Basil, Sweet Essential Oil, Social Enterprise

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Basil, Sweet Essential Oil, Social Enterprise

Ocimum basilicum steam distilled from leaves and flowers in Hungary.

Aroma: Sweet vaguely anise-like minty smoky odor. Herbaceous, slightly camphorous. I find the fresh and intriguing scent to be addictive - TTF.

Common Uses: Prized in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to strengthen compassion, faith and bring clarity. Basil clears the sinuses, promotes digestion and stimulates circulation, especially in the respiratory system.

Possible Uses: Bronchitis, colds, coughs, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, gout, insect bites, insect repellent, muscle aches, rheumatism, sinusitis. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-67.] Basil is used spiritually to strengthen compassion for self and others and has an affinity for the bronchial passages.-TTF

Constituents: Linalol, Fenchol, Eugenol, Methyl chavicol, Beta-caryophyllene [Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

History: In Greek, its name means 'royal remedy' or 'king'. Beloved culinary plant of Indian, Asian and Mediterranean countries.

Colour: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Cautions: May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 186.]

Safety Information: Use sparingly with caution. High doses may be carcinogenic due to its methyl chavicol content. Avoid in cases of liver problems. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 120.]