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Basil Linalol Essential Oil


In ancient Latin cultures Basil was highly prized and considered to be a king amongst the plant world. Today, basil is widely used in the culinary world, especially in Italian cuisine. In aromatherapy, basil has long been used to help relieve aches and pains and for symptomatic relief of respiratory concerns.

Name of Oil:  Basil ct. linalool

Latin Binomial:  Ocimum basilicum

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  France, Asia, Africa

Scent Profile: Herbaceous, sweet

Parts used in distillation:  Leaves, flowers, buds

Oil Characteristics:  Clear, thin, medium aroma

Cultivation:  Certified Organic


Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Colds, cough, exhaustion, flatulence, sinusitis, insect repellent, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, heart burn, and fever.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Depression, melancholy, hysteria, indecision, nervousness.


In Indian culture, basil is dedicated to the god Vishnu and is said to be an incarnation of his wife, Lakshimi (who was the goddess of fortune and beauty). Basil was used extensively in the Middle Ages as a treatment for depression and melancholy.

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, cis-ocimene, camphor,linalool, methyl chavicol, a-terpineol, citronellol, geraniol, methylcinnamate, eugenol

Safety & References


High doses may be carcinogenic, avoid in pregnancy.

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

Aromatherapy – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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