BasilBasil is a kitchen plant and it smells good. Could I use basil in aromatherapy? It is dangerous?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is not dangerous to use basil for aromatherapy.  In fact, there are many uses of basil in aromatherapy if you believe in that sort of thing.   For example, some people believe that basil can help improve your ability to concentrate.

So, if you believe in aromatherapy, there is no reason not to use basil.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I don't think there is anything wrong with aromatherapy. If something smells good to you, then smelling it might make you feel better. Many people feel that aromatherapy is pseudoscience, but people like what they like, so what is the harm in smellng what you like?
ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While the benefits of basil have not necessarily proven, there is a huge base of support in the homeopathic field. There is nothing dangerous as far as I have been able to find. So try it, and if it works for you, keep using it.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Basil or basil oil is commonly used in aromatherapy. Some of its uses are for treating bronchitis and colds, sinus congestion, mental fatigue, migraines and nervous tension. It has a slightly sweet licorice aroma.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Dangerous, not at all!

In fact, one of the most commonly used oil in aromatherapy is basil oil. There are several health problem that are relieved by the basil oil, such as: nausea. loss of appetite, flatulence, fever, sinsusitis, tension, stress, etc.

Of course, if you are allergic to basil, you have to avoid using it in any form, in kitchen or aromatherapy!

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