Decongestant, Lungs, Prostate, etc.
Name Basil Essential Oil, ct. methyl chavicol, USA
Category Essential Oils
Species Ocimum basilicum L, variety, fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Method Steam Distillation
Class Phenolic Ether
Basil Essential Oil, ct. methyl chavicol, USA
Basil essential oil, ct. methyl chavicol, USA high notes are decidedly herbal if not somewhat harsh. There is however a sweetness due to the natural occurrence of the estragole, methyl chavicol. This type of Basil is useful in blends calling for sweet basil, with discretion. Experts do not recommend it as a substitute, however, but as a supplement.
Methyl Chavicol (estragol) [75-80%]
1,8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) [1-5%]
Methyl Eugenol [1-5%]
Action: Basil is a powerful antispasmodic, is anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, a decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), and is antibacterial.
Traditional Uses: Used extensively in traditional Asian medicine, basil's name is derived from "basileum," the Greek name for "king." In the 16th century, the powdered leaves were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections.
Indications: Migraines, mental fatigue, and scanty menstrual periods.
Other Uses: Basil is relaxing to both striated and smooth muscles, soothing for insect bites, and stimulating to the sense of smell. Basil oil may help bronchitis and chest infections.
Application: Apply to tip of the nose, on the temples, and on the location of stings and bites. For mental fatigue, inhale first, then apply to the crown of the head, the forehead, the heart, and the naval. Basil may also be added to food or water as a dietary supplement.
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not use if epileptic. Skin test for sensitivity.
Companion Oils: Bergamot oil, wintergreen oil or birch oil, cypress oil, geranium oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, and marjoram oil.