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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