Basil - Ocimum Basilium – Herbs
Blending Note: Base
Main Benefits: Soothes sore muscles and joints, Assists with clear breathing, Acts as a cooling agent for the skin, Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings
Properties: Emotionally and spiritually
Origin: India, Indonesia
Other producers are: Asia, Africa and Central and Southern America;
Allergy Warning: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a
doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Short History of Basil:
The name basil comes from Greek basileus "king. Basil belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, Its leaves show an intense green color on the upper side and a green-gray color on the bottom side. Basil was known since the times of Egyptians, who used it during religious ceremonies. It seems it was also used as an ingredient for the preparation of the balms used for mummification. In the Middle Age, it was believed to have magic powers, it was used as a defense against a monster which looked like a poisonous serpent. The origins of Basil are from India and Indonesia. It was probably introduced in Europe by Greeks and Romans, coming from the commercial routes which crossed the Middle East. Ancient Romans considered it the symbol of lovers, and it was also used as an aromatic herb in cooking. Apicius mentioned basil in a recipe with peas. In England was introduced around the sixteenth century, whereas in America will be introduced in the seventeenth century. In the western world, basil is the sign of fertility. In India, the Basil plant is sacred to both Krishna and Vishnu and is cherished in every Hindu house. Every good Hindu goes to his rest with a Basil leaf on his breast. This is his passport to Paradise.
Basil gets extracted by steam distillation. Oil is extracted from the leaves, stems, and flowers. The most aromatic leaves, sweet and fragrant, are the ones picked soon before blossoming, as they contain a higher quantity of oily substances determining the aroma, whereas the elder leaves tend to have a more piquant taste. In India basil is pretty common to plant in order to check the salubrity of a soil, the good growth of the plant makes a place or soil good. In India, a plant of basil cultivated in front of the house keeps unwanted insects away. The Indian traditions believe it is a sign of the culture and the religious beliefs of the family. The soil surrounding the plant is manured with cow's manure, an animal considered sacred in India. In the richest houses are being cultivated many plants of Tulsi, in order to make a small sacred garden called tulsi-van or Vrindavan. Sacred Hindu writings suggested considering tulsi not as a simple plant, but as a natural representation of the gods Vishnu or Krishna. The strong aromatic scent of the leaves is very much like cloves.
Anxiousness, Fear, Nervousness, Strengthens, Calming, Stress, Fatigue,
Diffusers, Ointment, Cream, Massage cooking