Herbal Spotlight: All About Basil

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(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TREATING ANY CONDITION. THE INFORMATION BELOW SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE)

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I am currently studying to become a community herbalist and have used herbs to treat minor ailments for 14 years. All information shared in these posts come from study, research and experience.

Before we get into the amazing uses of this flower, let’s go over some basic GUIDELINES as these will apply to any herb you work with:

*Prior to starting an herbal regimen, speak with a licensed *physician.

*Herbal medicines (sometimes called supplements) come in     flower, capsules, tinctures and essential oils. 

*Essential oils SHOULD NEVER BE INGESTED.

*Essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil and tested on a small patch of skin to test for allergic reactions. 

*Carrier oils: Coconut, almond, grapeseed, apricot, and hemp. (There are others, do your research for a complete list).

*ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU ARE UNSURE.

*The herbal market isn’t licensed by the FDA, (I will keep my opinion out of this) so research, research, research. Know where your herbs come from. There are excellent (and well known) herbal manufacturers online as well as brick and mortar. Read customer reviews, ask for lab results etc. The point is to make sure the products you use are safe for you, your family, and community.

Type of plant: Basil linalol, Ocimum basilicum ct.

Part Used:  leaves and flowering tops

Therapeutic Uses:  Muscular spasms, respiratory conditions, nausea

Blends Well With:  clary sage, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender

Precautions:  Avoid during pregnancy

Muscle Soothing Roll On

6 drops Palo Santo Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

2 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil

2 drops Basil Essential Oil

2 drops Marjoram Essential Oil

Place the essential oils in a 10ml glass roll-on bottle and use a carrier oil to fill. Massage liberally into sore muscles and joints. You can purchase roller bottles with roller balls here.

Bye Bye Bugs Diffuser Recipe

2 drops Thyme Essential Oil

2 drops Basil Essential Oil

2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Place the essential oil drops in your essential oil diffuser and enjoy your patio time.

If you’re interested in learning more about natural remedies, here’s a good resource.

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