About Basil Linalool Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool)
Our fragrant Basil Linalool Essential Oil comes from France and is a Therapeutic Quality essential oil distilled from the plant’s flowers and leaves. This chemotype of Sweet Basil has an aroma that we would describe as fresh, clean, and spicy, with soft balsamic undertones. Basil Linalool Essential Oil is the Basil choice that we prefer for aromatherapy. Aromatherapists have described it as calming to the emotions and fortifying to the Spirit. Some people report that the aroma aids in concentration and memory, but individual responses vary. Basil Linalool Essential Oil gives the best experience when used sparingly. More info on Linalool. And, 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.
Although Basil Linalool is considered by some aromatherapists to be safer than other types of Basil Essential oil, its natural constituents may include small amounts of the potential carcinogens estragole and methyleugenol. Any Basil Linalool Essential Oil available on the market could contain these constituents since they are naturally produced by the plant as it grows and are extracted when the leaves are distilled. Tisserand and Young state in their book Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition (2014, pg.206) that it’s likely that other constituents found in this essential oil, such as linalool and eugenol, counteract the potential carcinogenic actions. However, we can’t advise you that all experts would agree with their conclusions.
In addition, Basil linalool essential oil is rated as a “low risk” skin sensitizer.
How to Use Basil Linalool Essential Oil with Adults
The use of essential oils with children under 16 years of age is a specialized topic; please consult an aromatherapy reference book or, better yet, a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
Basil Linalool Essential Oil is best used in small amounts and infrequently. It can be used both topically (on the skin) and by inhalation, although we prefer to use it for inhalation. IFRA and the European Union recommend maximum concentrations of 0.2% for topical use (based on carcinogen content). This concentration is achieved by adding two drops of the essential oil to one fluid ounce of vegetable oil or jojoba.
For inhalation, use a low-output diffuser, such as a fan diffuser – use no more than 3 drops. If you want to use this essential oil in an aromatherapy inhaler, a single drop is all you need.
Historical uses of this plant and/or its essential oil are provided for educational interest only and are not intended as claims for actions of the product “Basil Linalool Essential Oil” or as guidelines for use of that product. Use of a plant in traditional practices does not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
Sweet Basil has an ancient history as both a sacred and medicinal herb although the linalool chemotype is not specifically referenced. The species name “basilicum” comes from the Greek word for “king” and basil was used in that country for ceremonial anointing during coronation rites.
Many people are also familiar with the culinary uses of Basil, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. While pesto made from the fresh leaves of sweet basil makes a delicious sauce for pasta, it’s important to remember that the fresh herb is far less concentrated than the essential oil and as a result does not have the potential toxicity issues of the essential oil.
In Classical Chinese Medicine, the energy of basil and it’s essential oil is said to be Warm and Dry and its elemental correspondence is with Metal and Water.
Another wonderful essential oil in the basil family is Holy Basil.
Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below. In addition, Basil Linalool Essential Oil has a slight risk for skin sensitization and may also contain small amounts of naturally occurring constituents that are potential carcinogens. IFRA, a regulatory agency of the fragrance industry, recommends a maximum concentration of 0.2% for use on the skin. Some experts have cautioned that all types of Basil essential oil should be avoided by pregnant women. Since some aromatherapists have claimed that Basil essential oil may promote menstrual flow, women who experience heavy flow may wish to avoid it near or during their menstrual periods. This essential oil is best used sparingly and infrequently.
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