Basil Essential Oil Uses and Benefits with Diffuser Blends & DIY Recipes

Basil Essential Oil Uses and Benefits with Diffuser Blends & DIY Recipes

Basil essential oil may not be a go-to oil for you, but it does have some surprising natural health benefits that you may be missing out on. Benefits for your skin, joints, mind and so much more.

Basil has a long history of use, going back more than 5000 years. Many cultures have attributed spiritual and healing properties to it.

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Sweet Basil Essential Oil Facts

Basil essential oil is also known as sweet basil or common basil oil. There are at least 35 different species of basil. So you may find other types of basil oils, like holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum).

You may also see basil written as Basil Linalool or Ocimum basilicum ct linalool. The ct stands for chemotype.

Chemotypes are plants of the same species which look identical but have a variation in the chemical components of their oils due to different conditions of growth. In basil linalool, there is a high linalool count present.

Basil is highly valued in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as a protector of both physical and mental well-being.

Botanical Name

Ocimum basilicum ,Ocimum basilicum ct linalool.

Botanical Family Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Aka Sweet Basil, Basil Linalool
Note Top
Aroma Sweet, herbaceous, licorice-like
Extraction Method Steam distilled
Plant Part Used Leaves and flowers
Shelf Life 3-5 years
Kid Safe? Yes
Safety Concerns May irritate sensitive skin, best to test a small area of skin first. Always dilute before applying to skin. Avoid during pregnancy.


Basil Essential Oil Blends Well With

There are many oils that Basil blends well with, this is not an exhaustive list, just some suggestions:

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Cypress
  • White Fir
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon

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Therapeutic Uses:

Muscular spasm and contraction, rheumatism, digestive problems, nausea, flatulence, menstrual cramp, dysmenorrhea, headache, migraines, tension, stress, physical and mental exhaustion.

Therapeutic Properties:

Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, restorative, stomachic, tonic.

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Basil Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

1. Eases Aches & Pain

Basil oil has demonstrated pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. One favorite way to use basil is to help ease unwanted muscle spasms. This oil also acts as a powerful cooling agent for the skin and can bring a sense of relief when you need it most.

Achy Body Oil Recipe:
Add 1-2 drops of basil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, like jojoba oil, massage into achy joints and muscles. You can also add to unscented lotion or body cream and rub on affected areas.

 Tension Headache Roll On Blend:
Try using this oil to help relieve a tension headache as well. Make a : Add 3 drops of basil, 3 drops of lavender, and 4 drops of frankincense to a 10 ml roller bottle, fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil. Shake to blend. To use, roll onto temples (avoid the eyes) and back of neck/shoulders.


2. Calms Anxiety & Stress

- Basil oil is rich in linalool, which makes this oil very relaxing and beneficial for decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety. Use it before bedtime to help you wind down and transition into bedtime.

 Soothing Inhaler Blend:
Make a  Add 5 drops basil, 5 drops bergamot, and 5 drops of clary sage to a blank inhaler. To use, place the inhaler under nose and inhale deeply. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.


3. Clears Congestion & Soothes Cough

- Basil is useful for respiratory issues, colds, and the flu. It is an expectorant and offers antispasmodic actions which may help relieve coughing.

 Chest Compress Recipe:
Make a warm compress by placing 3 drops of basil oil into bowl of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the bowl and wring out. Lay down, place washcloth onto chest, and just relax.


4. Eliminates Odors & Germs

You can use basil oil to remove bacteria from surfaces and freshen the air, especially beneficial for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. It is a potent antibacterial and antiviral oil.

  DIY Purifying Air Freshener:
Add  6 drops of basil, 7 drops of tea tree and 12 drops of grapefruit to 4 oz glass spray bottle. Fill rest of bottle with water, leaving room for sprayer top. Shake well before use, spritz throughout kitchen and bathroom to encourage clean air, especially during cold and flu season.


5. Focuses The Mind

Difficulty focusing while at work, reading or studying? Try basil essential oil to promote a sense of mental alertness and clarity of thought. It is also incredibly uplifting and helps one maintain an open mind.

 Mental Fatigue Inhaler Blend:
Add 6 drops rosemary, 4 drops peppermint, and 2 drops basil to a blank inhaler. To use, place the inhaler under nose and inhale deeply. It will stimulate your mind while allowing you to focus on the task at hand. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.


Basil Diffuser Blends

Add drops of essential oil from diffuser recipe to your diffuser with recommended water and turn on.  Click here to learn more about diffusing oils.

 Serene Diffuser Blend

  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Fennel
  • 2 drops Basil


Basil Diffuser Blend - Serene by Loving Essential Oils with sandalwood, basil, and fennel

 Herby Citrus Mint

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Spearmint


Basil Diffuser Blends - Herby Citrus Mint by Loving Essential Oils with lavender, basil, lemon and spearmint

 Maintaining Balance

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Rose Geranium


Basil Diffuser Recipes - Maintaining Balance by Loving Essential Oils with lavender, basil, and rose geranium

 Adventure Ready

  • 2 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 1 drop Cypress


Basil Diffuser Recipe - Adventure Ready by Loving Essential Oils with Basil, Grapefruit, and Cypress

General Essential Oil Safety Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10.

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.

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Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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