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Essential Oil Spotlight - Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. methyl cavicol)

Basil is a hardy annual, grows 1 to 3 feet tall and native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. I feel this oil is underutilized and needs more of a presence in the world. It has an herbal, spicy and sweet scent reminding me of black licorice. Basil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant and considered a top note for blending.

According to Tisserand and Young’s book, Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Health Care Professionals: Second Edition, essential oils high in methyl cavicol (estragole) should be used with extreme caution when taken internally. Because of the anti-platelet aggregation activity, oral use is cautioned in conjunction with anticoagulant drugs, major surgery, childbirth, peptic ulcer, and hemophilia or other bleeding disorders. Avoid use during pregnancy. *1

See below for ways to use this beautiful oil.

Emotional and Mental Uses:

Uplifting, aid in attracting love, enhance sensuality, dispel fear and apprehension, reduce negative projections, gain a sense of self-worth, bring confidence, center yourself, increase joy, reduce guilt, jealousy, anger, stress, anxiety, frustration, and mood swings. It can also aid in abundance, spiritual connection, to relax the mind, bring alertness, attentiveness, love, emotional balance, decrease depression, increase self-esteem, courage, wealth, and prosperity.

Physical Uses:

Achy head, asthma, bronchitis, analgesic, inflammation, rheumatism, helps prevent vomiting, antispasmodic, reduces gas, clears the mind, expectorant, skin penetration enhancer, colds, coughs, exhaustion, flu, insect bites, muscle aches, sinus issues.

Paired Crystals:

If you wanted to pair crystals with this lovely oil, Charoite, and Smoky Quartz

are excellent choices. Wear them as a necklace or bracelet, carry in a pouch, or just have in your pocket.

Business People Who May Benefit:

Bankers, brokers, finance manager, law enforcement, professionals, marriage counselors, merchants, phlebotomists, entrepreneurs, therapists, medical professionals, professional speakers

Please dilute accordingly. ​In 1 ounce of carrier oil:

  • 0.5% (1/2 percent) - 1 years old to 3 years old (2-3 drops)

  • 1% - 6 years old to 10 years old (5-6 drops)

  • 2% - 10 years to adult (10-12 drops)

  • 3% - 4% adult bad cold, infection, acute pain (18-24 drops)

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Caution: The material on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the actual use of this product by others is beyond our control, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Sweet Willow Spirit, LLC disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. This should not be used in place of traditional therapies but solely as a complementary means for bringing well-being. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

*1 Tisserand and Young; Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Health Care Professionals: Second Edition. New York: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014. Print

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