Basil (Ocimmum basilicum) Essential Oil - 5 ml

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All of Green Valley Aromatherapy's essential oils are batch tested for quality and purity by gas chromatography, ensuring that you are receiving a 100% pure, top quality product. These are therapeutic grade essential oils, and should be used with care.

General Properties of Basil Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • decongestant
  • expectorant
  • stimulant

Origin: India. Steam distilled from the leaves of the herb. Top note.

Description of Basil Essential Oil

Basil is an herb. The leaves are steam distilled to create an essential oil that is yellow in color. Basil essential oil has been used throughout the ages for chest infections, digestive problems, as a brain stimulant (it is said to clear away those mental cobwebs!) and as an antispasmodic, making it a wonderful essential oil to treat bronchitis and whooping cough. It may be mixed into a massage oil and used in a gentle massage over the stomach to help ease many types of digestive problems. To help with oily skin or acne, dilute basil in a carrier oil such as jojoba) or in a skin cream such as our premium base cream.

Basil essential oil takes its name from the Greek word for 'king' (basileum). This could be because the plant was so highly prized that it was considered "king among plants". It could also be because it was in the ingredient list of an oil blended to anoint kings. This plant is still highly valued in Greece, both for cooking and as a medicinal plant. This plant grows wild along many sunny Mediterranean hillsides.

Basil essential oil blends well with lavender essential oil, bergamot essential oil, clary sage essential oil and geranium essential oil. Its active principles include methylchavicol (40 to 50%) with linalol, cineol, eugenol, pinene and camphor. It should NOT be used when pregnant.

Specific Cautions for Basil Essential Oil

Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use in the bath. Use with caution on sensitive skin. Use in low doses.

References about Basil Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Basil Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: MSDS sheet is available for this product.


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