Ocimum Basilicum Exotic
Basil oil, derived from the Ocimum basilicum plant, is obtained through steam distillation of the herb’s leaves and flowering tops. It is known for its strong, sweet, and herbal aroma. Basil oil is composed of various chemical compounds, including methyl chavicol (estragole), linalool, eugenol, and methyl cinnamate.
Methyl chavicol is the major constituent of basil oil and contributes to its characteristic scent. Linalool provides a sweet floral note, while eugenol and methyl cinnamate contribute to the oil’s spicy undertones. These chemical components lend basil oil its therapeutic properties.
Basil oil is renowned for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It is often used to support the immune system and alleviate respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, and bronchitis. Its expectorant properties make it useful in clearing congestion and promoting easier breathing.
Apart from its respiratory benefits, basil oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. It can be utilized to relieve minor pains and aches, as well as reduce inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis and muscle strains. Basil oil also exhibits potential antioxidant activity, helping to protect against oxidative stress and free radicals.
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|Ocimum basilicum L
|The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from leaf/twig of Ocimum basilicum
|Pale yellow to amber yellow
|1.460 - 1.551 @20°C
|Fragrance and Flavour application.
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