Type of plant: Bushy annual herb growing up to 2 feet high, with white, pink, or purple flowers
Part used: Leaves and flowering tops
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: The oil called Ocimum basilicum chemotype (ct.) linalool has similar therapeutic properties to basil, Ocimum basilicum. There are at least 35 different species of basil grown around the world, and many cultures have attributed spiritual as well as healing properties to it. Basil linalol is a species of basil grown for its linalol content.
Principal places of production: Egypt, Nepal, Italy, France
When buying look for: Colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a soft, warm, peppery aroma
Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, nervine, restorative, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Muscular spasm and contraction, rheumatism, respiratory conditions, menstrual cramp, menstrual problems, headache, migraines, intestinal cramp, nausea, cystitis, mental and physical fatigue, stress, tension
Blends well with: Bay (West Indian), bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile roman, cistus, clary sage, coriander seed, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, geranium, grapefruit, immortelle, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, manuka, marjoram (sweet), mastic, niaouli, orange (sweet), oregano, palmarosa, peppermint, petitgrain, plai, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, thyme linalol, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: Best avoided during pregnancy.