While the word might conjure up images of saucy pastas and cheesy pizza, Basil essential oil has an extensive range of uses beyond the palate. The essential oil is soothing when applied topically or diffused. It is used in perfumery in small amounts to substitute for the fragrance of Lily of the Valley flowers.
For centuries, Basil has been used to soothe the spirit and is said to help overcome a lack of confidence and reduce fear, anger, negative thoughts, indecision, and mental fatigue. The 16th century herbalist, John Gerard used it to comfort sorrowful hearts. Italians use Basil to inspire romance and affection. In aromatherapy, it is used to clear the head, help relieve muscle spasms and pain, and can help one transition into bedtime.
A native plant of Africa and Asia, Basil essential oil is derived through a steam distillation process. The bushy plant grows to a height of about 2 feet and has white, blue or purple flowers. There are nearly 150 varieties of basil and our offering is a Sweet Basil linalool chemotype.
Sweet basil (linalool chemotype) has a long history of use throughout India, the Mediterranean and North Africa. The genus name Ocimum is said to come from the Greek word “to smell.”
Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way because it oh so VERY potent and concentrated!
- Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum
- Synonym: Sweet Basil
- Chemotype: Linalool
- Variety: Sweet
- Origin: India
- Method: Steam Distillation
- Plant Part: Leaves
- Note: Middle - Top
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Blends Well With: Lavender and Lemon, and other florals and citrus
- Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, fresh, and true to Basil used in cooking. This variety has a sweet vaguely anise-like, mint, smoky odor.
- Consistency: Thin
- Color: Clear
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 4 Years
BENEFITS THE FOLLOWING:
(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)
- Circulatory: arthritis
- Digestive: parasites, bloating, gas, poor digestion
- Immune: infection, inflammation, virus
- Limbic/Emotional: depression
- Muscular: spasm, cramp, ache, pain
- Nervous: nerve pain, poor brain function, foggy brain
- Respiratory: congestion, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, whooping cough
- Skin: bacterial infection, eczema, psoriasis, athlete's foot, fungal infection
- Home: airborne germs, surface germs, insect repellent
(Please reference the Appendix for definitions)
analgesic, anti-bacterial (bactericidal), anti-catarrhal (expectorant/mucolytic), anti-depressant, anti-fungal (fungicidal), anti-helmintic (vermifuge), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory/anti-phlogistic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral (viricidal), carminative, cephalic, decongestant, digestive, insecticidal, insectifuge, nervine/neurotonic, stimulant (digestive).
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil (Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut, Almond, etc.) to minimize any skin sensitivity. Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.
- Safe for which ages?: All
- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes
- Safe for breastfeeding?: Yes
- Safe for dog?: Yes
- Safe for cat?: No
Kids Max Topical Dilution: 1% (based on eugenol content. Using more than topical max can cause irritation or sensitization).
Adult Max Topical Dilution: 3.3% (same caution info as for kids in paragraph above - please read).
Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle types, etc.
NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Keep out of reach of children.
Safety Guidelines & Explanations:
Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (Book) by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.
Please see the following websites for different uses & safety:
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL INVESTMENT:
Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.
The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using our Basil Essential Oil.
Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.
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