A clear to light yellow volatile oil which is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the basil plant.
Ocimum Basilicum Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Tropical Basil Essential Oil are:
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Useful to use on stings and bites and to some extent as an insect repellent. It is very high in methyl chavicol so take great care if using it on the skin.
Use in very small amounts in shampoos and body washes to relieve mental fatigue but be aware of the cautions.
Best used in an oil burner or diffuser as a room antiseptic and stimulant.
Combine with Ylang Ylang in a shampoo for a complex fragrance note.
Blend with Geranium and Clary Sage for a complex “green” fragrance.
Do not use during pregnancy or on children. Sensitisation may occur in some people to to the methyl chavicol.
Warning: Essential oils can be toxic to some animals. Consult a veterinary surgeon if concerned.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a nerve tonic as well as a very good digestive helping with nausea and gas.
Helps to tone the small intestines. It is also said to be good for travel sickness.
As an emmenagogue, it was used to help with scanty periods but obviously should not be used in pregnancy.
Being a mild sedative it was used to help with insomnia and is an adrenal cortex stimulant.
Known in ancient times as King of the Herbs and Royal Herb as the name comes from the Greek meaning Royal/Kingly Herb. It has been cultivated in India for over 5,000 years.