Basil (True, Linalool)

Basil (True, Linalool)


Dosha(s): Kapha, Vata . Chakra(s): Heart, Crown .  Plant Part: Leaf  Planet: Mercury 

There are various basils used as medicine: how do you know which one to choose?  I consider Basil a mother teaching us (her children) how to live. Think of the  different varieties as different mothers  with different parenting styles. Choose which one resonates with you as a growing and evolving Earth Child. Basil Trues' parenting style is true to her name. She brings an honest approach to dealing with physical, mental, and emotional alignments. She is the “honest and pure mother.” Use her if you want to do your work on yourself honestly or are searching for your truths. Also use her to help with the lies that yourself that may leave you physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally in pain.  

About All Basils:

Basil graces Earth with her presence as she potently untangles the the experiences of our past  that negatively affecting our present by allowing those memories to be cleansed and release and the body, mind and spirit be brought back into balance to allow room for calm, joy, health, and clarity. Her timeless energy allows healing to happen that affects our past, present and future selves: allowing us to let go, be present, and be blessed in what is to come.

 As a NJ girl who grew up in an Italian family, Basil was a staple in my home. In this way, she was always with me, and now as I use her as medicine, I understand why. I was an  anxious, worrier from as far back as I can remember. Anxiety was something I learned to repress as it played a daily role in my life. Hyropcondric thoughts, “what if scenarios” and worst-case-ever ideas were frequent in my mind. I’d hold my nerves in my stomach and would often have stomach pains, nausea and digestive issues.  Many decisions in my life were made out of fear which held me back from living the life I truly wanted. As I became older, the anxiety couldn’t hide, and it expelled itself through panic attacks, depression and manic behavior.  When I met Basil as medicine, I understood how she was an angel aiding me ever so slightly pushing me towards my healing. When I was younger and popping pills to stop these imbalances, Basil was there in every bite of pasta or pizza  talking to me; although my ears couldn’t hear her, slowly but surely my brain did.

You see, all things talk to us and what we need is right under our nose: sometimes it takes us years  to realize, but the more conscious and awake we become, the more we can see, hear and appreciate  that the Earth is here for us to help heal us and we are always taken care of and that most times (if not always) we have everything we need. If you are an anxious or depressed person and the story I just shared resonated with you,  look in your kitchen right now. I bet Basil is there waiting for you to eat, smell or hold, so she can teach you her ways.

The Basils have been said help with “almost any ailment that humanity has come up against.” You can find her throughout the world for this reason. She is here to serve the people mentally, physically, emotionally and spirituality. Rearrange the letters in her name and you will see she is a guide  that “bails” you out of trouble.

Brain Balancer:

Basil brings deep healing on the mental and emotional level through harmonizing the brain. She is cephalic: this means she is brain balancing on all levels. She is a  nervine and will “calm the crazies.” (That’s a professional term I picked up in Jersey.) She is anti-depressant and will bring you back to a neutral path where you feel motivated to explore your inner joy. She brings mental clarity allowing us to potently see straight. She aids in stress release, feelings of melancholy and mental fatigue. Her green color is pure heart chakra medicine connecting the brain back to love, compassion, forgiveness and understanding and this results in calming the nerves, releasing the worry, and bringing the opportunity for positivity back into our thought patterns.   


Basil shows her face as medicine when we are ready to release. She detoxies you on a three dimensional level. She works as a potent liver detox as she is a blood purifier and cleanses the gallbladder. Use her when you are cleansing. She helps the organs process and the emotions release. She will leave you “cleaner” physically, emotionally, and spiritually particularly bring back confidence, strength, passion and creativity releasing anger and fright.

Physically, there is not much she can’t help with. Some of her healing powers include:

  • Inflammation, Pain Relief, Rheumatism, Muscle congestion, Bladder inflammation, Gout, Prostatitis, Irregular heart rhythms, Lungs and bronchial  issues, Dulling skin and hai, Migraines, Cuts, Wounds, and Skin Infections, Blood Circulation, Metabolic Functions, Scars, Spains, Spasms, Burns, Surgery Recovery, Bloodshot Eyes, Prevents vomiting (especially for motion-sickness), Itching/Insect Bites and Stings She is also highly anti-viral. Take her when you feel a physical  imbalance or an imbalance coming on.


Why is this herb so powerful? How does she do it? Well, she told me all these healing powers come back to one thing: letting go of the past. As humans we hold on to so much: we relive parts of our life that are worth forgetting and we let them dictate and blur our reality. On a stronger energetic level, we have karmas from past experiences that hold us often times in pain until we are ready to learn our lesson, evolve and move forward. The Basils are here as tour guides to the past, showing you what you need to move forward in health so you can enjoy your present and future.

Past Life Regression Work:

Basil is one of the most potent plant medicines to use for past life regression. It helps the soul remember all it knows.  The Basils speak to us through through helping us access different forms we were through “mental” time travel. 

Meditate with Basil and she will take you on a journey allowing you to read the pages of your lives: the epic tale that is the soul’s experience that lives within you. She is known for guiding you through past life healings: this can mean both bringing you back to the “past lives” you lived in this lifetime (i.e. older versions of yourself that you have evolved from but still hold on to some of the old habits from) and past lives from previous lifetimes. She will bring you answers, reminding you what were you or what you lived and show you how you on hold to these things today and they impede you. She will allow you to see why and then give you the stamina to move forward.  In the same, she will show you all the beauty and strength that you have lived before and remind the soul of its power. Basil tends to find its way into our hearts when we are ready to change old beliefs. If you are reading this passage right now, you probably are ready to change the outdated thought patterns that don’t coincide with who you are today or who you know you can be. She is often around slowly planting her seed and delivers as medicine when you are ready to surrender. She is here to help support us in releasing unwanted thoughts that have been created in our mind over time. She works with us to break a part these thoughts so we can be liberated and step in alignment with love/higher vibrations. It is said that can help clear the blurred inner visions to be clear. It is said that if you let her, she will help change your inside world so much so that you will “never see life the same again.”

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