THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-bacterial, insecticidal, immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory
AFFINITY FOR: liver, central nervous system, circulatory system, skin, respiratory system, digestive system
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual
PLANT FAMILY: Lamiaceae
PART UTILIZED: leaves and flowering tops
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
APPLICATION: Holy basil should be very well diluted with carrier oil for topical application. It can be applied to areas of concern as well as the soles of the feet.
AROMATIC CONSIDDERATIONS: Holy basil has a distinct, fresh, herbaceous aroma with both cinnamon and clove-like accents. It is high in eugenol, the phytochemical that gives both clove and cinnamon oils their distinctive notes. Diffused, holy basil adds a preventative quality to the environment. The scent of holy basil is said to deter insects when diffused.
EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL/MENTAL ASPECTS: In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil is considered a purifier of the mind, body and spirit. Holy basil can be used for anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. In can act as a stress reducer without being a sedative. Some sources indicate that holy basil, like other basils, will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Holy basil has been reported to possess anti-bacterial and insecticidal properties. Applied diluted to the skin, it aids in circulation. Some sources indicate that holy basil can be useful in relieving the pain of peripheral neuropathy, arthritis and other joint diseases.
Holy basil also contains ursolic acid, a compound that has been shown to provide some protection to liver enzymes that deal with the breakdown of fats in our diet. Blood levels of cholesterol have been reported to decrease after using holy basil.
Holy basil, very well diluted, can be used for skin health and to enhance the complexion.