Basil Essential Oil
(Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)
“Of all the herbs, Jasmine thought, basil was her soul mate. She rubbed her fingers over a leaf and sniffed deeply at the pungent, almost licorice scent. Basil was sensuous, liking to stretch out green and silky under a hot sun with its feet covered in cool soil".
-Nina Killham, How to Cook a Tart
Basil has a sweet, spicy, fresh scent with a faint balsamic woody back note and a lasting sweetness that makes for a strong top note. Basil Essential Oil emits a warm, sweet, freshly floral and crisply herbaceous scent that is further characterized as airy, vibrant, uplifting, and reminiscent of the scent of licorice.
Found in these Essential Tonic Blends:
antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, nervine, restorative, tonic
muscular spasm and contraction, rheumatism, respiratory conditions, menstrual cramp, menstrual problems, headache, migraines, intestinal cramp, nausea, cystitis, mental and physical fatigue, stress, tension
Blends well with...
bay (West Indian), bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile roman, cistus, clary sage, coriander seed, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, geranium, grapefruit, immortelle, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, manuka, marjoram (sweet), mastic, niaouli, orange (sweet), oregano, palmarosa,
peppermint, petitgrain, plai, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, thyme linalol, ylang ylang
Best avoided during pregnancy.