Particularly effective in fighting digestive disorders, basil essential oil has many other advantages. Invigorating, anti-infectious … Catherine Lavigne, naturopath, reveals the secrets of this essential oil.
Much appreciated in cooking, basil is not only used to flavor dishes: it also has many health benefits, which can be enjoyed thanks to the essential oil obtained from this aromatic plant . There are over a hundred varieties of basil, but only some of them have therapeutic properties and are used to make essential oil. There are three types:
- the essential oil of exotic or tropical basil . Of Indian origin, this variety of basil is also cultivated in Madagascar as well as in the Mediterranean basin. Its essential oil is very close to that of tarragon because of its high concentration of methyl chavicol.
- the essential oil of big green basil . Mainly produced in Egypt, this variety of basil contains other active compounds, including a significant amount of linalols.
- the essential oil of sacred basil or Tulsi . Sacred in India, this type of basil is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine . It is also often cultivated around Hindu temples.
Although all these essential oils have positive effects on digestive disorders, that of tropical basil is by far the most used in Western aromatherapy . Its aniseed aroma is also sought after in the kitchen, to flavor a vinaigrette or gazpacho , while taking advantage of its health benefits.
Essential oil of tropical basil: antispasmodic effects
The essential oil of tropical basil is the anti-spasmodic par excellence. It is indeed one of the rare plants, along with tarragon, to have a high concentration of methyl chavicol, an organic compound which gives it this relaxing power.
It therefore helps to fight against stomach aches , bloating and digestive cramps linked to stress. It is therefore the ideal essential oil for people in a hurry, who eat quickly and do not chew. The essential oil of tropical basil also helps relieve digestive disorders of psychosomatic origin by regulating both the nervous system and the digestive system.
Large green basil essential oil helps fight fatigue
Thanks to its richness in linalols, the essential oil of big green basil is a tonic of the organism very useful in case of fatigue. It is therefore ideal if you have a small drop in energy!
Sacred basil essential oil: an anti-infectious action
The essential oil of sacred basil has an anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating action due to its concentration of phenols. It can therefore be used to relieve minor winter ailments such as respiratory tract infections !
How to use basil essential oil?
The essential oils of exotic basil, large green basil and sacred basil are always used for a short time.
It is possible to benefit from their diffusion benefits. In this case, they should be diluted with other essential oils. In cutaneous application, it is preferable to dilute them in a vegetable oil , because they are dermocaustic and can be irritating for the skin in the event of pure application. You can thus create a mixture containing 20% essential oil and 80% vegetable oil.
In case of difficult digestion , you can for example dilute 1 drop of tropical basil essential oil in 4 drops of vegetable oil. Massage your belly slowly clockwise with this mixture 3 times a day for two to three days maximum.
Basil essential oil: how to multiply its benefits?
The benefits of basil essential oil can be multiplied when combined with other HE. But not just any ! In case of bloating, you can for example mix 10 drops of tropical basil essential oil to calm spasms, 10 drops of bergamot essential oil , to soothe the nervous system, 10 drops of essential seed oil. coriander , which has tonic properties on the digestive sphere and hazelnut vegetable oil, renowned for its penetrating effect. Put everything in a roll-on type bottle with a capacity of 10 ml and massage your belly!
In the event of nervous fatigue, associated 3 drops of essential oil of large green basil, 10 drops of essential oil of black spruce and 10 drops of essential oil of peppermint . Use this broadcast mixture to stimulate your body and improve your concentration .
Basil essential oil: are there any contraindications?
The essential oils of exotic basil, large green basil and sacred basil cannot be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under 8 years of age. They should also be avoided in case of epilepsy , taking anticoagulants or hormone-dependent history.
What are the side effects of basil essential oil?
The essential oil of large green basil can be allergenic. Like essential oils of exotic basil and sacred basil, it is advisable to avoid using it for an extended period (two to three days maximum) and in high doses, especially by mouth, without the advice of doctor. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek advice from a specialist.