Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool
Aroma Intensity: Strong
Aroma: Herbal, spicy, sharp, licorice-like
Common Extraction Method: Steam distillation of the leaves
Possible Substitute Oils: black Pepper, thyme (linalool and geraniol CT), marjoram, lavandin, lavender
Recommended Dilution Range: 3%-20%; neat for some conditions
Germacrene D 0.8%-3.3%
Other Compounds: Myrcene, limonenem (E)-bet-ocimene, allo-ocimene, alpha-terpneol, nerol, bornyl acetate, neryl acetate, geranyl acetate, beta-caryophyllene, alpha-amorphene, clemol, viridiflorol, gamma-eudesmol, geraniol, alph-bulnesene, cubenol, spathulenol, phytol, camphor, borneil
Reported Therapeutic Properties: Analgesic (pain relief), antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral, antineuralgic, wound healing, relieves insect bites and stings, decongestant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, muscle relaxer, nervine (calms and soothes the nerves), improves skin luster, supports adrenal function, aids digestion, eases cough (especially spasmodic cough), supports normal respiration, aids circulation, headache (migraine), soothes nausea, expels excess gas, eases earache, improves muscle tone, relaxing, warming, metally stimulating, stress management, relieves anxiety, ecourages self-confidence and motivation, aids mental clarity, reduces burnout and confusion
- May interfere with enzymes responsible for metabolizing medications (NSAIDs, proton-pump inhibitors, acetaminophen, anti-epileptics, immune modulators, blood-sugar medications, blood pressure medications, anti-depressants, anti psychotics,diabetic medications, antihistamines, antibiotics, and anesthetics).
- May interact with aspirin, blood pressure, anti-platelet, and anticoagulant medications, and increase the risk of bleeding among people with bleeding disorders.
- May inhibit MAO enzymes and increase the risk of hypertension, tremors, confusion, muscle twitching, irritable mood, and diarrhea (methyl chavicol CT)
- May interact with diabetic medications and cause hypoglycemia.
- Do not take the estragole CT orally due to very high methyl chavicol (estragole) content- up to 86%, which is a known animal carcinogen. The methyl chavicol should also be avoided by all methods or administration by children through age 5, and during pregnancy and nursing.
- A twice-per-week thirty minute aromatherapy massage with sweet orange or wild orange, geranium, and basil helped relieve depression. It is speculated that this antidepressant activity was achieved by increasing blood flow to the prefrontal cortex (the front part of the brain responsible for regulating behavior).
- Sweet basil may help prevent the spread of human oral and mouse leukemia cancer cells.
- Sweet basil showed significant activity in preventing the spread of glioblastoma cells. Glioblastomas are tumors that occur in the star-shaped cells in the supportive tissue of the brain called astrocyets.
- A topical mixture of sweet basil (3%) and sweet orange or wild orange (5%) essential oils and acetic acid was tested against acne in seven volunteers. The antiseptic and keratolytic (the softening and peeling of horny outer layer of skin) activity of the mixture improved the acne in 75% of the volunteers.
- Inhalation of a combination of peppermint, basil, and helichrysum oils reduced mental exhaustion and moderate burnout in a small pilot study.
- Sweet basil my protect DNA from damage and mutation due to its antioxidant properties.
- Research suggests that sweet basil protects the myocardium against damage during a heart attack.
- Research suggests that sweet basil may significantly alleviate acute ear infections.
- Sweet basil actively inhibits gram-negative and gram-positive bacterium, drug-resistant bacteria, fungi, and parasites (including giardia lamblia).
- Sweet basil is up to 100% effective against dust mites and helps kill the larvae of mosquitos that carry malaria.
- An increase in fingertip skin temperature and sensory experience has been observed in a clinical study where participants inhaled sweet basil. (This could be important several issues including Raynaud’s disease.)