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Basil Leaf & EO

You can find Basil Leaf essential oil in Mother Gaia's Aroma SpraysSkin Care, and Soy Candles.

Type: dried leaf

Extraction Process: infused in cold pressed vegetable oil, added to food as a seasoning, or eaten raw

Main Constituents: vitamins A, K, & C; magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium

Cautions: avoid supplementing basil when on antibiotics, its components inhibit antibiotic actions in the body; may cause hypotension and/or hypoglycemia in large doses; safe in food amounts

Organs/Systems Affected: stomach, adrenal glands, lungs, nerves, skin, ovaries

Qualities: hormone balancing, circulatory stimulant, expectorant and tonic

Uses: alleviate stress, clears skin, antibacterial actions, reduces inflammation and oxidative damage, and prevents cancer development

Energetics: warm, dry, vital

Evidence: A study completed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found that basil leaf contains a multitude of beneficial compounds that have been found to be useful in alleviating inflammation, especially in arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Another study presented showed a 73% reduction in swelling after application of Holy Basil extract.


• Improves complexion, fights acne

• Nourishes hair and scalp

• Alleviates stress

• Fights depression

• Prevents motion sickness

• Improves circulation

• Helps prevent heart attack/stroke

• Reduces itch from insect bites/stings

• Helps treat infections by reducing inflammation

• Digestive aid and peristaltic harmonizer

• Minimizes migraines and mental fatigue

• Provides relief from cold, flu, and coughs

Blends: Brainpower spray – improves mental function and clarity. Acne Free wash – clears acne and tones and smooths skin.

Basil Leaf has many names including - Albahaca, Basilic, Basilic Commun, Basilic Grand, Basilic Grand Vert, Basilic Romain, Basilic aux Sauces, Basilici Herba, Basilici Herba, Common Basil, Garden Basil, Krishna Tulsi, Munjariki, Ocimum basilicum, St. Josephwort, Surasa, Sweet Basil.

Basil essential oil, derived from the Ocimum basilicum plant, is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many recipes today. However, its uses extend far beyond the culinary world. Today, basil essential oil (sometimes called “sweet basil oil”) is used to heal various wounds and infections, and as a calming agent to combat inflammation, reduce adrenal fatigue, and treat nerve and muscle conditions.

While fresh basil herbs are also beneficial and a great way to flavor recipes, basil essential oil is much more concentrated and potent. The compounds found in basil oil are steam-distilled from fresh basil leaves, stems and flowers to form an extract that contains high levels of antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals.

As a natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and diuretic, basil has been used in traditional Asian Indian medicine practices for years. In the 16th century, the leaves were used to treat migraines and chest infections. And centuries ago, Italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors.

Among the protective phytochemicals found in basil’s volatile oils are constituents called terpinolene (7.7 percent), eugenol (4.5 percent) and cubenol (1.9 percent). On the basis of analyses of multiple different isolated basil oils, researchers have classified four major essential oil chemotypes of basil that are responsible for most of its health-promoting activities: (1) methyl chavicol-rich, (2) linalool-rich, (3) methyl eugenol-rich, (4) methyl cinnamate-rich and also numerous other subtypes.

Healing with Basil

1. Antibacterial and Antifungal

Basil oil has shown antimicrobial activity against a wide range of foodborne bacteria, yeasts and mold. When researchers evaluated the effects of basil oil against six forms of bacteria and three strains of fungi, they found positive inhibition of all strains. You can use basil oil in your home to remove bacteria from kitchens and bathrooms, prevent contamination, and purify the air. Try diffusing or vaporizing basil oil or combining it with water in a spray bottle to rub down surfaces in your home. Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, and bladder infections due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections that attack the body and can enter the body through other wounds.

2. Cold and Flu Treatment

Since it helps detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue, use basil oil when you feeling sick. Diffuse the oil throughout your home, add a one to two drops to a steam bath, or make a homemade vapor rub using eucalyptus oil and basil oil that can massaged into the chest to open up your nasal passages. It makes for a great natural cold remedy. Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from colds, influenza and associated fevers. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is frequently used to treat symptoms of whooping cough. Along with its function in relieving coughs, it can also be used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

3. Air Freshener

Bail is capable of eliminating odor-causing bacteria and mold from your home, car, appliances and furniture. In fact, the word basil is derived from the Greek sentence that means “to smell.” Traditionally in India, it’s been used for many culinary applications, including to eliminate odors and clean kitchen equipment. Run several drops through your kitchen appliances; combine it with baking soda to remove stains and bacteria from pots or pans; or spray it inside your toilet, shower and garbage cans.


Read more about Basil here.


Recipe of the Week

Delicious Potato Cakes


2 cups Mashed potatoes

1 cup Mozzarella cheese

2 large eggs

2 chopped green onions


Heat frying pan or skillet to med or med-high and grease with butter or oil to prevent sticking.

Drop mixture by spoonful onto pan, flatten with spoon, brown on both sides.

Serve and enjoy.



Product of the Week

Mother Gaia's Nerve Sopport

A truly all natural nerve pain relieving and tissue rebuilding tonic. Reduces inflammation on nerves, helps them heal with the proper nutrients, and relieves pain from inflamed or over-active nerves. Get yours here.


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July: BUY ONE GET ONE Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer lotion when ordering online. Shipping is always included.


Upcoming Events


Dancing Gaia: Nature of Movement & Meditation

Every Saturday @ 8am, Aspen Lodge in Anthem Ranch

One Thursday a month @ Castle Country Assisted Living Homes

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.


Happy Hands Aromatherapy

Classes held one Sunday per month at the Castle Country Assisted Living Homes in Parker and Castle Rock. See events calendar.

Each therapy includes:

• Gentle, caring application of body oil blend of your choice.

• Expertly blended oils for your health and safety.

• Massage and manipulation of fingers, palms, and wrists.

• Deep breathing practice to help you relax and feel better.

• Fully insured and certified for your safety.


Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything?

Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space.