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Basil, Sweet

Basil, Sweet

$6.35

Pure, Therapeutic Sweet Basil essential oil

Botanical name : Ocimum basilicum

Aroma:   Sweet, spicy, with balsamic woody undertone

Note : Top       Odor Intensity :   7

Key constituents :  Methyl chavichol, Linalool, 1,8-Cineol, Eugenol     Current Certficate of Analysis available upon request

Shelf Life:  2 years or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light. 

Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation of the leaves

Plant description : Botanical family : Laminaceae or Labiatae (mint)      Sweet Basil is an annual herb that grows to 24 inches in height.  It produces large, fragrant, dark green leaves and soft white/purple flowers.  Also referred to as Common Basil.

Regions of Production : India, Madagascar

Growing Practices :  Grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides

Therapeutic Properties : Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, sudorific.  (Battaglia, 2003, Schnaubelt, 1998)      Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses :  Helps relieve migraine headaches, sore throat, insect bites, itchy skin

Modes of Administration :  Topical :    massage, compress, skin care.      Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, aromatherapy inhaler.

Fragrant influences:  Helps reduce mental fatigue and dizziness, sharpens the senses.         See Meniere's Disease under Topics

Precautions :  Do not use if pregnant or nursing.  Avoid if epileptic.  May irritate sensitive skin. (Battaglia, 2003)

Blends well with : Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Mandarin, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tangerine, Tea Tree

History / Fun Facts :  The name Basil comes from the Greek word basileum, meaning "king".   In the 19th century, Italian women wore sprigs of basil to attract suitors.  Sweet Basil has long been used as favorite culinary herb. Sweet Basil essential oil can also be used in cooking and baking.

References :

Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Halpern, Georges M., M.D., Ph.D., Weverka, Peter, The Healing Trail: Essential Oils of Madagascar, 2003, Basic Health Publications, Inc., North Bergen, NJ.

Schnaubelt, KurtAdvanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Schnaubelt, KurtThe Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, 2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, California

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only.  It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.



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