Basil, a member of the Lamiacea (mint) family, has powerful healing properties as evidenced by its Greek name derivative “basileum”, meaning “king”. This herb was traditionally used in the 16th century to treat migraines and chest infections. Historically, the Hindu people put basil on the dead in order to protect them from evil spirits and Italian women wore basil in order to attract possible suitors.
This chemotype of Basil contains high levels of methyl chavicol, a constituent with strong anti-inflammatory and microbial inhibiting properties. Furthermore, as a phenylpropanoid, it also has the ability to clean receptor sites. Basil’s other constituents of linalol and eugenol provides additional protection from microbial growth. The presence of 1-8 cineol, a terpene, has stimulating properties in the human body and has also been suggested as an agent of allelopathic reactions, meaning it is good in agriculture to suppress or stimulate the growth of other plants surrounding it.
Scientific journals have validated Basil’s antioxidant, anti-tumoral, and microbe suppressing effects. It has also been used relax muscles and support the lungs. Its fragrance is uplifting and helps fight mental fatigue.
Essential Oils Desk Reference
The following articles from www.pubmed.com
PMID: 17924700, PMID 17221914
PMID: 17980946 (linalol)
PMID: 17342533 (linalool)
Metal Chelating properties: PMID 17221941
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