Benefits of Basil Oil

24/09/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles



What is the Genus Species? Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol

Why is this information important? There are seven different chemotypes of basil and over 40 varieties of basil. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting basil essential oils!

chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.

Basil Chemotypes-

  • Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol – This plant contains strong antispasmodic properties and is grown in Reunion, Comoro and Egypt. Also known as estagole CT. This basil oil is used in the Raindrop technique.
  • Ocimum basilcum CT fenchol – This plant contains antiseptic and neurotonic properties. Grown in Germany.
  • Ocimum basilcum CT eugenol – This plant is an anti-inflammatory and used for pain (topically). It is grown in Madagascar.
  • Ocimum basilcum CT linol – This plant is stimulating to the liver, tonifying and antiflatulent. It has been used for depression and coronary weakness.


Where is the name derived from? The Greeks referred to basil as “King of Plants”! From this reasoning, basil comes from a Greek word “basileum” meaning “king”.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers

What is the ORAC Value? 54,000 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Basil is contained in Hildegard’s Medicine Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. Wow!

What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, decongestant (prostate, lungs, veins), stimulant (digestive, liver, adrenal cortex and nerves).

What are the Documented Basil Benefits and Uses? Migraines, insect bites, throat/lung infections, mental fatigue, menstrual periods (scanty), hair (dandruff), aches and pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, bronchitis, insect repellant (housefly and mosquito) and bites.

What is the Aromatic Effect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and can help one be clear in mind.

Use it to re-energize yourself about a project especially when there is doubt or distrust involved. In this case, it can be particularly uplifting! It has a strong herbaceous scent.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Basil oil introduces us to our inner self.

When we receive clarity about who we are, we are able to make better choices about what we want to create in our lives. That stagnant energy becomes transformed into excitement and enthusiasm to follow and accept responsibilities for our own desires.

What Chakra is Affected? The root, sacral and soar plexus chakras are opened yielding to more energy and strength.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use very diluted and with caution. I choose to use it in a specialty blend, rather than use it alone. The blends I use with basil are generally for anxiety and focus.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Basil essential oil has no known contraindications. It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) and allowed as a Food Additive (FA) for internal consumption by the FDA.

However, those with epilepsy should avoid using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. Children under 6 years old should not use basil as a dietary supplement.

May be an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes, therefore dilution may be necessary.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that Italian men would present women with basil sprigs to tell them of their romantic interest?

And Italian women would place basil stems on their clothes to attract possible suitors!

Did you know that the Hindus used it to protect the dead and believed it helped them pass to the other side?

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