Basil essential oil is an extract from the leaves and seeds of a culinary herb that originated in India known as Ocimum basilicum. This oil is popular as a cooking ingredient in many parts of Europe, Central Asia, India and Southeast Asia, but it is widely used in India for its medicinal properties.

Here are some of the health benefits of basil essential oil:

1. It helps to keep skin and hair soft and shiny.

Basil essential oil is used in many skin care supplements because of its ability to enhance the luster of the skin and hair.  It is also known to cure acne and skin infections.

2. It helps to relieve digestion problems.

This essential oil has carminative properties which help to treat flatulence, indigestion, stomach cramps and constipation.

3. It helps to relieve cold and flu and cough

It has the ability to provide relief from cold, flu, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma and sinus infections.

4. It helps to treat infections.

Basil essential oil has antibacterial properties which are known to work against bladder infections, skin infections, cuts and wounds.

5. It helps to relieve stress.

It’s calming and refreshing effect has made basil essential oil useful in relieving stress, mental fatigue and depression.  If used regularly, it can also help to promote mental strength and clarity.

6. It helps to boost circulation.

Its ability to improve blood circulation has made basil essential oil effective in enhancing metabolism and physical and mental alertness.

7. It helps to relieve pain.

Basil essential oil contains analgesic properties which help to provide relief from pain due to headaches, burns, arthritis and muscle and joint pains.

8.  It helps to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness

Basil essential oil is an effective anti-vomiting agent.  It has been used to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness and other causes.

These are some of the health benefits of basil essential oil.  As a word of caution, it should not be used on pregnant women and children below 12 years old.  Avoid applying it pure on your skin.