Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool – Plant Family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae


Basil linalool

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 linalool is a species of basil grown for its linalool 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.


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