Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum var. linalool
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Plant part: Leaves and flowers/buds
Aromatic scent: Sweet, herbaceous, mildly camphorous
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium
Volume: 10 ml
Native to India, it has been grown for over 25 centuries for its minty and cooling aroma. Powdered leaves of basil were inhaled in the 16th century and commonly used in Ayurveda to aid memory recall. They were also used in religious rituals in India for protection from evil spirits.
Basil essential oil has been referenced to as ‘the royal oil to strengthen the mind and heart, and to reinforce resistance against infectious diseases.’ Basil oil from Vietnam is widely used for stomach and respiratory issues. It aids in the reduction of stomach cramps due to its anti-spasmodic properties, excess gas relief and indigestion. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Moreover, the Linalool content of the basil oil makes it a very efficient insect repellent that can also be used for treating itchy mosquito bites.