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Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and BenefitsBasil, Sweet Essential Oil Properties (Ocimum basilicum) Linalool CT

Soothing, energizing, fruity-spicy aroma with a balsamic, anise-like undertone.

  • 100% Pure, Concentrated, Undiluted,
  • Therapeutic Quality
  • Steam Distilled from Leaves
  • Country of Origin: Nepal
  • Also known as Sweet French Basil, Linalool Basil, Common Basil, True Basil, European Basil

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Packaged

Amber glass bottle with Euro dropper. Tamper proof safety seal. Shrink wrapped.

Background Information on Basil, Sweet 

Sweet basil is native to Africa and Asia. The bushy plant grows up to two feet. It has blue, white or purple flowers.  Basil wreaths have been found in Egyptian pyramid chambers. The herb Basil has been used medicinally all over the world for many conditions such as increasing lactation, stomach problems, menstrual cramp relief, snakebites.

Basil symbolizes love in Italy. Traditionally, when women are ready for romance, they put a pot of basil outside their window.

The wonders of basil have been appreciated and valued for over 2500 years. The word basil means “royal plant” in Greek. An exotic type of basil is grown and considered sacred in India. It is connected to the worship of Vishnu the protector. It was planted around the temples and shrines dedicated to Gods.

There are theories that Christians also report times when the use of basil was tied to Christianity. It is said the Virgin Mary hid from Herod’s soldiers by hiding in basil plants. Others say when Saint Helena (Emperor Constantine’s mother) was looking for Christ’s cross; she followed the scent of basil.

There are over 150 varieties of basil. The energies and effects of soil, temperature, moisture, climate and light influence the plant. There is a wide variety of basil essential oil qualities, scents and chemotypes. However, there are two types of basil essential oils of importance to aromatherapy: Sweet Basil and Reunion basil oils. Sweet Basil has linalool as a major constituent giving it a sweet, licorice, sometimes woody aroma.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Documented properties of basil, sweet essential oil in aromatherapy include analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, antivenomous, aphrosdisiac, blood purifier, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, estrogenic, expectorant, febrifuge, insect repellent, insecticide, laxative, nervine, refreshing, restorative, sedative, stimulant (adrenal glands; facilitates childbirth)*, stomachic, sudorific, tonic (nerves), uplifting, vermifuge.*

Basil, sweet essential oil has practical uses of cooling the skin and improving digestion.  Since the oil is purifying, it may help the reduction of cellulite*. Basil has analgesic properties and can lessen pain. It is a natural remedy to help soothe insect bites. This oil has also been used to increase lactation.

Emotionally, basil, sweet essential oil is calming, reduces stress and promotes deep sleep.  This oil is uplifting to moods and helps improve mental clarity, memory and sharpens the senses.

See our references at the bottom of this page for additional information.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Emotional Wellness Properties

Basil renews, energizes, rejuvenates and strengthens the spirit.  It is helpful for the anxious weary, overwhelmed, tired, drained, exhausted and those with negative, addictive habits.

If using basil for emotional wellness, try using it with our free EFT Tapping scripts with products Peace essential oil blend, Courage and Clarity and Purification body mind lotions, which help release these emotional issues.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Suggestions & Blends

Basil, sweet essential oil blends well with bergamot, camphor, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, fir, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, neroli, pine, rosemary.

Dilute with a carrier oil prior to applying to skin.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil Safety Tips

  • Do not use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Do not use on skin in concentrations higher than 3.3%
  • Do not use on children under the age of five, the elderly, those who have occupational exposure to carcinogens, smokers, or heavy drinkers.
  • For external use only.  See our Safety Information page for further details when using essential oils.


Essential OilBasil, Sweet (Linalool CT)
Botanical NameOcimum basilicum
SourceLeaves, Cultivated
Country of OriginNepal
Method of DistillationSteam
Specific Gravity:0.876 to 0.920 at 20 deg C
Refractive Index:1.469 to 1.4950 at 20 deg C
Optical Rotation:-2 to -15 at 20 deg C
Main ConstituentsLinalool: 40 to 60%, Eugenol: 8 to 18%, 1-8 Cineole: 7 to 15%, Camphor: 0.1 to 1.5%,Trans-beta-Ocimene: 0 to 2%, Terpinen-4-ol: 0 to 3%, Methyl Chavicol: 0 to 1%
CAS No8015-73-4