Aerial Parts, Steam Distilled, Egypt
Basil has a wide range of uses that include fighting colds, bronchitis, loss of concentration, migraines, gout, aches and pains. It is diuretic, cleansing to the respiratory system, good for the heart and digestive system and stimulates menstruation. Its antispasmodic effects are soothing to the nervous system. Applied to the skin, it can stimulate a sluggish complexion. If added to massage oil, it has warming effects, and if mixed with lavender, it stimulates hair growth. Small amounts are stimulating and considered to be a tonic, and large amounts are too over-stimulating. Not for use with young children.
Our organic Sweet Basil ct Linalool essential oil has a penetrating green, sweet herbaceous and uplifting aroma; it is used in natural perfumery for its unique fresh herbaceous character and balsamic undertone. Linalool is the predominant chemical component in this species of Basil (1); also present is a much smaller percentage of methyl chavicol (aka estragol), the constituent responsible for the mild anise-like aroma (2).
Sweet Basil is credited with the ability to give the mind strength and clarity and as such is regarded as a useful study aid (3).
Aromatic Profile: Penetrating green, faint anise-like, sweet herbaceous scent with a balsamic undertone.
Appearance: Very pale yellow, clear, mobile, transparent liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery
Blending Suggestions: Dilute well (a little goes a long way) and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Citronella, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Lime, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Oakmoss, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary ct Verbenone, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Verbena, Ylang Ylang. Basil essential oil has “a valuable modifying effect on green notes" (4)
Safety Considerations: Low risk of skin sensitization due to methyl chavicol (estragol) and methyl eugenol content.6 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Industry Communication (see COA)
2 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 82.
3 Lawless, Julia. Aromatherapy and the Mind, 1994, p. 127.
4 Calkin, Robert and J. Stephan Jellinek. Perfumery – Practice and Principles, 1994, p. 113.
5 Ibid, p. 125.
6 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 206.
7 Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, by Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2012, pp. 168-9.
8 Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd ed., by Shirley Price and Len Price, 1995/1999, pp. 335-6.
9 The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, by Julia Lawless, 1992/2013, pp. 45-6.
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