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