Tuesday, January 27, 2015

31 Essential Oils in 31 Days Series: Day 27 Spotlight Basil!

Day 27--Basil!

As a mother of two young children, I am never without Basil essential oil. 

Historically, Basil has a rich history and has been used for respiratory system support.  The actual basil plant has been thought of an herb of blessings and protection.  In the Orthodox Christian tradition, basil remains sacred.  It is claimed that the basil plant sprung up from the foot of the cross during the Crucifixion.  Basil was originally domesticated in India.  Basil is also typically planted in houses and temples in India to bring protection and ward off evil.  The herb is sacred to both Visnu and Krsna.

Basil also has roots in some of the central regions of Mexico as it is used to draw fortune by hanging a large sprig or bunch in the door or window of a shop.  The plants growth symbolizes the wealth of the business and reflecting on how well the owner cares for the shop and herb.

Fun Fact:  Extracts from the basil plant are considered very toxic to mosquitoes.

Basil can be used without dilution when used topically.  For sensitive skin however; always use a carrier oil when applying topically.  Basil can be applied to the temples, tip of nose, reflex points, and/or directly on area of concern.

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