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 if you aren’t using it regularly! 

Benefits for your joints, skin, 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.

Basil essential oil is also known as sweet basil or common basil oil. 

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

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Basil Essential Oil Facts

Botanical Name:

Ocimum basilicum

Ocimum basilicum ct linalool.

Botanical Family:

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Part Used:

Leaves and flowers

Extraction Method:

Steam distilled


Sweet, herbaceous, licorice-like

Main Constituents:


One of Basil’s most prominent chemical components is linalool. 

High linalool content in both plants and flowers has the unique ability to help relax the mind and body, especially when concentrated into an essential oil. 

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The linalool found in the basil plant and Basil essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of tension and sadness when ingested. 

Scientists in Mexico City recently found that linalool affects the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes such familiar neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine, and the adrenaline/noradrenaline adrenergic system.* 

Linalool is extremely effective on these neurotransmitters because it acts on multiple receptors in this monoaminergic system. 

When substances like linalool target multiple receptors, they are more potent and longer lasting than molecules that only target one receptor. 

Because linalool supports brain chemistry balance in these receptors, it reduces sad feelings.

The high linalool content in basil plants and Basil oil provides a great natural solution for balancing mood and reducing sad moods. To learn more about the chemical constituents of Basil oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Shelf Life:

5 years

Safety Precautions:

May irritate sensitive skin, best to test a small area of skin first. Always dilute before applying to skin. 

Basil Essential Oil Blends Well With:

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

Therapeutic Uses:

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


Basil Essential Oil Uses & 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.

– 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.

– Try using this oil to help relieve a tension headache as well. Make a Tension Headache Roll On: 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.

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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.

– Make a Soothing Inhaler: Add 5 drops basil, 5 drops bergamot, and 5 drops of clary sage to a blank inhaler or spray bottle. To use, place the inhaler under nose and inhale deeply.

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.

– Make a warm compress by placing 3 drops of 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.

– Create a 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.

– Diffuse Mental Fatigue Blend: Place 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops peppermint, and 1 drop basil to your diffuser with recommended water and turn on. It will stimulate your mind while allowing you to focus on the task at hand. 


Basil renews you! 

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