Basil side-effects

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Bad effects of basil

What are basil side effects?

Toxic effects: scientific studies warn that high doses of estragole (like when using basil essential oil) may be toxic because of its carcinogenic potential. For the same reason long treatments with the essential oil of basil are contraindicated .

* More information about the contraindications of basil.

  • Intoxication: There is a risk of poisoning when using basil essential oil.
  • The risk of poisoning by eating fresh or dried plant as a spice is very low.

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  • Contact dermatitis: in some people, contact with the fresh plant can cause contact dermatitis. Apply Remedies for dermatitis.
  • Headache: in high doses basil essential oil is considered narcotic. It may produce headache or other unpleasant symptoms

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

30 July, 2020

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