Essential oils at a glance


Indian Basil – image

“Good for mental fatigue, burn-out,
    and aids concentration, clarity, enthusiasm”

Latin name: Ocimum basilicum

Description of plant: A half-hardy or tender herb with highly aromatic leaves. Native to tropical Asia and the Middle East, but cultivated throughout Europe

Nature of oil: Colourless or pale yellow liquid with a light, fresh sweet-spicy aroma. Its odour effect is first enlivening, then warming and comforting; uplifting

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the flowering tops and leaves

Blends well with: Bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, neroli

Specific precautions required: Avoid during pregnancy. Irritant to the skin in high concentration

Stress-relieving properties include: Good for mental fatigue, burn-out, doubts; aids concentration, clarity, enthusiasm

Medical properties include: Muscular aches and pains, respiratory disorders, scanty menstruation, colds and influenza, mental fatigue, anxiety, depression


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

The essential oils info provided above is for general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, legal, or other professional advice. (CUS Busting Ltd) does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in the above article.

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Last updated: 01 January 2016

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