Basil sweet essential oil is one of the eco-friendly products you can find here on Simply Earth. It is 100% pure, no additives, undiluted. You can be sure of the highest quality because all our oils have been tested.The sweet basil plant is not only famous as food ingredient worldwide; its essential oil is also helpful in maintaining overall wellness. The supreme quality makes it ideal oil in aromatherapy. Check out theGC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) report about basil sweet is on this page.
Sweet basil got its name from ‘Basileus’ – a Greek word for ‘king’. That’s why until today it is considered as the king of herbs. Basil has long been used in ‘Ayurvedic’ treatment - a holistic body healing which was first practiced in Ancient India. This was achieved by having a fragile synchronization of the whole body, mind, and spirit using basil sweet plant and essential oil. Traditionally, the leaves were also used as an herb strewn to remove unpleasant odors around and ingredient to make their dishes more flavorful.
It is said to be native to India where this annual plant has been used since 3000 Before the Common Era (BCE). This sums up to more than 5,000 years today! Basil eventually spread across the globe because of its popularity as spice greatly improving flavors of foods. Basil is difficult to grow in countries with annual snowfall, but it is possible to grow indoors away from frost.
Basil belongs tothe enormous Lamiaceae family of mints. Basil plants exist in different varieties. The one used in our essential oil issweet basil from India. Basil is a small shrub that grows from 30 - 130 cm. tall, with leaves in a lighter shade of green. The leaves taste and smell pleasant when fresh; the aroma becomes spicy-earthy when dried.
Basil grows best in tropical and dry climate conditions. It loves direct sunlight and needs enough watering to keep the soil moist. It can also be cultivated in pots or containers in your garden. Sweet basil essential oil from the leaves and stems are extracted by steam distillation.
Sweet basil essential oilhas a sweet relaxing aroma, spicy fresh, lightly balsamic, woody and herbaceous. It blends well with Bergamot, Citronella, Frankincense, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Clove-Leaf, Mandarin, Juniper, Hyssop and some more. The essential oil from sweet basil is thin, colorless or clear light-yellow. It is widely used in perfumery for its tenacious sweet and woody scent. The fresh leaves have a sharp penetrating sweet aroma and the taste is likely similar to star anise.
Fun with Basil Sweet Essential Oil - Discover Other Simple Uses
One time I was with my family in a beach resort. I couldn’t ignore the fun of taking a plunge into the saltwater with them. The result was not so good for my long hair. It felt so dry and unmanageable even after shampoo and conditioner. At home, I took my mother’s sweet basil oil and added a few drops to about one gallon of lukewarm ‘mineral’ water. I used it as the final rinse and let it stay on my hair, massaging for a few minutes. It was fun because I was just trying if it would work and it did! It gave a new kind of touch and shine to my hair!
It is generally safe to consume thisall-natural sweet basil oil and herb in minimal amounts as ingredients in foods. But, take note that excessive intake may bring about uncomfortable conditions such as a headache, heavy sweating, or dizziness. Pregnant women, very young children and those with extremely sensitive skin are advised to refrain from using any essential oil without knowing if it would cause any adverse reaction to you.
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Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.