Latin name: Ocimum basilicum
Country of origin: USA
Part of the plant: Leaves and flowering tops
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Methyl chavicol, linalol, limonene
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, balancing, energizing, soothing, refreshing.
Physical uses: Muscle aches, muscle strain, muscle spasms such as menstrual and stomach cramps, indigestion, nausea, stiff joints, infections, respiratory congestion, coughs, nervous tension.
Skin care uses: Skin tonic, insect bites, minor skin infections, scalp tonic, insect repellent.
Psychological uses: Nervous tension, insomnia, mild depression, stress, anxiety, mental fog, mental fatigue.
Subtle uses: Clears and uplifts the mind. Promotes intuition.
Notes: Use Basil, ct. methyl chavicol in a 1-5% dilution. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Which One to Choose Basil, ct. linalol or Basil, ct. methyl chavicol?
Similarities: Both basil options are good for cramps, immune support and mental alertness.
Differences: Basil, ct. linalol has a soft, warm aroma. Its action is balancing and toning and is the preferred option for perfumery purposes. Basil, ct. methyl chavicol has a stronger herbaceous, somewhat peppery aroma. Its action is more stimulating and is often used in soaps and household products.
Methods of Use
After Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion, or body oil directly to damp skin.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Apply to your upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow the diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with a therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Scalp Oil: Mix 12-24 drops of essential oil in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba, or a blend of both. Store in a glass bottle with a cap. Use approximately 1 teaspoon to massage into your scalp at night. Shampoo in the morning.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)