Basil - Ociumum basilicum

Basil essential oil smells just like the fresh-cut basil and instantly brings clarity to the mind and activates the senses when used for aromatherapy. In aromatherapy the oil also is diffused to boost activity in the adrenal cortex to stimulate mind and intellect.   It is also used in esthetic treatments to stimulate a sluggish complexion when a few drops are added to a facial steam or used in a massage blend to improve circulation

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County of Origin India
Botanical Family Labiatae
Chemical Family Monoterpenols
Approx. Shelf Life 5 years
Plant Parts Leaves, flowering tops
Note Classification Top
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroil

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History: In Greek its name means 'royal remedy' or 'king'. In the 16th century, powdered basil was used to treat migraines and chest infections. The ancient Egyptians believed that it would open the gates of heaven to a dying person, and the Hindus use Basil sprigs to protect the dead from evil while in transition between lives. Western European lore sometimes claimed that it was a symbol of evil, while the Eastern Orthodox Church used it in the making of holy water.

Characteristics: Basil has a sweet, spicy, fresh scent with a faint balsamic woody back note and a lasting sweetness that makes for a strong top note. This is almost colorless to a pale amber colour with a thin consistency.

Clinical Studies: This herbaceous, slightly camphorous smelling pure oil is commonly used in insect repellent and insect bite creams as well as in many bronchitis, cold and cough inhalants. 

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Safety: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Basil - Ociumum basilicum

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    Basil essential oil smells just like the fresh-cut basil and instantly brings clarity to the mind and activates the senses when used for aromatherapy. In aromatherapy the oil also is diffused to boost activity in the adrenal cortex to stimulate mind and intellect.   It is also used in esthetic treatments to stimulate a sluggish complexion when a few drops are added to a facial steam or used in a massage blend to improve circulation

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