Our Sweet Basil essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and tops of the basil plant. A tender-leaved, powerfully aromatic annual herb, Basil is a native species to tropical Asia and Africa. This variety is also known as ‘sweet”, ‘true’, and ‘European’ Basil and has a linalool chemotype.
About The Oil
Basil essential oil has been referred to as ‘the royal oil to strengthen the mind and heart and to reinforce resistance against infectious diseases.’ The linalool type is considered safer for topical use. Spicy Basil (the methyl chavicol chemotype) is more well known for its use for respiratory and stomach problems.
The oil’s capability to improve memory and sharpen the mind has been praised in India since times of old. In the 16th century, powdered leaves of Basil were inhaled. It is commonly used in Ayurveda to sharpen the mind and enhance memory. Hindus put basil sprigs on the chests of the dead to protect them from evil spirits while in transition