Basil’s use in traditional medicine spanning hundreds of years, with a foundation in digestive and respiratory support. 16th century applications include snakebite treatments, respiratory tract inhalants, and migraine relief.
The oil possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and decongestant properties, with an aroma that is said to alleviate fatigue and stress, while stimulating concentration. Basil can be blended or used purely with a carrier oil and I always use a good quality Fractionated Coconut Oil, like doTERRA's one, but you can use a light Olive Oil or whatever you have on hand.
Below are 5 pure supportive applications and are all are suggested to be diluted in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil, unless directed otherwise.
Relieve the symptoms of bronchitis by diluting basil accordingly with your chosen carrier oil and applying topically to the chest, back, and throat. Or use the steam method – steam two drops of the oil in a pan of boiling water. Remove the boiling water from the stove and, after pouring into a separate bowl, put a towel over your head and the bowl. Inhale deeply. You can also add some Peppermint Oil too.
For those who feel low energy or chronic fatigue, run a hot bath and disperse three drops of basil in the bathwater. Soak for twenty minutes, inhaling deeply. You can also diffuse the oil or apply topically, diluted, to the reflex points of the feet.
This works SO WELL! To soothe minor irritations such as insect bites or stings, dilute the basil in a 1:3 ratio when applying to insect bites or stings. Up to three times a day, lather the application on the affected spots in order to relieve irritation, inflammation, and infection. It works a treat...I have used it on spider bites and all sorts of bites!
Basil helps ease pain. You can alleviate menstrual cramps through a diluted topical application. Simply massage into the affected area – the lower back and abdomen – as well as into the soles of the feet.
Protect against infection and speed the process of wound healing by creating a basil spray. Simply add 3-4 drops of oil to a spray bottle of distilled water and douse the wound. You can also dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically, if the wound is less sensitive.