Aroma Very clear, sweet & slightly spicy
Plant/Part Herb/ Flowering tops & leaves
Latin Name Ocimum Basilicum
Constituents Linalool(alcohol), Borneone, Camphor, cineole (ketones), Methychavicol, Eugenol (Phenols), Ocimene, Pinene, Sylvestrene (Terpenes).
Mind : A good tonic for the nerves, especially when feeling fragile. A good study aid as it sharpens the senses and encourages concentration. Has an uplifting effect on depression.
Body : First rate with headaches and migraine. Could reduce allergies related to stress. Relieves sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis & emphysema. Reduces indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. Also benefits the nervous system. Imitates the oestrogen hormone which is often helpful with menstrual problems such as scanty periods.
Skin : A refreshing and tonic action benefits sluggish and congested skins and may help control acne.
Other : Good for wasp and insect bites.
Blends : Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Sandalwood, Lemon Verbena
PRECAUTIONS Usually stimulating but has a stupefying effect when used in excess. May irritate sensitive skin a base oil should be used. BEST TO AVOID ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY AND WHEN BREASTFEEDING.