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Basil, Sweet Essential Oil

Ocimum basilicum ct linalool

Relieves spasms, digestive disorders, and helps concentration.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

The chemical components vary dramatically depending on the chemotype. Be certain about the chemical profile and chemotype of the oil you’re using. If the oil contains significant amounts of eugenol, it may cause skin irritation for people with sensitive skin. The oil we’re studying is the linalol chemotype. 

Known Basil chemotypes: linalol, estragole (methyl chavicol), eugenol, methyl eugenol, methyl cinnamate.

Traditional Use of Basil, Sweet

Basil is excellent for soothing a chest cold with a spasmodic cough. It is a very effective antispasmodic, and can stop coughing for several hours after each application to the chest.
 
I also like to rub a cream with Sweet Basil on my neck to get rid of headaches. For this application, it can be used on its own or blended with Lavender. It seems to work best if the headache is stress or tension related.
 
It's also a good digestive aid and can be added to a blend for gas or cramping after eating. Basil is also used for muscle pains and cramping.

Botany

Basil is an annual, or sometimes perennial, herb used for its leaves. Depending on the variety, plants can reach heights of between 30 and 150 cm (1 and 5 ft). Its leaves are richly green and ovate, but otherwise come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes depending on cultivar. Leaf sizes range from 3 to 11 cm (1 to 4+1⁄2 in) long, and between 1 and 6 cm (1⁄2 and 2+1⁄2 in) wide. Basil grows a thick, central taproot. Its flowers are small and white (Wiki)

Energetics

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Basil, Sweet

Basil is cleansing for the soul and the psyche.  It is also associated with abundance and protection.  Basil also has an affinity for the heart chakra and new ways of perceiving.  It is warming and assists in strengthening our confidence and motivation.  She also is comforting and clarifying.  basil is considered a cephalic (for the head) and is uplifting to the psyche

Traditional Folklore

The name "basil" comes from the Latin word basilius, and the Greek word βασιλικόν φυτόν (basilikón phutón), meaning "royal/kingly plant", possibly because the plant was believed to have been used in production of royal perfumes. In French, basil is reffered to    as "l'herbe royale" ('the royal herb').

Chemistry
Recipes & Blends
Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Basil, Sweet

Depends on the chemotype. The linalol chemotype is safe for the skin. Robert Tisserand’s recommendation for the linalool chemotype is a maximum topical application of 3% based on 15% eugenol content. 

Major concerns are for internal use of the chemotype with high levels of estragole (methyl chavicol content). High levels are considered carcinogenic and have produced DNA abnormalities in animals.

References

Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003
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