Basil Essential Oil is distilled from the flowers and leaves of the Ocimum basilicum plant. The cultivar, country of origin and growing conditions make significant differences to the chemical makeup of the extracted oil resulting in different chemotypes (CT). Ocimum basilicum ct. Methyl Chavicol contains high levels of Methyl Chavicol, also known as Estragole. Care should therefore be taken in its use as although not toxic itself, Estragole may convert to a chemical which is hepatoxic and could be carcinogenic in prolonged and/or high dose use. For general use, especially if used directly on the skin, we recommend Sweet Basil.
Basil (Methyl Chavicol) is valued as a tonic for anxiety, can help to clear the mind, and give focus. It is traditionally used for respiratory issues such as asthma, colds and coughs and is also often used for musular tension and digestive problems, particularly when linked to nervous tension.
Basil (Methyl Chavicol) essential oil has a warm, spicy rich, herbal aroma with an aniseed note.
It can be added to your day to promote focus, relaxation and help reduce stress when used for massage, aromatherapy or in bath products.
It should not be used during pregnancy and can irritate sensitive skin. Do not use for a prolonged period or in concentrations greater than 2%.
This oil can be combined with carrier oils, also available from Essican Purelife, to create massage oils, used in an infuser, or diluted to be used in a tincture.