond or argan might be better. I like to mix a little of the lighter oils like argan into my coconut oil before adding essential oil. It seems to help everything absorb faster. You can also take sweet basil essential oil orally; however, make certain it is 100% food-grade essential oil. Sometimes the processing isn’t quite up to snuff for ingestion or the basil oil is mixed with another oil. Only take one drop once or twice a day. You can mix it in water, honey or a smoothie.
2. Expel Excess Water Weight
Massage the sweet basil oil/carrier oil blend into your abdomen, back, legs or ankles to get rid of excess water weight. You can use it wherever you tend to retain fluids. It is a natural diuretic.
3. Treat Urinary Tract Infections
Mix sweet basil essential oil with a carrier oil and use it to treat urinary tract infections. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and disinfectant properties work wonders. Start out with 2 to 3 drops of sweet basil oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. You can gradually increase the dilution rate to as much as 50/50, if necessary.
Massage the blend into your lower abdominal area over the bladder, up to your stomach, around your waist and your back, over the kidneys from the waist down. You can use the 50/50 dilution rate for up to two weeks. The 2 to 3 drops per teaspoon is fine for everyday use. Don’t put the essential oil in the vagina or directly on the urethra. You want to avoid the mucous membranes. Sweet basil aromatherapy can also help treat urinary tract infections.
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4. Treat Ear Infections
Mix up a 50/50 sweet basil essential oil/carrier oil blend and gently massage it around and on your ear to treat an ear infection and reduce ear pain. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties will help clear the infection right up.
*Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. The 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops per teaspoon) is fine for everyday use.*
5. Treat Bronchitis
Practice sweet basil EO aromatherapy to treat bronchitis and other bronchial problems. Just add 2 to 3 drops of sweet basil oil to 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water in a diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. You can add 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus oil, too, for a stronger treatment. Add a few drops to a warm bath for all-over relief. Mix up an effective vapor rub with 4 drops each of sweet basil and eucalyptus oil (buy it here) and a tablespoon of coconut oil.
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6. Soothe and Relax Sore Muscles
Massage sore, achy muscles with a 1% to 3% sweet basil oil/carrier oil blend. It will reduce the inflammation and soothe the pain away.
7. Fight Viral Infections
Use sweet basil EO to fight viral infections. As soon as you feel a cold or the flu coming on, add 2 to 3 drops of basil oil to 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water, put it in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes off and on throughout the day. You should really only run a diffuser for up to 60 minutes then shut it off.
You can do this four to six times a day, though. You might want to start using this as soon as cold and flu season starts as a pre-emptive measure. Its antiviral and disinfectant properties will kill the virus before it can infect you. You can also use a 1% to 3% sweet basil oil/carrier oil blend as a hand lotion when you are away from home.
*Do not use sweet basil oil on babies or young children.*
8. Prevent or Cure Bacterial Infections
Apply the 1% to 3% sweet basil oil blend to cuts and sores to kill bacteria and speed healing. You can use the stronger blend, if you feel the likelihood of infection is high.
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9. Improve Circulation
Massage the 1% to 3% sweet basil blend into your chest and legs to help improve circulation. This is especially helpful if you tend to sit for lo