Basil Hydrosol is not easy to find, however with more Artisan distillers entering the market, more opportunities to acquire this hydrosol are becoming available. I would recommend that if you want to use this hydrosol source out a reputable essential oil supplier, or consider distilling a small amount yourself.
Plant Description: Basil is a tender annual herb growing up to 60 cm high, with dark green, ovate leaves and bears whorls of two-lipped, greenish or pinky-white flowers. The whole plant has a powerful aroma.
History/Folklore: The name Basil is thought to be derived from the Greek “Basilokos” and the Latin “Basileum” Both meaning royal. In India Basil is considered to be sacred to the deities Krishna and Vishnu. Hindus used to place springs of basil on the chests of deceased loved ones. They believed it would protect them from evil and provide safe passage into the next life.
Aroma and Taste: Suzanne Catty describes Basil ct. methyl chavicol as having a strongly licorice aroma. She says Basil ct. linalool has a greener aroma, although it is very hard to find in a hydrosol.
Stability and Shelf Life: Quite stable, at least 2 years.
pH: 4.5 – 4.7
Susanne Catty says that this hydrosol can be very difficult to find, however it can be an extremely effective digestive aid. It stimulates peristalsis and reduces spasm in the gastrointestinal tract. She says that she had had very good initial results for both colitis and Crohn’s disease. Basil is a fast acting carminative and can be helpful for the relief of gas and bloating. It can be balancing to the autonomic nervous system, bringing a sense of calm, and reducing physical tension in the body, including headaches, and calming spasms or tension in the diaphragm and digestive tract.
Jeanne Rose says that this hydrosol can stimulate hair loss. On a mental level she recommends using it to calm.
Len and Shirley Price say that this hydrosol has calming, carminative, digestive and stimulating properties. (Viaud 1983: Price & Price 1999).
Stillpointaromatics.com lists this hydrosol as having a green aroma and an anise-like taste. They have it on offer for sale from an Artisan crafter distilled in the USA.
In Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Basil is often considered for those who are victims of abusive parents and abusive husbands. Basil also has a theme of protection against evil. We could certainly consider using Basil Hydrosol in a spritzer in areas where we might feel the need to protect ourselvers from others or outside influences.
Reference Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils ©1998-2018 Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, 2001 Ernst Guenther, The Essential Oil, Vol V, 1948 reprinted 1972 Ann Harman, Harvest to Hydrosol, IAG Botanics LLC dba botanicals, 2015 Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018 Len and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats Churchill Livingstone, 2004 Jeanne Rose, 374 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Frog Ltd, 1999 Stillpointaromatics.