As you walk along the streets of Cyprus, many times you will smell the beautiful scent of Basil which grows abundantly throughout the island. It is revered as a sacred plant, as it is believed to ward off evil and was also believed to have been placed in the tomb of Jesus. It is also believed to have been found growing in the place where Saint Helen found the cross of Jesus.
Basil is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. The name basil comes from the Greek name, “Vassilios”, meaning ‘King”, possibly because the plant was so highly prized it was considered a king among plants but also because it was one of the ingredient oils used when anointing kings.
In the Christian Orthodox religion, Basil is used to prepare holy water and when a priest comes to bless your home and the inhabitants, he comes with a bowl of holy water and a bunch of Basil, which he dips into the holy water sprinkles the area and anyone present. In many countries in Europe Basil is placed in the hands of the dead before burial to ensure a safe journey into the afterlife. In India, it is placed in the mouths of the dying to ensure that the person reaches God.
Throughout the ages Basil has been used for Wealth, Protection, exorcism, love magick, Clairvoyance and psychic development. It can be placed in each corner of the home to bring protection and can also be worn as a charm or placed in your car. For bringing abundance to your business it can be crushed and sprinkled in front of your shop or place of work. One of the things I do is to dry some Basil leaves and then burn them as inscence and smudge my home for protection and cleansing.
★Health benefits of basil essential oil include the following:★
★Cosmetics: Basil essential oil is used topically to massage the skin. It enhances the luster of dull looking skin as well as hair. As a result it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also used for acne and skin infections.
★Digestion: Basil essential oil is also used as a digestive tonic. Since basil oil has carminative properties, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It is also colic and hence is used for bowel pain.
★Cold: Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from cold, influenza and associated fever. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is used in case of whooping cough.
★Respiratory: Apart from its usage in cough, it is used for asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
★Infections: Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, bladder infections, etc., due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections.
★Stress disorder: Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect and hence it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Due to this calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy. It regular use gives mental strength and clarity.
★Blood circulation: Basil oil improves blood circulation and thus helps in increasing the metabolism.
★Pain relief: It is analgesic and provides relief from pain. Hence it is used in arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, sprains, headaches, etc.
★Eye treatment: It is ophthalmic and hence relieves bloodshot eyes.
★Anti vomiting: Basil essential oil can be used as an anti vomiting agent in motion sickness and many other vomiting cases.
Other Names: St. Joseph’s Wort, Witches Herb, American Dittany
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