Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
Synonyms:Ocimum basilicum, Tulsi, Sweet Basil
Country of origin:North India
Plant part used: leaf
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance:Brown to clear liquid
Perfumery Note: Top
Solubility: Soluble in Alcohols, Essential Oils and insoluble in water
Major Component:Linalool (15-18%), methyl chavicol (70-74%), eugenol (0.5%),anythol (1-2%)
Aromatherapy Uses: The green aromatic leaves are used fresh and dried as flavorings or spices in sauces, stews, salad dressings, vegetables, poultry, vinegar, confectionery products, and the liqueur chartreuse. Basil extract has been reported to have antioxidant activity. Cultivars with purple foliage, such as 'Dark Opal' and var. auranascens, are grown as ornamentals, but can also be used as flavorings. The essential oils and oleoresin are used extensively, reducing the need for dried leaves in the food industry; used in perfumes, soaps, and shampoos.
The use of basil herb for medicinal purpose is being practiced since ages. Sweet basil essential oil is a wonderful analgesic. It works wonders in alleviating headache. Basil essential oil is a fabulous antidepressant and is also resorted to for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Well, talking about the health benefits of basil oil, it has proved to be extremely effective in curing constipation, migraine, muscle ache, rheumatism, insect bites, bronchitis, sinus congestion and colds.
In aromatherapy, basil essential oil massage is given to calm down the mind and get rid of tensions that have occupied the mind. It is one of the most rejuvenating experiences that truly cheer the heart. Its refreshing aroma provides soothing effects and takes away melancholy from life. When it comes to basil herb, it has such varied varieties that one cannot even think of. Some are original, while others are hybrid, which are created using distinctive essential oil ingredients and compositions. Due to the multitude of benefits that basil essential oil offers, it is of great value to mankind.
Blending Property: Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Lime Oil etc.
Cautions: Avoid in Pregnancy , Used after consulting with Aromatherapist.
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