Basil Essential Oil
Ocimum basilicum L.
Africa, Asia and America
Basil herb contains two rodent carcinogens-estragole and methyleugenol. Pesto is a particularly concentrated form of basil, yet the WHO has determined that the amounts of the two carcinogens in basil/pesto are so small that they present no risk to humans. Since that ruling, research has been published demonstrating that basil herb contains anticarcinogenic substances that counter the potential toxicity of the two carcinogens, and is itself anticarcinogenic. Basil contains valuable monoterpene and sesquiterpene compounds used for medical purposes.
Basil essential oils, including basil sweet linalool (BSL) and basil methyl chavicol (BMC), were screened for antimicrobial activity against a range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeasts and moulds using an agar well diffusion method. Both essential oils showed antimicrobial activity against most of the micro-organisms examined except Clostridium sporogenes, Flavimonas oryzihabitans, and three species of Pseudomonas.
Content of Essential Oil:
0.1% – 0.45% essential oil
Methyl chavicol (up to 55%), Linalool (up to 70%), Methyl chavicol (chemotype)
Basil has been used as a food ingredient for flavoring, in cosmetics, and in traditional medicine for treating coughs, inflammations, and pains. Basil leaves are the major ingredients in traditional medicinal drugs with significant health benefiting phytonutrients.
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*The concentrated extracts of APOTEC BAY are raw materials for product formulation. Accordingly, they are not intended for any direct consumption in food and beverage and/or for undiluted topical application in cosmetics, perfumery, and aromatherapy.
*Keep away from children.
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 M.L. Chávez-González, et. al, Essential Oils: A Natural Alternative to Combat Antibiotics Resistance, Antibiotic Resistance, 2016, pp. 227-237.