While the word might conjure up images of saucy pastas and cheesy pizza, Basil essential oil has an extensive range of uses beyond the palate. Often used in aromatherapy because of its calming scent, Basil oil is soothing when applied topically or diffused. It is used in perfumery in small amounts to substitute for the fragrance of Lily of the Valley flowers.
For centuries, the Basil plant has been used to soothe the spirit and is said to help overcome a lack of confidence and reduce fear, anger, negative thoughts, indecision, and mental fatigue. The 16th-century herbalist John Gerard used it to comfort sorrowful hearts.
Basil essential oil also has healing antibacterial properties, often used to relieve itchiness from insect bites and soothe skin infections. It can also help repel insects.
A native plant of Africa and Asia, Basil essential oil is derived through a steam distillation process. The bushy plant grows to a height of about 2 feet and has white, blue or purple flowers. There are nearly 150 varieties of basil and our offering is a Sweet Basil linalool chemotype.
Sweet basil (linalool chemotype) has a long history of use throughout India, the Mediterranean and North Africa, due to its beneficial properties. The genus name Ocimum is said to come from the Greek word “to smell.”
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Chemotype / Variety: Linalool/ Sweet
Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Note: Middle - Top
Synonym: Sweet Basil
Blends Well With: Lavender and Lemon, and other florals and citrus
Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, fresh, and true to Basil used in cooking
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 3.3%
Shelf Life: 3-5 Years
Apply Topically: Our Basil essential oil is 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
DEFEND: Blend together: 5 drops of Basil, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Lemon, then add 5-6 drops to your Scent Ball diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
RELAX: Add: 5 drops of Basil, 5 drops of Vetiver, 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) to 2 oz of massage oil. Apply after showering to soothe and restore the skin, or in a professional massage treatment. Add 2 teaspoons of massage oil to a full bath and relax.
REVIVE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Basil, 5 drops of Rosemary and 5 drops of Peppermint. Or add 5-6 drops Basil to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
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