Essential Oils A to Z: Anise & Basil

by FabulousFrannie

What a delight it was last month discussing Amyris and Angelica Root, so let’s continue this journey with this month’s selections…

Illicium verum is native to China and steam distilled to create its oil. Anise is a top/middle note oil with a sharp, licorice-like aroma that blends well with Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender, Orange and Pine.

For thousands of years, Anise has been highly regarded for its digestive wonders. The ancient Romans would combine it with Cumin and Fennel into an after-meal cake. Another major benefit of this oil is minor pain relief, namely for muscles and toothaches. It makes for a great addition to homemade toothpaste or mouthwash for this reason, as well as its delightful aroma, and antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Anise is also an expectorant, decongestant, antioxidant, stimulant and insecticide.

Originated in France, the leaves of Ocimum basilicum are steam distilled to create this refreshing oil. Both sweet and spicy, this top note oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Neroli and Rosemary.

Some of Basil’s properties include antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, digestive and insect repellant. Due to the fact that it is beneficial in fighting off bacteria and odors, it is great to add a small amount to food or body fragrances (it makes for a nice refreshing addition to homemade deodorants). One of the most regarded qualities of this oil is its uplifting quality, both for the mind and body. Use it in an oil diffuser to help promote mental clarity and alertness. To help combat minor pain and inflammation of the joints, add to a carrier oil (feel free to combine with other essential oils) and massage gently into the desired area.

Check back next month for more information about Bergamot and Birch Sweet.


*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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