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Basil Oil Linalool Egypt Ocimum basilicum L

  • Description

    Basil Oil Linalool (or Sweet Basil) is distilled from the botanical Ocimum basilicum L. The plant is typically grown and harvested for its leaves which are popular around the world in many food dishes.

    Seeds are planted late March and early April with cutting starting as early as June. Distillation occurs later in summer with oil readily available around September / October.

    There are a number of chemotypes available in this family but Sweet Basil has the higher percentage of linalool and is considered the safest to be used in aromatherapy where it has many traditional and therapeutic benefits. The linalool can be extracted for use as a natural isolate in perfumery.

    Traditionally it has been used to treat a variety of ailments such as anxiety, nausea, muscle aches, insect bites and flu symptoms. Powdered basil leaves were also inhaled to combat chest infections. Today it is considered good to as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive and expectorant.

    Sweet Basil has a sweet, spicy and green top note with light woody middle notes and is commonly cultivated in Egypt, India and Nepal.

     

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum L
    • Origin: Egypt
    • Crop Season: June - September
    • Plant/part used: Leaves and flowering tops
    • Method of extraction: Steam distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8015-73-4
    • EINECS CAS: 84775-71-3
    • EINECS: 283-900-8
    • INCI Name: Ociumum basilicum leaf oil
    • Appearance: Pale yellow to yellow amber
    • Organoleptic Properties: Basil, spicy, herbaceous, aniseed
    • Density: 0.880 to 0.911
    • Refractive index: 1.470 to 1.490
    • Optical rotation: -12° to -2°
    • Chemical constituents: Linalool, methyl chavicol, eugenol, 1-8 cineol
  • Latest Market Information March 28, 2018

    Last year’s harvest started in early August and finished in October. During 2016, there was a deficit in supply in the market. As a result, prices rose dramatically in early 2017. The high prices are due to farmers’ unrealistic price expectations for their oils. For this oil there appears good availability in the market but a high price range.

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