Latin name: Ocimum basilicum. Family name: Labiatae.
The leaves of the Basil herb are distilled and imported from France, Italy, Egypt, Bulgaria, Hungary, and USA.
Basil has a fresh, sweet, warm and spicy scent with a balsamic, slightly licorice aroma. It is considered top note in perfumery. Basil blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Citronella, Frankincense, Geranium, Lime and Neroli and other “green” note essential oils.
Extraction Method: Steam distillation for herb and flowers
Basil Essential Oil Cautions: Basil is relatively non-toxic essential oil, but some people may be sensitive to Basil. Use sparingly. High doses may be carcinogenic. Avoid in cases of liver problems. Use at 0.1% (1 drop per 50 ml carrier) and avoid using on a daily basis for any length of time. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Circulation, Muscles, and Joints: used to treat arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and muscular aches and pains, tension (including that resulting from over-exertion).
Digestive System: Dyspepsia, flatulence and nausea.
Emotions and Nervous System: Basil is uplifting, clears the head, improve mental clarity and memory, sharpens the senses. Soothes fears, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Rebalances the mentally exhausted. Useful in the treatment of addictions and to overcome the fear of intimacy. For migraine, fatigue, nervous tension, and loss of concentration.
Genito-urinary: cramps, scanty period. Used as a decongestant for the prostate and uterus.
Respiratory and Immune System: for coughing, expels mucus, reduces fever. For respiratory problems, bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, earache, flu, and infectious diseases.
Skin Care: Basil may be used for acne, oily skin, insect bites and as an insect repellant.
Recommended Use for: Bronchitis, cold, depression, dyspepsia, earache, epilepsy, fainting, fevers, gout, hysteria, insomnia, mental fatigue, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, paralysis, respiratory disorders, vomiting, whooping cough.
Actions: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, nervine, prophylactic, restorative, stimulant of adrenal cortex, stomachic, tonic.
Folk Tradition: Basil is widely used in Ayurvedic traditon for respiratory problems including colds, flus, coughs and asthma. Basil is used in the West for rheumatic pain, nervous conditions and irritable skin.
Of The Goddess Ltd. only uses pure therapeutic grade essential oils in our products.
Sources for above information:
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, 1995
The Art of Aromatherpy by Robert Tisserand, 1977
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose, 1999