Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: Fresh, warm, spicy, herbaceous Largest Producing Countries: Vietnam, USA, France, and Hungary
Traditional Use: Basil is a sacred plant in India, and used in ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as a strewing herb to reduce odors, and has many culinary applications.
Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
Benefits: Abrasions, anxiety, bronchitis, colds, coughs, depression, flatulence, fatigue, infection, insect bites and repellant, sinus infection, whooping cough. Basil can be added to a hair tonic to help stimulate growth.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, citronella, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, opopanax, rosemary
Of Interest: Basil has many aromatic properties. Ocimum is derived from the Greek word osme, which means to smell.
Safety Data: Avoid in epilepsy, liver problems, and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.