Monday, March 19, 2012

Basil Essential Oil

Affect on the Body

Basil has a powerful effect on the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are not functioning properly there is a strong feeling of “burn out,” so that even smallest activities feel like a burden. I have heard clients experiencing adrenal fatigue say that they just can’t handle one more thing. The inability to handle stress accurately describes the state of body, mind and spirit that basil supports. The confusing thing about adrenal fatigue is that it feels emotional when, in reality, it is more of a physical state triggered by excess stress, a fast-paced life and worry. When we make our bodies work for too long, we run out of energy. Our body produces the hormone adrenalin so that we can continue functioning. The longer we live on adrenalin the more draining it is to our adrenal glands which are responsible for producing it. Staying up late at night and living with high stress for long periods of time will eventually have its toll. The side effects of such behaviors can be seen all over the body, but most especially in the adrenal glands. You can also use basil oil to support your adrenal glands and to invite strength, renewal and energy.

“Sometimes I feel stressed, I feel anxious in my whole body, and I feel like I am going to lose it if I don’t get a break. I have found that if I will stop what I am doing, put on a few drops of basil, and take a few minutes to do some meditation (or deep breathing) my body will calm down in about five minutes. I can actually feel the moment my body changes its chemical response by pouring chemicals and hormones of relaxation into my blood stream. My “frazzled nervous system,” relaxes and so does my mind. When I take these short five to ten minute intervals throughout my day, everything goes much better afterward and I am more productive. It is much more effective to take breaks and live in peace than it is to live in a state of overwhelm and stress.” –D.M.

We learn from Mary Shomon that the symptoms of adrenal fatigue/exhaustion are:

· excessive fatigue and exhaustion

· no-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but awake fatigued)

· overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors

· feeling rundown or overwhelmed

· craving salty and sweet foods

· you feel most energetic in the evening

· a feeling of not being restored after a full night’s sleep or having sleep disturbances

· low stamina, slow to recover from exercise

· slow to recover from injury, illness or stress

· difficulty concentrating, brain fog

· poor digestion

· low immune function

· food or environmental allergies

· premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause

· consistent low blood pressure

· extreme sensitivity to cold[1]

Basil also supports the respiratory system. “Basil resembles peppermint in many ways. Its scent has the same piercing quality, but it is hotter. They are both good for fainting, indigestion, vomiting, etc. They also have a similar hot/cold quality… Drs Gatti and Cajola attribute basil with an inferior action to eucalyptus, but a superior action to thyme oil in diseases of the respiratory tract. Its affinity to peppermint and its piercing quality would seem to indicate basil as useful for sinus congestion.”[2]

Other Physical Uses: bronchitis, colds, fainting, headaches, insect bites/repellent, insomnia, intestinal problems, muscle spasms, vomiting.[3]

Body Systems: Digestive, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Muscular and Skeletal.

Affect on the Heart and Mind

While basil can be helpful for a variety of physical complaints, basil works more in the mental and emotional realm than it does with the physical body. The smell of basil oil brings strength to the heart and relaxation to the mind. This oil is excellent for nervousness, anxiety and depression. Basil oil is helpful for a nervous personality, who is under a great deal of mental strain. The symptoms of adrenal exhaustion help us to understand the main mood that is treated with basil, primarily: overwhelm, fatigue, low energy, and the inability to cope with life’s stressors. Robert Tisserand, an essential oil expert, said “oil of basil is an excellent, indeed perhaps the best, aromatic nerve tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.”[4] The smell of Basil Essential oil alone assists the body in moving out of stress to a more calm healing state.

Affect on the Spirit

Basil Essential Oil helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It reconnects us with our bodies, thoughts and feelings. It raises us out of the mire of petty mechanical thoughts into dynamic thinking. Basil oil is primarily yang in action. It strengthens the spirit, and deepens the spirit’s connection to the lower four energy centers of the body. It is uplifting, clarifying and strengthening. Basil is for those who are weary in mind and body. It brings rejuvenation of vital forces after long periods of burn out and exhaustion. In short, basil oil addresses a soul state of those in need of strength and renewal.

Basil is in the following doTERRA Oil Blends: AromaTouch & PastTense

Affinity on a scale of 1-10 with the Chakras:

Root-4 Sacral-5 Solar Plexus-6 Heart-4 Throat-2 Brow-1 Crown-1


[1] Shomon, Mary. “Adrenal Fatigue / Adrenal Exhaustion.” Part of The New York Times Company, Dec 3 2003. Web. 12 Dec 2010. .

[2] Tisserand, Robert. The Art of Aromatherapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1977. 181-184. Print.

[3] Modern Essentials . 1st Edition. Spanish Fork: Abundant Health, 2009. 28-176. Print.

[4] Tisserand, Robert. The Art of Aromatherapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1977. 181-184. Print.

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