Basil is is a perennial plant that is part of the Lamiaceae (mints) family and has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content.
If you know me in real life, you know that Basil is another of my favorites. As you use essential oils, you find that your body responds better to some oils -- and Basil is one of my go-to's for anything respiratory. It just WORKS for me. I'll diffuse it when needed and also apply to my chest, around my ears, over cheeks and around my nose, diluted 1:1 with FCO. Easy and wildly effective solution!!
Two other main uses for Basil at my house:
Chemistry of Basil Oil
Main Chemical Component: Linalool
One of Basil’s most prominent chemical components is linalool. Linalool is a natural chemical found in a variety of plants and flowers. High linalool content in both plants and flowers has the unique ability to help relax the mind and body, especially when concentrated into an essential oil. The linalool found in the basil plant and Basil essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of tension and sadness when ingested.
Scientists in Mexico City recently found that linalool affects the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes such familiar neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine, and the adrenaline/noradrenaline adrenergic system.
Linalool is extremely effective on these neurotransmitters because it acts on multiple receptors in this monoaminergic system. When substances like linalool target multiple receptors, they are more potent and longer lasting than molecules that only target one receptor. Because linalool supports brain chemistry balance in these receptors, it reduces sad feelings. The high linalool content in basil plants and Basil oil provides a great natural solution for balancing mood and reducing sad moods.
Basil Oil Uses and Benefits
Oils that Blend Well with Basil Oil
Basil oil blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Marjoram, Geranium, Peppermint, Cedarwood, ClarySage,
Ginger,Grapefruit, and Lemon essential oils for diffusing.
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