Sweet Basil essential oil, is also called Basil Linalool. The straw-coloured oil is made from is the flowers and upper leaves of Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool. by steam distillation. Bsil Linalool has a herbaceous aroma which is sweet and spicy, reminiscent of fresh basil. This provides a great top note to fragrances when blended with other oils.
Sweet Basil is cultivated in many parts of Europe. Basil has been valued in herbal medicine from classical times including by the Egytians and Romans for a wide number of for conditions related to stress and for its healing qualities. Today’s herbalists use Sweet Basil to make oils intended to help with nervous conditions such as headaches, stress lack of concentration. Sweet Basil is antiviral and anti-fungal so it is useful in preparations for skin issues such as athletes foot, breakouts and to help heal wounds. It is reported to have benefits for both respiritory issues and digestive problems. It can also be used as a mosquito repellent.
Sweet basil should not be used directly on sensitive skin or during pregnancy.