Basil originated in Asia and Africa prior to 356 B.C.E., and brought to Greece by Alexander the Great. Basil made its way from India to England in the 1500s, and arrived in the U.S. in the very early 1600 when the Pilgrims migrated. Basil is also found in Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Italy, the Comoro Islands, and Hungary.
It was a staple grown in medieval gardens. Basil’s folklore is as complex as its flavor and aromas. In terms of its legend and symbolism, basil has been both loved and feared. Its associations include such polar opposites as love and hate, danger and protection, and life and death.
Basil is a part of religious traditions around the world, from Christianity to Hindu. Although there is no mention of basil in the Bible, the plant is said to have grown at the site of Christ’s crucifixion and is associated with St. Basil, whose feast day is celebrated on January 1 by having basil blessed at church.
Basil has sweet, green, and herbacious notes with a hint of spicy, licorice undertones. It blends well with lavender, geranium, bergamot, lime, lemon, frankincense and pine.
The main therapeutic properties of basil are as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive aid, and tonic. Basil is a great essential oil to use while meditating to help clear the mind and to stimulate mental activity. However, caution should be taken with basil and should not be used for prolonged periods of time. Pregnant women should avoid using Basil Essential oil throughout their pregnancy. Avoid using if you have sensitive skin.
To order Basil Essential Oil, you can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs.
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