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Basil Oil

 

Introduction:

Botanical name: ocimum basilicum

Family: lamiaceae

Description & extraction:

Basil oil or sweet basil is a common name for the culinary herb ocimum basilicum and it is extracted by the process of steam distillation. Basil can also be propagated very reliably from cuttings in exactly the same manner as 'busy lizzie', with the stems of short cuttings suspended for two weeks or so in water until roots develop. Once a stem produces flowers, foliage production stops on that stem, the stem becomes woody, and essential oil production declines. To prevent this, a basil-grower may pinch off any flower stems before they are fully mature. Because only the blooming stem is so affected, some stems can be pinched for leaf production, while others are left to bloom for decoration or seeds.

Basil oil is pale greenish-yellow in color and has thin consistency and strength of initial aroma is medium. It is a watery viscosity. It is sweet, herbaceous, licorice like, slightly campherous. Basil oil blends with bergamot, celeray sage, clove bud, geranium, lime, lemon, hysoop, juniper, eucalyptus, neroli, marjoram, rosemary, melissa and lavender.

Properties:

1.Chemical Components:

Basil Oil has such different scents because the herb has a number of different essential oils that come together in different proportions for various breeds. The strong clove scent of sweet basil is derived from Eugenol, the same chemical as actual cloves. Other chemical that help to produce the distinctive scents of many Basils i.e. Citronellol, Linalool, Myrcene, Pinene, Ocimene, Terpineol, Linalyl Acetate, Eugenol etc.

2.Toxicological Properties:

Basil Oil showed antifungal and insect-repelling properties and it is confirmed that extracts from the plant are very toxic to mosquitoes. However, the plant is not toxic to rats also there are no equivalent reports of its use against humans.

Benefits, Uses & Precaution:

• Basil is very sensitive to cold, with best growth in hot, dry conditions. It behaves as an annual if there is any chance of a frost.

• Basil Oil used in Asian drinks and desserts such as falooda or sherbet.

• It is used for their medicinal properties in Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India and Siddha medicine, a traditional Tamil system of medicine. They are also used as drinks in Southeast Asia.

• It is used for respiratory tract and is often used for asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.

• Basil oil is very effective and in cases of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramp etc.

• It is very useful for the arthritis as well used on the skin.

• It is a good treatment for itching from bites and stings from honey bees, insect’s even snakes.

Use Basil Oil sparingly and with caution. High doses may be carcinogenic especially for those basils that contain a significant amount of methyl chavicol. Avoid in cases of liver problems. Avoid Basil Oil during pregnancy. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children.

Available in

Basil (Tulsi) Concentrated Oil(5 ml)
INR
70
USD
1.15
Basil (Tulsi) Concentrated Oil(10 ml)
INR
130
USD
2.13
Basil (Tulsi) Concentrated Oil(20 ml)
INR
230
USD
3.77
Basil (Tulsi) Concentrated Oil(1 litre)
INR
22000
USD
360.66
INR
USD
0.00

If you require the essential oil in any quantity. You can mail us at sales@astroshastra.com for further enquiries on bulk purchase.

 


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