Essential oil: Ocimum basilicum
Country of origin: North Africa, Cypress, Seychelles and Europe.
Main chemical components:
Fenchol, linalool, y-terpineol, citronellol, geraniol, methyl cinnamate and eugenol.
Back ground info:
The botanical name for Basil is Ocimum basillicum, and it is extracted from the leaves steam distillation from the leaves and the flowering tops. The plant offers rich green leaves that produce a rich aroma when lightly touched. The oil has a watery viscosity and is pale greenish-yellow in colour; the aroma is clear, light and peppery and gives a sweet, green top note to blends.
Cautious use is recommended and small amounts are used diluted. It is thought high doses could be carcinogenic particularly basils that have large amounts of methyl chavicol/eugenol.
This essential oil is indicated to aid relief the following health conditions: bronchitis, colds, coughs, exhaustion, flatulence and digestive issues, flu, gout, insect bites and helps as an insect repellent, muscle aches, rheumatism, and sinusitis.
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Use diluted in carrier oil such as grape seed oil, or olive oil. Blend with other essential oils to make a synergy suitable to a specific condition. For example aiding the relief of bronchitis blend with Cedarwood essential oil and vaporise the room or use as a steam distillation for inhaling.
Deborah Casey is a qualified Aromatherapist. She began her training with personal learning and progressed onto an introductory course followed by an advanced course of learning with the Bridge Project in Washington Tyne and Wear. She then progressed onto Diploma study and obtained her Diploma in Body massage prior to successful study of Aromatherapy. Having passed through the menopause, complicated by mesh injury, she applied aromatic essential oils in an unconventional manner. Then she found white birch - her go to for many ails.
Deborah welcomes clients for private consultation and treatment packages. Please enquire to appointments and prices.