Origin: India

Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum (basil) oil

Extraction method:  Steam distillation

The sweet and herbaceous scent of Basil essential oil is a gift to melancholic spirits and fatigued minds.  


It originated in India and is considered a holy herb sacred to Krishna and Vishnu. It became the protective herb of the house and spirit of the family.

Basil leaves are smooth, glossy and are an oval-shape that cup slightly. It gives off a strong, sweet smell and is a familiar herb used in recipes but its uses can extend far beyond the kitchen. A bunch of freshly chopped basil leaves adds a real lift to salads and pasta dishes, and we can think of Basil essential oil the same way when it comes to its medicinal purposes.

Where is Basil Essential Oil from?

Traditionally, the farming is done in India on family lands which can range from very small to medium farms. The seeds are planted in the last week of June to the third week in July with the harvest period from the end of August to mid-September.

How is Basil made?

After harvesting, the Basil leaves are steam distilled for the extraction of the oil from the leaves. Steam distillation separates and purifies the natural aromatic compounds.

What are the benefits of Basil Essential Oil?

This warming essential oil clarifies thoughts during times of indecision and supports us when too much stress has caused mental and spiritual exhaustion.


As well as being beneficial for the mind it can be beneficial for the body by helping with menstruation concerns such as light or heavy menstruation, reducing period pains, intestinal spasms and help reduce nausea.


With its antiseptic and expectorant properties it is a great one to reach for when experiencing respiratory concerns or for DIY cleaning recipes.

How to use Basil Essential Oil

• Diffuser: Diffuser:Add 3-4 drops of your chosen essential oil to a diffuser.


• Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break.


• Bath: Add up to 5 drops in a dispersant such as oil, to the bath to create a relaxing atmosphere while nourishing your skin.


• Massage: Use a 2.5% dilution; up to 15 drops in 30ml carrier oil.


• Hand or foot bath: Add 2 drops to a bowl of water.


• Compress: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water. For treating inflammation or to cool down use cold to room temperature water. For aching tight muscles use warm to hot water. Agitate a face washer in the water, wring out excess moisture and apply washer to the affected area. Repeat two or three times as the compress cools down or warms up.


• Steam Treatment: Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place your face close to the bowl and cover the back of your head and bowl with a towel to trap the aromatic vapours. Caution due to risk of burns or scalding and keep eyes covered during treatment.

Considerations: Basil is quite a powerful essential oil in action and aroma intensity. A small number of drops should be sufficient.

"I struggle with headaches...from sinus and too little sleep mainly. I usually pop a panadol or nurofen but am trying so hard to rid my body and house of chemicals. I tried the basil oil with some peppermint in a roll on on my temples...it dulled the pain within minutes. A second application and the pain was gone. Very pleased with my decision to purchase. Thank you Eco Modern."

Janice. Australia

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Author: Georgia Doherty
Marketing Assistant

Georgia is the Marketing Assistant at ECO. Modern Essentials. Georgia oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations, is a leader for ECO.'s content creation + DIY recipes and manages ECO.'s affiliate program. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist with extensive Dermal Therapy qualifications, a Diploma in Training Design & Development with a Aromatherapy Practitioner Certificate. Georgia is passionate about leading a happy & healthy life and helping educate those around her.


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