Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum var. basilicum Origin: Egypt Description: Although basil originally comes from Africa, the plant is relatively easy to grow, flourishing in the areas around the Mediterranean in particular. There are several different varieties of the plant however much of the basil that is grown for essential oil production comes from Egypt.
Color: Pale yellow to amber color liquid.
Common Uses: This variety of Basil contains a high Methyl Chavicol content which gives it a strong, sweet scent making it effective for use in the perfumery industry. In massage therapy, Basil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used to alleviate tension and stress. Basil is prized in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to strengthen compassion, faith and bring clarity.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove, Lavender, Geranium Aromatic Scent: This variety has a sweet vaguely anise-like, mint, smoky odor.
History: There are many rituals and beliefs associated with basil. The ancient Egyptians believed that it would open the gates of heaven for a person passing on. European lore sometimes claims that basil is a symbol of evil.
Cautions: Basil oil can be a skin irritant. It should be used in dilution, and avoided during pregnancy.