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Basil Essential Oil

(Ocimum basilicum)


Basil Essential Oil (CT estragole)) from the USA is Therapeutic Quality. Because this type of Basil has potential toxicity issues, it is on our restricted list.  Basil linalool or Basil Organic are better choices for most applications and these basil oils are not on our restricted list.



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Botanical NameOriginCultivationMethod of ExtractionSourceNoteBlends Well With
Ocimum basilicumUSAConventionalSteam DistillationLeaves and FlowersMiddle or top Bergamot FCF Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Expressed, Geranium Essential Oil, Egypt,

Basil Essential Oil (CT Estragole)

Basil Essential Oil CT Estragole (Ocimum basilicum) from the USA is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil. This essential oil is generally listed as “Basil Essential Oil”.


Ocimum basilicum, also known as sweet basil, common basil, European basil, and French basil, is a common culinary annual herb native to India, Africa, and Asia. It is grown for essential oil production primarily in France, Hungary, Morocco, Spain, the US, and Madagascar, though some is now grown and distilled in Australia. Basil Essential Oil is steam distilled from its tender leaves and flowers.

Basil Essential Oil has a spicy aroma that is fresh and light with tones of licorice, blending well with bergamot, clary sage, lime, and geranium.

How to Use Basil Essential Oil:

There are several chemotypes of Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum). The estragole chemotype has been found to have some carcinogenic potential and may also inhibit blood clotting. Tisserand & Young specifically caution that it should not be taken by mouth. It is not the preferred chemotype for general use and this is why we have placed it on the restricted list.  Basil linalool or Basil Organic are not on our restricted list and are the best choices for most applications.

Basil has been in use as an herb for a long, long time. Wreaths made of basil have been found in the burial chambers of the Egyptian pyramids and basil leaves are still scattered over graves in Egypt today. The plant was believed to have been brought to Greece by Alexander the Great and its genus name, Ocimum, comes from the Greek word “osme”, which means “to smell”.

Traditional herbalists credited Basil with a long list of properties and in some cultures it was regarded as a “heal-all”. Modern aromatherapists have similarly made many claims for Basil essential oil and have used it for insect bites, musculoskeletal complaints, digestive system issues, nervousness, travel sickness, menstrual cramps, to support good immune function, respiratory complaints, to promote lactation, as well as for mental and emotional applications. Many of these claims appear to be based on traditional uses of the herbs and not all have empirical support.

CAUTION: Basil Essential Oil  (CT estragole) should be used only externally and only in small amounts. Women who are pregnant or experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding should avoid its use.

More Info – Basil Essential Oil

The ancient Egyptians made wreaths of basil for the burial chambers in their pyramids, while modern Egyptians scatter basil leaves over their graves.

Greece also has a long history with basil. It is thought to have been introduced by Alexander the Great, and its species name basilicum is from the Greek word for king. In fact, infused oil of basil was used in the anointing ceremonies of kings. Greeks have an old Christmas custom of wrapping a cross with a sprig of basil and suspending it above a bowl filled with water in order to ward off tormenting sprites they call the kallintkazari. And, of course, we cannot forget the name of the founder of the Greek Orthodox Church: St. Basil.

Safety Considerations

Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.

IMPORTANT: All information on this page  is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for any product sold by our company, including the product on this page. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s  experiences and claims made by aromatherapists should not be relied upon as being accurate.  We recommend using essential oils simply as a lifestyle choice, for enjoyment of their aromas. No information provided here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below in order to insure that your experiences with this product are good ones.

Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products,  preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses.  Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants,  they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal  preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children.

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