About Basil Linalool Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool)
Our fragrant Basil Linalool Essential Oil comes from the USA 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 in nature and fortifying to both mind and body. Some people report that the aroma aids in concentration and memory. Basil Linalool Essential Oil gives the best experience when used sparingly.
Note: All information on this page, above and below, is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for any actions or effects of our product “Basil Linalool Essential Oil”. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s experiences. 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.
Although Basil Linalool is considered safer than other types of Basil Essential oil, its natural constituents may include small amounts of the potential carcinogens estragole and methyleugenol. 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 use 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.
If you want to use Basil linalool for its claimed calming properties or effects on memory, inhalation is the best method to try. One, or at most two, drops is all you need to place in an aromatherapy locket or inhaler (if using a locket, be sure it’s constructed to allow no contact between the essential oil and your skin).
Use of Basil Linalool Herb and/or Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
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.
In the folk medicine of Europe, Basil herb has been used for skin care, chest and nasal congestion, nervous exhaustion and muscle aches and pains. In ancient Chinese Medicine, it was used for stimulating digestion, easing coughs and relieving exhaustion. Because the herb is far less concentrated than the essential oil, herbal preparations have fewer potential toxicity issues.
In Classical Chinese Medicine, the energy of basil and it’s essential oil is Warm and Dry and its elemental correspondence is with Metal and Water.
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 potential carcinogens. IFRA 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 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.
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
Essential Oil Safety Considerations