Organic Basil Essential Oil
Our Organic Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum) comes from Egypt where it is distilled from tender leaves and flowers. It has a warm, spicy, full-bodied aroma with hints of licorice and smells much like a fresh basil leaf.
Ocimum basilicum, the plant from which Organic Basil Essential Oil is derived, is also known as Sweet Basil, Common Basil, European Basil, and French Basil. It 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, Morocco, Spain, the US, and Madagascar. Organic Basil Essential Oil is distilled from the tender leaves and flowers of young Basil plants.
I think that 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 my experience, Basil Essential Oil can become over-stimulating and should be used only in small amounts and not too frequently. I have noted that one sometimes sees cautions in the Aromatherapy literature advising that women who are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding should avoid use of basil essential oil since it may further increase menstrual flow.
Caution: The aromatherapy literature sometimes advises that women who are pregnant should not use Basil essential oil.
Historical uses are provided for Basil herb and/or Basil Essential Oil (Organic) for educational interest only and are not intended as claims for actions of the product “Basil Essential Oil (Organic)” or as guidelines for use of that product. Use of a plant in traditional practices does not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions.
The herb Basil has been used in various traditional healing systems for insect bites, musculoskeletal complaints, minor digestive system issues (indigestion, gas, etc.), exhaustion/debility, and colds.
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 (This information is provided for educational interest only and is not intended as claims for the product “Basil Essential Oil” (Organic) or as guidelines for use of that product; use of a plant in Chinese Medicine does not constitute “proof” of that plant’s actions):
- Energy: Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Metal, Water
- Some Chinese Medicine Actions:
- Increases Guardian Qi
- Rectifies the Brain; Opens the Chest; Transforms Phlegm
- Promotes Lactation
- Tonifies Kidney Yang
- Tonifies Reproductive Qi
In Chinese Medicine, Basil has been used for colds and flu, nervousness, anxiousness, feeling sad, poor concentration, coughing, head congestion, adrenal exhaustion, scanty menses, to promote lactation and for low libido and other issues.
SAFETY: For external use only. Always dilute in vegetable oil prior to use on skin; maximum concentration for use on skin is 2%.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.