The Ultimate Healing Agent – Basil Oil
Basil is a flavorful, leafy green herb that originates in tropical regions from Central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is an herb in the mint family used for its leaves. It is an annual or sometimes perennial herb available in many different varieties. Depending upon the type, plants can reach heights of between 30 and 150 cm (1 and 5 ft).
It adds flavor to the meals, and its nutrients provide many health benefits. Basil, a comestible herb of the family Lamiaceae, is also known as the great Basil. It is a tender plant and is used in cuisines worldwide.
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) plays a significant role in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.
Basil pesto is immensely loved in these cuisines as it adds a typical flavor to the dishes like salads, pasta, pizza, grilled steak, pork chops, chicken, and even fish. As the name suggests,
Basil oil manufactures from the leaves of the Basil. Basil oil has become quite popular in recent years for its exceptional antiseptic properties that help cure acne breakout, eradicate skin problems, soothe skin, and improve circulation.
Basil oil helps to cure hair-related problems as well. A large population globally suffers from dandruff. Age, gender, or race doesn’t matter to dandruff. Massaging basil oil and coconut oil deep in your scalp will help you prevent dandruff. It also helps in hair growth.
Basil oil is widely used for aromatherapy applications as well. Basil oil also has several medicinal benefits and is often used as a healing agent for various ailments.
BENEFITS OF BASIL OIL:
1. SKIN RELATED PROBLEMS
• Basil oil constitutes extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties that work well in healing skin irritations, minor wounds, and aches.
• Cleansing The Skin: Basil oil acts as a great cleaning agent because it cleans the skin from within. Basil oil is also perfect for those with oily skin. It also helps in removing dirt and other impurities from your skin.
• Treating Acne: Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne is most common among teenagers and young adults, though it affects people of all ages. The excellent anti-inflammatory properties of basil prevent the swelling of pimples by minimizing the inflammation. So mix basil oil with rose water and lemon juice and regularly apply it to acne to get rid of them forever.
2. FOR HAIR RELATED PROBLEMS:
• Treating Dandruff: Dandruff causes tremendous hair fall; basil oil helps clear dandruff. Basil oil reduces excessive scalp dryness and further removes impurities and dead cells from the scalp. All you have to do is massage a mixture of basil oil and coconut oil. Make sure the mixture reaches your scalp. It will help alleviate itching, increase blood flow, and make the hair root healthy.
• Promoting Hair Growth: Basil oil is exceptionally beneficial to speed up hair growth. Massaging basil oil will improve blood circulation in your scalp. This will further stimulate the hair follicles and promote the production of new healthy hair all over again.
3. FOR AROMATHERAPY APPLICATIONS:
• Basil Oil is ideal for soothing or eliminating headaches, fatigue, sadness, and the discomforts of asthma, as well as for inspiring psychological endurance. Basil oil stimulates, clarifies, calms, energizes, and uplifts the mind. It also repels insects, eliminates odor-causing bacteria, and relieves respiratory and digestive discomforts.
• Remove the basil leaves from the stem.
• Place oil in a printed Mason jar.
• Carefully stuff basil into the Mason jar.
• Close the jar with a lid.
• Store on a sunny windowsill for a day.
• Use a funnel to strain all the oil out, and then use a spoon to
smash the last sections of the oil out of the leaves.
• Discard all the basil leaves.
• Transfer the oil into a usable clean jar.
• You are good to go.
4. FOR COOKING PURPOSES:
• Basil oil is perfect for when you want a spark of basil but doesn’t want to overpower the other flavors like corn or tomatoes. It adds flavor to the meals, and its nutrients provide many health benefits. Just try to drizzle it over grilled loaves of bread, toss in with steamed green beans, or pour it over a cold summer soup.
Basil oil blends with Bergamot, Lavender, Marjoram, Geranium, Peppermint, Clary Sage, Ginger, Grapefruit, and Lemon essential oils. It plays a significant role in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines as well. Basil pesto is immensely loved in these cuisines as it adds a typical flavor to the dishes like salads, pasta, pizza, grilled steak, pork chops, chicken, and even fish.
• Basil oil sauce: The most popular and the best way to use basil oil is to make basil oil sauce. For doing so, all you have to do is to place a mixture of basil oil, water, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes in a mini-food processor and pulse a few times. Add the olive oil and blend until you have a smooth sauce. Use immediately or refrigerate for 2 to 3 days or until ready to use. Flavors are even more intense the next day.
Use the basil garlic oil for the freshest flavor within 24-48 hours.
You can adjust the thickness level of the sauce based on your preference; for a thicker sauce, use about 1⁄2 a cup of olive oil, and for more of a liquid sauce, use 1 cup of olive oil. There are so many ways to use this sauce; in salads, as a dip, on top of grilled meat or fish, drizzling it over soups for a burst of flavor, adding it with grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza, mixing it with rice for making a delicious basil garlic rice, drizzling it over roasted vegetables, etc.
5. FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES:
• Basil is considered the “Mother Medicine of Nature” in the Hindu culture. Since ancient times, it has been in use as an herb that can promote a healthy body, mind, and spirit. It is used for its many health benefits and is also popular in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
• Basil is considered an Adaptogen in the western areas. It combats the adverse effects of stress stabilizes blood sugar levels and promotes durability.
• Basil oil eases minor skin irritations, cramps, joint pain, muscular aches, and even exhaustion. It is also considered to stimulate immune functions, protect against infections, reduce water retention, and stabilize irregular menstruation.
• To use basil oil as a medication, all you need to do is add two tablespoons of basil oil to boiling water and then put the mixture on the affected area for about 5 minutes and then drain it.
• For solving digestive issues: Basil balances acid within your body and restores the body’s proper pH level. Basil oil has carminative properties; thus, basil oil is considered a digestive tonic and is used to relieve indigestion, constipation, and stomach cramps. All you have to do is add a few drops to your food. It will provide
immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines.
• For respiratory problems: Basil oil constitutes antibacterial properties effective against respiratory issues. It also has powerful spasmolytic properties, which help reduce cough symptoms. To heal cough and cold, take one cup of water and add a few drops of basil oil along with a small piece of ginger. To recover an aching throat, add basil oil in boiling water.
TYPES OF BASIL
1. HOLY BASIL: Basil is considered the “Mother Medicine of Nature” in the Hindu culture. Since ancient times, it has been used as an herb that can promote a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
2. SWEET BASIL: Sweet basil is the most common variety available at grocery stores. It has dark green and glossy leaves with a sweet but slightly spicy flavor. It is used in various recipes around the world. If your recipe by chance doesn’t specify the kind of basil to add, go for sweet basil.
3. CINNAMON BASIL: Like sweet basil, cinnamon basil is also very commonly used in various households and is readily available. It’s more widely used in Indian and other Asian cuisines and goes well with citrus fruits, teas, and baked goods.
4. THAI BASIL: As its name suggests, Thai basil is used more frequently in Asian dishes, especially in Thai cuisine. It is generally advised to add it before cooking as it resists more heat than sweet basil. It’s also pretty common to add it in soups and salads.
5. LIME BASIL: As its name suggests, Lime basil delivers a fresh citrus taste in addition to its traditional basil flavor. It has green color leaves and white color flowers. It has a strong lemon scent, and all parts of the flower, leaves, and stems are edible.
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