Basil is a herb that originates from Africa and is grown all over the world now. Basil is now grown for medicinal and culinary use. This plant is sacred in the Hindu religion and has many medicinal uses in India and other eastern countries. The whole plant is subjected to a process of steam distillation to obtain the essential oil used in aromatherapy.
Basil is valued for its soothing and uplifting effects. Its sweet, liquor-ice-like fragrance alleviates fatigue and depression and has a general tonic effect. Basil has a refreshing, invigorating effect and also has antiseptic properties. It is effective in treating respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis and can also alleviate the symptoms of fever, gout and indigestion. It seems to be equally effective in relieving tired and over-worked muscles and is widely used in baths, inhalation and massage. Its strongly antiseptic effect soothes skin abrasions and assists the healing process. It also has insect repellent qualities. As a digestive aid, basil’s antispasmodic effect has made it a favored herb in cookery throughout the ages.
Precautions On Use Of Basil
But it is advisable to avoid using basil during pregnancy as it can also have a depressant effect. So use basil in moderation. It is relatively non-toxic, but should be well diluted to avoid possible skin irritation.