Basil essential oil is wonderful; it smells just like the herb! And it has great benefits. It’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and so much more!
Basil Essential Oil Properties
Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum
Color: light green.
Smell: It’s similar to the herb, mild and a little peppery.
Compounds: Methyl chavicol or estragole (30% – 45%), linalool, geranial, beta-ocimene, neral, geraniol, nerol, and caryophyllene have been found in the oil.
Basil Essential Oil Benefits
Basil essential oil reduces inflammation, kills cancer cells in vitro, microbes and insects, and even ease earaches.
It’s true. There are lots of lab studies that show basil oil has anti-inflammatory benefits.
These from 2016 and 2017 found the oil was great against acute and chronic inflammation. A 2014 PLoS One article proved a 1% basil oil blend was enough to reduce inflammation by 98%. Impressive, right?
It is antioxidant
Free radicals are harmful compounds that can damage the DNA in your cells. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. They neutralize these radicals and stop them from harming your body.
And the oil has very powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenging effects! That is according to the 2014 study mentioned above.
Basil oil can kill cancer cells
The same 2014 article also looked at basil’s cytotoxic effects on prostate cancer cells. The study revealed it has great anti-proliferative effects. And it recommended it for anti-tumor drugs.
It is antibacterial
There are a lot of studies that prove basil oil kills bacteria. One from 2014 was published in the Food Science and Nutrition Journal. It showed basil essential oil was very effective against several types of bacteria. These included E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus – the bacteria responsible for skin infections and sinusitis.
Basil oil is anti-fungal
The study outlined above also found basil oil can kill fungi, even at very low doses. The fungi tested here were Aspergillus niger (causes plant mold) and Candida albicans (causes yeast infections).
It fights ear aches
A 2005 animal study tested basil oil on ear infections. Two drops of the oil were added to a piece of cotton wool and placed over the ears of infected rats. A few days later, more than 75% of the infected rats were cured.
It is an effective insecticide
Another 2014 study tested the effects of basil oil on mosquito larvae and the protozoa species that causes malaria (Plasmodium falciparum). The results were promising. The study recommended the oil as an insecticide.
Basil Essential Oil Uses
If you plan on using it on your skin, be sure to patch test! I can’t stress that enough! Once you aren’t allergic to it, then add a drop of two of the oil to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier like coconut oil and tamanu oil.
Finally, I should mention precautions. Like with all oils, you should check with your doctor before using it. It’s super important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking meds, or suffer from any serious ailments. Be safe when it comes to essential oils and using them!
Where to buy basil essential oil
Or get it from JadeBloom.
Last updated: September 2018