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Oil Summary: Organic Basil oil is hot and pungent. The parts used for extracting the essence are the leaves and flowering tops. It’s used as top or middle note in perfumery. When used on skin Basil essential oil is known to nourish, repair, exfoliate and brighten the skin. Organic Basil essential oil has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is said to be held sacred by the Indian deities Krishna and Vishnu, purportedly for its protective qualities. It was originally indicated to treat stomach and digestive disorders as well as respiratory ailments and cough, but it is also known for its ability to focus the mind, as well as provide a sedative effect. As one of the world’s most versatile and beloved culinary herbs, its fresh, lifted herbal aroma is instantly recognizable and can easily dominate an essential oil blend. Steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of ocimum basilicum, it presents as a clear, pale yellow to pale green liquid with a warm, spicy, herbaceous top fragrance note. Organic Basil oil is used as a facial tonic, it stimulates blood circulation to the surface of the skin, cools the skin, brightens complexion and skin tone, and helps to control acne breakouts. On the rest of the body, it reduces the appearance of cellulite. Added to shampoos, conditioners or other hair treatments, it removes excess oil while adding shine and luster to the hair. While basil essential oil is generally considered non-irritating, avoid using undiluted unless you are under the direct care of a qualified natural medical practitioner. There is also a potential for allergic reaction to methyl chavicol in some individuals. it protects from colds and flu, and helps the body to recover more quickly from these complaints. It is also helpful in preventing asthma attacks and relieving sinus discomfort, bronchitis, and severe coughs.
Odor and Appearance : A light yellow liquid with a spicy odor.
Country of origin : India
Botanical name : Ocimum Basilicum (Chemo Type: Methylchavicol)
Contraindication: Basil essential oil should be avoided if you are pregnant or nursing, as it may cause fluctuations in hormonal levels as well as have an effect on muscle and nerve function. While basil essential oil is generally considered non-irritating, avoid using undiluted unless you are under the direct care of a qualified natural medical practitioner. There is also a potential for allergic reaction to methyl chavicol in some individuals. Keep in mind that methyl chavicol is considered to be a carcinogen in high doses. Look for basil essential oil that is higher in linalool and lower in methyl chavicol. Heed all recommended dilution ratios, and test on a small, non-sensitive area of your skin before applying liberally. Avoid contact with mucous membranes and open wounds.
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