Did you know
In Tudor England it was customary to present little pots of basil as a compliment to someone special?
According to Vivian A. Rich in Cursing the Basil and other Folklore of the Garden, the language of flowers provided for all contingencies in a relationship including lovers’ quarrels. When the quarrel became truly bitter and hostile, basil could be sent to declare hatred.
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Latin Binomial: Ocimum basilicum L ct. linalool
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Essential Oil: Aniseed with a minty note.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part Used: The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plants.
Yield: Approximately 0.08%
Aroma: Fresh, slightly spicy.
Odour intensity: High
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: bergamot, clary sage, lime, citronella, geranium, hyssop and other green notes.
Perfume Key Qualities: Restorative, tonic, antidepressant, refreshing, uplifting, fortifying, purifying, clearing, warming, stupefying (in excess).
Cautions: There are other chemotypes which have stronger cautions so be clear you know which chemotype you have. Use in low concentrations and avoid on sensitive skins. Do not use in pregnancy.
Basil has antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, uplifting, tonic and stimulating properties.
Basil lifts the mind and clears mental fatigue. Helpful in enhancing creative awareness.
- TCM Meridian: Liver, Stomach and Kidney.
- Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Vata, lowers Kapha. If used in excess it can increase Pitta.
- Animal Connection:
- Color: Yellow-green for leaves and purple/white for flowers.
- Numerology: Basil 6; Sweet Basil 5; Ocimum basilicum
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