Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum
Botanical name: 
Ocimum basilicum

Expansive and fortifying

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist. Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Analgesic - local pain relief
Expectorant - mucous coughs, bronchitis, catarrh
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Menstrual Regulator - irregular or heavy periods
Mental Stimulant - tiredness, lethargy, poor concentration, poor memory
Central Nervous System Restorative - exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of origin: 
France, Italy
Part of plant used: 
Flowering tops
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Peppermint, citrus and spice olis.
Chemical character: 
Alcohol type
Safety information: 
Not for use in pregnancy, can cause skin sensitivity, max 10 drops in 30ml blend.
Odour profile: 
Herbal, sweet and fresh with spicy notes.
Plant description: 
Spreading annual herb with dark green leaves and pink-white flowers.
Historical use: 
In India a form of Basil called Tulsi is planted in gardens for spiritual protection.