Basil

Latin:  Ocimum basilicum

Family:  Lamiaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves, flowering tops

Taste/Energetics:   Pungent, spicy, sweet, warming

Properties:  Antimicrobial, antidepressant, expectorant, stomachic, carminitive, stimulant, antispasmodic

Actions:  This commonly used kitchen herb has long been favored to use in cooking because of its uplifting delicious taste.  Basil relieves headaches, cramping in the stomach, indigestion and nausea, has antimicrobial properties and is useful in treating intestinal worms.   Basil is also useful as expectorant in dank, phlegmy respiratory conditions.  For mental health it has a stimulating uplifting quality that makes it quite useful in aromatherapy.  It has a warming quality and I like to think of it for people who feel cold, distant, tired, depressed and stagnant.

Dose:  Often in culinary dishes or used as an essential oil/hydrosol in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.   5 drops essential oil to 10 ml of carrier oil.

Contraindications:  None