Basil (Ocimum basillicum)
Countries of Origin: Asia (tropical) and Africa, Europe, Mediterranean, Pacific Islands, North & South America.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Leaves and flowers
Perfumery note: Top
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, fresh, green, with a balsamic undertone.
Color: Pale yellow to colorless
Note of Interest: Should use the chemotype linalool.
Mode of Administration: Topical: massage, ointment. Inhalation via diffuser or direct inhalation. Not recommended for bath.
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bacteriocide, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, insecticide, nervine, prophylactic, restorative, stimulant of adrenal cortex, stomachic, & tonic.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Sandalwood, & Verbena.
Safety Data: Avoid using Basil that has a high content of methyl cinnamate and methyl chavicol as will be an irritant with those with sensitive skin. For the most part, non-toxic, non-irritant. Possible sensitization for some, AVOID during pregnancy. Only Basil witha methyl chavicol content of 5% or less should be used in aromatherapy.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for education purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information may not be complete or fully accurate. This information is not intended to cure, diagnose, prevent or treat disease.As with all essential oils, always dilute prior to using topically and please perform a skin patch test prior to using. Essential oils if used internally should be under a qualified practitioner in Aromatic Medicine. Always seek the advise of a qualified, trained aromatherapist. Don't ever hesitate to ask about the education of the Aromatherapist. Keep out of the reach of children.