An essential oil for the New Year – Sweet or French Basil, Ocimum basilicum
As we start to move through 2022 we want to cultivate a sense of new beginnings, new opportunities and new and lasting positivity to encourage us to make the most of this new year. I can’t think of a more appropriate and effective essential oil to help us on our journeys than Basil.
Basil comes from the Greek word, basilikon phuton, meaning “king” and the ancient Greeks believed breathing its aroma could open the gateway to heaven. There are many forms of basil but sweet basil is the most common form from which oil is extracted. One of its common names is “Joy of the Mountain” which sums up its clean, herbaceous scent, redolent of sunny days and clear blue skies!
In Ayurvedic medicine it is highly valued for its ability to protect both physical and mental wellbeing; used for respiratory problems, colds, asthma and flu, improving blood circulation and digestion, rheumatic pain, irritated skin and nervous conditions. Its fresh, sweet-spicy aroma helps to clear and refresh the mind and calm anxiety.
The main chemical constituent of basil is Linalool which is known to be clarifying, stimulating and invigorating. Diffusing the oil will energise the mind and improve its focus as well as helping to clear migraines and headaches. Add 2 or 3 drops of the oil to a diffuser to enhance your wellbeing; the oil balances, revives and strengthens and allows you to focus and move forward with confidence.