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Ingredient spotlight : Basil essential oil

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Basil in its original form is known for its inclusion in Italian cooking. However, Basil has many beneficial properties that reach far beyond a very tasty pasta sauce.

Several religions and spiritual beliefs practice rituals that emphasize the significance of the use of Basil. In Judaism, traditional stories advocate the use of Basil for increased strength during times of fasting. In various Orthodox churches, Basil is often used to either sprinkle or prepare holy water. As well, pots of the herb are often positioned below church altars to pay reverence to the belief that it was found growing around the grave of Christ. According to various other belief systems, such as those of Europe, India, and the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece, Basil was buried with those who passed away, as it was believed to have protective qualities that could help keep them secure on their journey to the Afterlife, guaranteeing their safe arrival at the gates of Heaven. In other parts of the world, Basil has come to represent good fortune. Accordingly, in places like Mexico, bunches of Basil are sometimes hung in shop doorways or windows, as the growth of the herb is believed to reflect the owner’s diligence as well as the success of the business. (source : New Directions Aromatics)

Basil Essential Oil is extracted through steam distillation and has a sweet-peppery, fresh aroma with a faint balsamic woody undertone.

In aromatherapy, Basil Essential Oil can be used for soothing or eliminating headaches, fatigue, sadness. It can help to ease digestive complaints. It is also said to assist with mental clarity and boost courage. Basil essential oil can help in refreshing, nourishing and supporting the repair of damaged or lackluster skin

Find Basil Essential Oil in our Watermelon Mojito soap.

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