Basil Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Though Basil oil is known for its culinary benefits; it also has a variety of uses for both the mind and the body. Learn how you can use Basil to decrease feelings of tension and anxiety while promoting a sense of mental alertness and focus.

Basil Oil Product Description 


Basil is a culinary must-have that has been used to enhance the taste of food of cultures across the world. This herb is part of the mint family and is great for adding a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrées. Though Basil oil is known for its culinary benefits; it also has a variety of uses for both the mind and the body. The basil plant and Basil oil is rich with linalool, a naturally occurring chemical, which is beneficial in decreasing feelings of tension when applied to the temples and reducing anxious feelings when diffused. Diffusing Basil oil can also help to promote a sense of mental alertness and focus. This well-rounded essential oil is a great addition to a kitchen, study area, office, or travel bag for on-the-go convenience. 


Basil Oil Uses and Benefits


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Cooking with Basil Oil Tips

  1. Basil oil is a wonderful way to spice up a variety of meals—especially Italian meals. From creamy pastas to your favorite orzotto, don’t forget to add an herbal kick by incorporating Basil oil into your Italian cuisines. The Basil plant is a commonly used herb in cooking because of its flavorful benefits. By adding a drop of Basil oil to your meals, you can create a culinary masterpiece that will be tasty and refreshing.  
  2. Bring the flavors of Greece to your table with this delicious Greek Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches with Basil oil. Basil oil is often used to bring a fresh, herbal taste to many dishes and these sandwiches are no exception. This would be a great lunch to make with the kids, or simple to serve as a main dish for your next barbecue.
  3. Making your own marinara sauce with basil oil is easy and nutritious. Eliminate the preservatives of store bought sauces and flavor your favorite dishes with homemade Roasted Marinara Sauce by trying this essential oil recipe in your kitchen. This recipe includes a delightful mix of natural ingredients topped with a hint of Basil and Oregano essential oils that will bring a delightful kick to your meal. The whole family will love the light and flavorful touch that this essential oil recipe brings to the table.
  4. Looking for a recipe that will feed a lot of people but won’t require you to spend a lot of money? Search no longer!  Spring Gnocchi is an inexpensive and delicious essential oil recipe that will have even the pickiest eaters wanting more.  This gnocchi side dish recipe, or vegetarian entree, will wake up your senses for spring seasoned with Lemon and Basil essential oils. No matter what the season may be, Spring Gnocchi is a crowd-pleasing dish you won’t want to pass up.
  5. Sometimes the most difficult part about meal time can be getting the family to eat vegetables. With this Black Bean Burger essential oil recipe, you can turn your vegetables into a classic, yet healthy, meal that both kids and adults will love. Transform flavorful vegetables, bread crumbs, Cilantro oil, and Basil oil into a mouthwatering patty that will leave you feeling healthy and full, rather than exhausted and heavy. For your next family favorite, try making this Basil essential oil recipe in your home.

Topical / Massage

  1. After a lively day playing sports or engaging in activity, apply a few drops of Basil oil to the areas of your skin that you feel could use some soothing. By rubbing Basil oil into the skin of these areas, your skin will experience a cooling sensation that is perfect for relaxing your body after an active day. Basil oil acts as a powerful cooling agent for the skin and can bring a sense of relief when you need it most.
  2. After a long day, what better way to unwind than with a light massage with Basil essential oil? Add Basil and Wintergreen together with a carrier oil. Use this blend and massage it onto the back of your neck or have a friend help. This blend will assist in relieving stress and providing a relaxing experience. The natural components of Basil oil will help dispel feelings of tension and act as a cooling agent for the skin.  

Diffusing Basil Oil

  1. Diffusing Basil oil has many powerful benefits and can be used to improve a variety of different situations. Basil oil has the capability to promote a sense of mental alertness and lessen anxious feelings when diffused. Try bringing your diffuser and Basil oil to work with you and then diffuse it when you are feeling tense or are at the end of a long work day and are seeking feelings of relief. If you or someone you know is having difficulty focusing when studying or reading, diffuse Basil oil to promote a sense of focus and mental alertness.
  2. If you are looking for a great Basil oil diffuser blend, try combining Lime, Bergamot, and Peppermint with Basil. This blend will not only give you the benefits of Basil oil, it will also provide you with an invigorating aroma that will positively affect your mood with stimulating and refreshing properties.


Menstrual Cycle

The discomforts that accompany a menstrual cycle can cause intense aches and muscle cramps that can sometimes hinder normal daily activity. In order to ease some of the effects of the menstrual cycle, put one drop of Basil oil into a Veggie Capsule and take internally to help provide soothing support during a menstrual cycle. Basil oil is a powerful oil when it comes to feminine discomforts. By internally taking appropriate amounts of Basil, the oil can help diffuse the monthly unease and can assist in getting women back on their feet and enjoying their regular routines.


Fun Fact about Basil

In Italian culture, basil was used as a sign of love. Placing a pot of basil on a balcony meant that a woman was ready for her suitor to come. If the man arrived with a sprig of basil, then the woman would fall in love with him. Wearing basil on his person signified that a man had serious intentions for a woman he was courting.1


Plant Description

Basil is a perennial plant that is part of the Lamiaceae (mints) family. There are many different varieties of Basil plants and they are typically grown for their leaves, which are used as herbs. These basil leaves are oval shaped and are either green or purple. The Basil leaves branch from a single stem that also produces clusters of white flowers at its tip. The leaves of the basil plant can grow up to 3–11 cm long and the plant as a whole can grow to be 30–130 cm tall.2


Chemistry of Basil Oil

Main Chemical Component: Linalool 


One of Basil’s most prominent chemical components is linalool. Linalool is a natural chemical found in a variety of plants and flowers. 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. 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.3*  The high linalool content in basil plants and Basil oil provides a great natural solution for balancing mood and reducing sad moods. 


Oils that Blend Well with Basil Oil

Basil oil blends well with BergamotLavenderMarjoramGeraniumPeppermintCedarwoodClary SageGingerGrapefruit, and Lemon essential oils for diffusing. 



Where to Buy Basil Essential Oil

When shopping for essential oils, you’ll want to ensure that the oils you choose are pure and high quality, in order to yield the benefits that each oil holds. Each doTERRA essential oil, including Basil is responsibly sourced, tested, and produced in a way that guarantees a high quality grade.  

Many essential oils available for purchase contain filler substances and contaminants that weaken the purity and power of the oil. However, at doTERRA, we know that a pure bottle of essential oil has the potential to change lives; that’s why doTERRA’s mission is to provide essential oils that are highly effective and free of additives and harmful contaminants. We guarantee pure essential oils through the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. This protocol includes a series of strict tests that ensure the essentials oils we sell are free from filler substances or impurities—making the doTERRA essential oils you purchase powerful and pure.


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Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.



  1. “Basil”
  2. “Basil: Ocimum Basilicum”
  3. “doTERRA Science Blog: Reduce sad feelings with linalool and beta-pinene”



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