The essential oil of basil is produced by steam-distilling the herb, resulting in a sweet, spicy fragrance evocative of sunny Mediterranean holidays. Basil's uplifting and strengthening effects on the nervous system make it a valuable oil for treating anxiety and depression. Its restorative properties can also help treat symptoms of stress and tension.
The antiseptic and antispasmodic effects of basil make it a good for abdominal massage oil for clearing intestinal infections. It is also helpful for treating painful digestive disorders. Basil's decongestant action in a steam inhalation is a very effective remedy for coughs and catarrh. It also has a beneficial action on the respiratory tract and can restore a sense of smell and taste.