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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SKU: EOT00700 Categories: , Tags: , Organic Version : Organic Basil Essential Oil
Botanical Name Origin Cultivation Method of Extraction Source Note
Ocimum basilicum USA Conventional Steam Distillation Leaves and Flowers Middle or top
Blends Well With : Bergamot FCF Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, 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”. For more info on growing your own basil, perhaps for making your own pesto, check out this article on growing basil from the good folks at Happy DIY Home.

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.

All our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after we receive each order.

IMPORTANT: 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. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It 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.

Essential Oil Safety Considerations
Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 0.2 × 0.2 × 0.2 in

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