19 November 2008

This is a lovely Basil oil, excellent for all aromatherapy applications. Sweeter than the methyl cavicol type, and considered the safest of the variety.

Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum

Origin
Tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands but is now cultivated throughout Europe and the USA

Color
Clear and pale greenish-yellow in color

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin and watery viscosity

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Sweet, herbaceous, licorice-like, slightly campherous.

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
The oil is extracted from the leaves and the flowering tops using steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Linalol, Camphor, Pinene, Eugenol, Methylchavicol, fenchol, eugenol, and beta-caryophyllene

Therapeutic Properties
analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stomachic, tonic and stimulant

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Used traditionally for many problems, such as anxiety, insect bites, nausea, muscular aches, flu, fever, pulmonary infections and infectious diseases
  • For mental fatigue, inhale first, then apply to the crown of the head, forehead, heart, and navel
  • Has been traditionally used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive and expectorant
  • May help migraines, mental fatigue, and scanty menstrual periods in some people
  • Basil Essential Oil has been referred to as 'the royal oil to strengthen the mind and heart and to reinforce resistance against infectious diseases
  • The oil's capability to improve memory and sharpen the mind has been praised in India since old
  • Basil’s possible neuro-regulating properties make it an excellent choice for support of mild nervous disorders, stress and anxieties
  • It is noted as a natural nerve tonic, with the ability to be stimulant and/or restorative depending on the body's need
  • The sweet and herbaceous uplifting aroma that can both lift one from melancholic depression and bring clarity to a confused mental state.
  • It's anti-spasmodic and stimulating properties make it an excellent addition to massage blends for relieving fatigue, particularly in combination with Black Pepper oil
  • In the 16th century, powdered leaves of Basil were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections
  • It is used in Ayurveda for respiratory conditions like bronchitis, coughs and colds - and also as an antidote to venomous bites

Precaution

  • High doses may be carcinogenic due to its methyl chavicol content
  • Avoid in cases of liver problems, pregnancy and children under 16 years of age
  • Although Basil usually stimulates, in excess it can have a groggy effect
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • Overuse or improper use of Basil should be avoided (this is even more important with the methyl-chavicol variety) as it may over-stimulate; it is best avoided during pregnancy
Blend With
Bergamot, Black pepper, Cedarwood, Fennel, Ginger, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli and Verbena

Recepies
For a blend that invigorates and refreshes : This may be used in a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil for massage.

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