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Basil, Sweet Essential Oil
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Sweet Basil has a green, spicy and lingering sweet aroma.

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum L.

Common Name: Basil, Sweet

Plant Part: leaf & flowering tops

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatea)

Synonyms: Ocimum americanum ssp. americanum, Reunion basil, Comoran basil

Origin: Annual herbaceous plant native to Asia and Africa. It's cultivated throughout Europe as a culinary herb.

Botanical Description: A robust, aromatic annual plant up to 0.7 m (6-25 in) high with an erect stem and very green, ovate leaves, grayish-green beneath, and white, greenish or purplish pinky-white flowers. The whole plant has a very powerful aromatic scent. The linalool chemotype is preferred for aromatherapy.

Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and flowering tops. The oil is a colorless to pale yellow mobile liquid. Yield around 1%.

Aroma Profile: Sweet Basil has a top note that is green and fresh and a middle note that is sweet, spicy and anisic (licorice-like).

Major Constituents: Linalool type-mainly linalool. Methyl chavicol type-mainly methyl chavicol.

Common Adulterants: Linalool type as methyl chavicol type and vice versa

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20

Aroma Benefits: energizing, strengthening, clarifying, refreshing, uplifting

Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, lime, citronella, geranium, hyssop, rose

Safety Data: Mild skin and eye irritant. Avoid during pregnancy

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: Sweet Basil has a green, spicy and lingering sweet aroma.

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