Data: The plant is cut when flowering and distilled immediately, as it loses aroma when dried. Basil is a sacred plant in many countries, including India. In the Mediterranean area it’s grown around the house to confer protection and keep away flies. In Greece, a pot of basil is often found outside houses and shops. There are several types of basil; please see below.
Principal places of production: Vietnam, India, United States, Réunion (France), Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, France, South Africa, Egypt
When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a warm, slightly peppery, aniseed-like aroma
Precautionary advice: May cause irritation on highly sensitive skins; a skin patch test is advisable. Avoid use in baths and showers. Always dilute before use. Avoid during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.
Dianthus caryophyllus (Plant Family: Caryophyllaceae) Carnation essential oil Carnation, also called grenadine or clove pink, herbaceous plant of the pink, or carnation, family (Caryophyllaceae), native...