Basil (Sweet) Essential Oil is one of the many eco-friendly products you can find here at Simply Earth. It is 100% pure, undiluted, with no additives. All our oils are GC/MS tested, so you can be sure they are of the highest quality. The sweet basil plant is not only a popular herb in the culinary world, but its essential oil is also highly regarded because of its helpfulness in maintaining overall wellness. The supreme quality makes it an ideal oil in aromatherapy. Check out the GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) report about sweet basil on this page.
The word “basil” is derived from the Greek word “Basileus”, meaning “king”. It is considered to this day to be the king of herbs. Basil has long been used in Ayurvedic treatment, which is a holistic body healing first practiced in Ancient India. This was achieved by having a fragile synchronization of the whole body, mind, and spirit using the sweet basil plant and essential oil. Traditionally, basil leaves were also used to remove unpleasant odors and as an ingredient to make dishes more flavorful.
Sweet basil is thought to be native to India where this annual plant has been used since 3000BC.Basil eventually spread across the globe because of its popularity as a spice that greatly improved 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 to the enormous Lamiaceae family of mints. Basil plants exist in different varieties. The one used in our essential oil is sweet 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 oil has a sweet relaxing aroma that is spicy fresh, lightly balsamic, woody and herbaceous. It blends well with Bergamot, Citronella, Frankincense, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Clove-Leaf, Mandarin, Juniper, and Hyssop. 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.
Oral Application: Basil is an important ingredient in oral hygiene products like mouthwash and cream because of its fresh herbaceous scent and sweet taste.
Relaxing Oil: Basil produces one of the best essential oils for mental clarity and focus. Users of this oil have proven its ability to clear the mind and relax the body, which is useful when you are suffering from fatigue, stress, and anxiety. After a long day at work, this could work wonders for those in need of relaxation. As it relaxes the body, it also restores mental alertness and fights fatigue. Our Alertness Mist Spray recipe is great for that perfect start to your day!
Add ingredients to 4-ounce mist sprayer. Set on finest spray possible. Shake well before every use. Spray in the air over your head and breathe the scent in deeply. Great for when you first get up in the morning.
Perfumery & Fragrances: Splash - The Basil 2008 Marc Jacobs (for men and women), Tsunami Axe (for men), Olivier Strelli Avon (for men) and L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent (for men) are only a few of the leading brands using basil sweet essential oil. You can also blend it with other essential oils to come up with your own fragrance!
Insecticide: Basil has long been used as a repellent for its insecticidal power to keep mosquitoes, flies and other insects away.
In Aromatherapy: Basil is used in treating nasal congestion, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, bronchitis, headache, muscle pain, nausea, sinusitis, body odor, and to maintain healthy skin.
Use 9 drops of Basil (Sweet) in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or milk and add to running water in the bathtub for a nice relaxing bath.
Food: Although we are talking about basil (sweet) essential oil, we cannot disregard the important roles of its leaves. Fresh salads taste less flavorful without it. We all love Italian pasta and pesto – don’t we? Many Indian recipes also taste delicious with basil leaves. The oil is also used in tomato ketchup, tomato paste, spiced sausages & meat. Sweet basil’s flowers & stems are not used in cooking; only the leaves (fresh or dried) are used to enhance the flavor and taste in recipes.
Antioxidant: Basil arrests oxidation that produces free radicals which may cause damage to body cells. Basil (sweet) essential oil can help protect the body from damage because it is a safe and effective source of antioxidants.
Anti-bacterial: Basil (sweet) essential oil executes a strong anti-bacterial effect against bacterial diseases caused by environmental threats.
Anti-inflammatory: For people suffering from inflamed arthritis – this is perfect for you! If you are having an episode where both knees and ankles are swollen, applying this essential oil will improve cartilage and joint function.
Remedy for the Heart: Sweet basil essential oil helps improve the wellness of the heart. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.
Respiratory Relief: This essential oil is one of the best oils in improving the health of the respiratory system. Certain cough syrups use basil as an expectorant. It can help mobilize phlegm that sticks in the bronchial passages in asthma and bronchitis conditions by inhaling it from a vaporizer or diffuser. In addition to it promoting a healthier respiratory system, basil’s relaxing and uplifting effect makes it perfect for those in need of respiratory and stress relief. This two-ingredient diffuser recipe could easily be a favorite for those in need of some quality meditation after all the coughing.
Pain Reliever: Applying basil (sweet) essential oil’s uplifting fragrance helps relieve head tension. It helps support the immune system. Head tension can be horrible for busy bees stuck in the office. Follow this clarity essential oil blend recipe for your diffuser and diffuse the tension while promoting a positive atmosphere at the same time. The fresh smell of the beautiful combinations of herbs and oils plus the fact that this is an essential oil for clarity doesn’t hurt either!
Sweet Basil essential oil is not only an essential oil for mental clarity and focus, it also does wonders to hair! I was with my family at a beach resort and the water just looked so inviting. As we all know, saltwater can be very drying--especially paired with the hot sun. My hair ended up feeling so dry and unmanageable even after shampooing and conditioning.
The minute we got home, I took my mother’s sweet basil oil and added a few drops to about a gallon of lukewarm mineral water. I used it as the final rinse, massaging it into my scalp and hair for a few minutes. My little experiment worked, giving my hair a shiny and soft finish even after a long day under the sun!
It is generally safe to consume this all-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.