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Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and BenefitsBasil, Sweet Essential Oil Properties (Ocimum basilicum) Linalool CT

Soothing, energizing, fruity-spicy aroma with a balsamic, anise-like understone.

  • 100% Pure, Concentrated, Undiluted,
  • Therapeutic Quality
  • Steam Distilled from Leaves
  • Country of Origin: Nepal
  • Also known as Sweet French Basil, Linalool Basil, Common Basil, True Basil, European Basil

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Packaged

Amber glass bottle with Euro dropper. Tamper proof safety seal. Shrink wrapped.

Background Information on Basil, Sweet 

Sweet basil is native to Africa and Asia. The bushy plant grows up to two feet. It has blue, white or purple flowers.  Basil wreaths have been found in Egyptian pyramid chambers. The herb Basil has been used medicinally all over the world for many conditions such as increasing lactation, stomach problems, menstrual cramp relief, snakebites.

Basil symbolizes love in Italy. Traditionally, when women are ready for romance, they put a pot of basil outside their window.

The wonders of basil have been appreciated and valued for over 2500 years. The word basil means “royal plant” in Greek. An exotic type of basil is grown and considered sacred in India. It is connected to the worship of Vishnu the protector. It was planted around the temples and shrines dedicated to Gods.

There are theories that Christians also report times when the use of basil was tied to Christianity. It is said the Virgin Mary hid from Herod’s soldiers by hiding in basil plants. Others say when Saint Helena (Emperor Constantine’s mother) was looking for Christ’s cross; she followed the scent of basil.

There are over 150 varieties of basil. The energies and effects of soil, temperature, moisture, climate and light influence the plant. There is a wide variety of basil essential oil qualities, scents and chemotypes. However, there are two types of basil essential oils of importance to aromatherapy: Sweet Basil and Reunion basil oils. Sweet Basil has linalool as a major constituent giving it a sweet, licorice, sometimes woody aroma.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Documented properties of Basil, Sweet essential oil in aromatherapy include analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, antivenomous, aphrosdisiac, blood purifier, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, estrogenic, expectorant, febrifuge, insect repellent, insecticide, laxative, nervine, refreshing, restorative, sedative, stimulant (adrenal glands; facilitates childbirth)*, stomachic, sudorific, tonic (nerves), uplifting, vermifuge.*

Basil, Sweet essential oil has practical uses of cooling the skin and improving digestion. As it is purifying, it may help the reduction of cellulite*. It has analgesic properties and can lessen pain. It can soothe insect bites. It has also been used to increase lactation.

Emotionally, Basil, Sweet essential oil is calming, reducing stress and promoting deep sleep.  It is uplifting to moods and helps improve mental clarity, memory and sharpens the senses.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Suggestions & Blends

Basil, Sweet essential oil blends well with bergamot, camphor, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, fir, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, neroli, pine, rosemary.

Dilute with a carrier oil prior to applying to skin.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Safety Tips

Non-toxic, skin-irritant in high concentration. Avoid if pregnant or nursing. Do not use while pregnant or nursing. If you have had a history of cancer or other health problems, consult your physician before use. May inhibit platelet aggregation essential in blood clotting. Should not be taken in oral doses. May inhibit blood clotting.

References

Essential OilBasil, Sweet (Linalool CT)
Botanical NameOcimum basilicum
SourceLeaves, Cultivated
Country of OriginNepal
Method of DistillationSteam
Specific Gravity:20°C: 0.876 to 0.920
Refractive Index:20°C: 1.469 - 1.495
Optical Rotation:20°C: -2 to -15
Main Constituents40 - 60% Linalool CT, 8-18 % Eugenol, 7 - 15% 1,8-Cineole, Camphor 0.1 - 1.5% Terpinen-4-ol 0 - 3%, Methyl Chavicol 0 - 1%
CAS No8015-73-4