Basil: Ocimum basilicum (L.)
Why basil? Basil aromatherapy essential oil has an intensely fresh aroma, which makes it an uplifting addition to “green” blends and perfumes. It’s especially wonderful blended with citrus oils, like sweet orange Citrus sinensis, for a stimulating morning shower gel or blended with a calming oil, like lavender Lavandula angustifolia, to use in your favorite diffuser.
Quality Assured: Our certified organic basil essential oil is responsibly sourced from Egypt. The essential oil is steam distilled from the whole aerial part of the flowering plant. Every batch of oil is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and produced without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Additionally, our expert aromatherapists here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally assess all of our oils—using touch, taste, smell, and lab analyses—to ensure that your essential oil is suitable for use and entirely free of adulterants.
For instance, a GC analysis of our basil oil showed 51.50% linalool, 8.75% 1,8 cineole, 1.28% beta-elemene, 0.51% camphor, and 5.72% trans-alpha bergamotene. This oil also has a specific gravity of .901 at 20°C and a refractive index of 1.473 at 20°C.
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How to Use
Benefits: Basil aromatherapy essential oil is has a perky and stimulating aroma. It is excellent for use during winter or low-light months or for an early morning lift as it will bring forth memories of summer herbs.
Regulatory Status: Basil essential oil is listed on the FDA Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list.
Oils That Blend Well With Basil: Basil has an intense aroma and is considered a top note. It is uplifting, fresh, penetrating, slightly green, and has a faint balsamic, woody undertone and a lasting sweetness. It blends well with:
bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia
clary sage Salvia sclarea
geranium Pelargonium graveolens
lime Citrus aurantiifolia
oakmoss Evernia prunastri
rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
violet Viola odorata
LUSCIOUS HAIR TONIC:
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil: 20 drops
Lavender Lavandula officinalis oil: 20 drops
Basil Ocimum basilicum oil: 10 drops
Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil: 2 drops
Cedarwood Cedrus atlantica oil: 2 drops
Mix the oils together in a one-half-ounce amber or opaque bottle and use as a concentrate, or blend into one-ounce of grapeseed oil with the addition of one teaspoon of jojoba oil. If using the concentrate, massage a few drops into your scalp nightly or apply a few drops to your hairbrush. This oil is wonderful for adding shine to your hair and supporting volume while not leaving your hair greasy. If using the diluted formula, massage into the scalp for a minimum of two minutes and follow with a warm towel to aid absorption.
Looking to grow your own basil? Check out this instructional video from ACHS!