Sweet Basil ct. Linalool – Organic
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum ct Linalool
Part Used: Leaves
Process: Steam Distilled
Plant Description: A very familiar culinary annual plant with glossy deep green leaves and small white flowers. Part of the mint (Lamiaceae) family – plants of this family have incredibly prolific and historic culinary and medicinal value in many cultures. There are more than two dozen species of Ocimum originating from countries as diverse as Egypt, Mexico, Iran, Italy, Greece, India and Thailand, and all of them find uses in traditional foods, teas and herbal remedies.
Sweet Basil is a lovely annual that displays simple white flowers and seems to embody modesty and quiet intensity. It is credited with the ability to imbue mental strength and clarity and as such is regarded as a useful study aid
Oil Description: Intense fresh green, faint anise-like, sweet herbaceous scent with a rich balsamic undertone; very tenacious.
Historical/Traditional Uses: It is believed that basil has origins in India, but the herb has been cultivated for over 5,000 years with its reach spreading to all corners of the globe. There are some indications that basil may have originated even farther east than India with ancient records from 807 A.D. suggesting that sweet basil was used in the Hunan region of China at that time. Basil eventually migrated westward as whole plants as it could be grown easily indoors and away from exposure to cold climates and frost. In ancient Egypt, basil was likely used as an embalming and preserving herb as it has been found in tombs and mummies. Perhaps because of its embalming applications, basil was also a symbol of mourning in Greece where it was known as basilikon phuton, meaning magnificent, royal, or kingly herb. Basil also has a strong history in ancient traditional medicines like Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of ancient India, in addition to other medicinal herbal traditions.
Applications (Uses and Indications): Basil essential oil is used to in aromatherapy to treat sinus issues, headaches, fatigue, bleeding gums and mouth ulcers. In natural perfumery basil is used to impart a strong herbal and very fresh and alive basil-leaf scent. Blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Citronella, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Lime, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Oakmoss, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary ct Verbenone, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Verbena, Ylang Ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Basil essential oil is relatively non-toxic and non-irritating; it can cause dermal sensitization in individuals with sensitive skin. Skin sensitization due to methyl chavicol (estragol) and methyl eugenol content; a maximum dermal use level of 3.3% is recommended.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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