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Aroma: Camphoraceous, clove—like, fresh, warm
Basil oil is obtained through steam distillation of the flower tops, leaves, or shoots. The oil is yellow and aromatic. In India, basil is sacred to both Krishna and Vishnu. An Indian custom is to sleep with a basil leaf on the chest.
Medicinal qualities include being a stimulant, and giving restorative and uplifting feelings. Emotionally, according to Ayurveda, Holy Basil, through inhalation may aid with anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. It is a stress reducer without being a sedative.
The scent strengthens the nerves and clears the head. Basil also stimulates the mind and revives the spirits. Keep some on hand if you suffer from exam jitters, travel sickness, or nausea. Some people find the scent of basil useful in treating headaches, anxiety, and stress. Although excessive amounts can cause feelings of unwellness. Basil is also used to repel mosquitoes and flies.
Note: Although remedial, people with major health ailments like cancer, or epilepsy should avoid use. Non—toxic, non—irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Not to be used while pregnant.