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.
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.
Another wonderful essential oil in the basil family is Holy Basil.Essential Oil Safety Considerations