Organic ~ Fair Trade
Latin Name: Ocimum Basilicum
Part of plant used: Leaves
Extraction method: Steam Distilled
Country of origin: India
Blends nicely with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove bud, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Neroli, Rosemary
Therapeutic uses: Headaches, clarity of mind, enhances memory, lifts depression, reduces anxiety, helps to ease menstrual cramps.
Basil was dedicated to the Hindu gods Vishnu & Krishna. In Greek its name means ‘royal remedy’ or ‘king’. In the 16th century, powdered basil was used to treat migraines and chest infections. The ancient Egyptians believed that it would open the gates of heaven to a dying person, and the Hindus use Basil sprigs to protect the dead from evil while in transition between lives. Western European lore sometimes claimed that it was a symbol of evil, while the Eastern Orthodox Church used it in the making of holy water.
PRECAUTION: avoid during pregnancy