Organic Basil Essential Oil
Our organic Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum) comes from Egypt where it is distilled from tender leaves and flowers. We find it to have a warm, spicy, full-bodied aroma with hints of licorice, much like a fresh basil leaf. While this genus/species is one of the preferred types of Basil essential oil for use in aromatherapy, we personally prefer and recommend our Basil, linalool for therapeutic use. Like all of our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, enfleurage oils, absolutes, and blends, this oil is of the highest quality and bottled by hand in the USA.
About Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil
Basil is a common culinary herb native to India, Africa, and Asia and is the main ingredient in the classic Italian dish called pesto. Today, common basil is grown for essential oil production primarily in France, Hungary, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, the US, and Madagascar. Our organic Basil Essential Oil from Egypt is distilled from the tender leaves and flowers of young basil plants.
It’s important to know that several different species and chemotypes of “Basil Essential Oil” are being sold and most companies do not specify the ones from which their products have been extracted. This is important information since some species or chemotypes have considerably more potential toxicity than others (see below).
The aroma of Basil essential oil blends well aromatically with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lime, and Geranium essential oils. As it is a strong aroma that can easily dominate a blend, it is best used sparingly in creating perfumes.
In our experience, Basil essential oil also gives the best aromatherapeutic results when used sparingly.
The herb basil has been used in various traditional healing systems and the ancient Egyptians made wreaths of basil for the burial chambers in their pyramids, while modern Egyptians scatter basil leaves over graves. Greece also has a long history with basil herb. 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 the tormenting sprites they call the “kallintkazari”. And, of course, we cannot forget the name of the founder of the Greek Orthodox Church: St. Basil.
For the traditional herbal practitioners out there, the following information on the Chinese herbal energetics of basil herb may be of interest
- Energy: Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Metal, Water
HOW TO USE BASIL 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).
Our organic Basil essential oil can be used for inhalation or topical application (when properly diluted) but is best used for inhalation in small amounts. Please continue reading below for further information on how to use Basil essential oil.
SAFETY: Always follow the general safety guidelines for essential oils and do not take this product internally. In addition, Basil essential oil contains varying amounts of eugenol, a potential skin sensitizer at higher concentrations, and estragole, a potential carcinogen. For this reason, we recommend sparing use of this essential oil for either topical application or inhalation. For topical application, we recommend that you always dilute Basil essential oil to a maximum concentration of 2%. For occasional inhalation, a drop or two in an inhaler or on an aromatherapy locket that is constructed to avoid contact of the oil with the skin is sufficient. Some experts have recommended that all Basil essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women. Since Basil has been claimed to promote menstrual flow, women who experience heavy flow may want to avoid this essential oil, especially near or during menstruation. This essential oil gives the best results when used sparingly.
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For more information on Basil essential oil, see the classic aromatherapy reference, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism: Lawless, Julia: 9781852307219: Amazon.com: Books
IMPORTANT: All information here is provided for educational interest only and not as product claims. Since your experiences with a given essential oil may differ from anyone else’s, claims made by aromatherapists for an essential oil should not be relied upon as being reliable for your situation. We recommend using essential oils simply for the enjoyment of their aromas. No information here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician. Historical or folk information about uses is not based on research and may not be accurate. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age.Essential Oil Safety Considerations