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Basil Oil

Basil Oil

Ocimum basilicum


Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known for its use in cooking throughout the world.



Basil also provides great benefits due to its high linalool content. Cooling to the skin, Basil is an ideal essential oil for use in an uplifting aromatic massage. It is also known to help skin look clean, clear, and healthy when applied topically.



  • Diffuse as part of a study or work routine.
  • Apply to skin to help maintain a healthy-looking complexion.
  • Add to your favorite Italian dishes for a refreshing taste.

Directions For Use

Aromatic use: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Primary Benefits

  • May help keep skin looking clean, clear, and healthy
  • Provides a calm, relaxed aroma
  • Supports nervous system health when consumed internally*

Aromatic Description

Warm, spicy, herbal

Collection Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Linalool, 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol), bergamotene

Basil is a kitchen herb popular in cuisine around the world. doTERRA Basil essential oil has a fresh, pungent, herbal aroma that is sweeter than other varieties of basil. It can be used to reduce anxious feelings, increase focus while studying, and soothe the skin.

Usage Tips:

  • Diffuse to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading. 
  • Massage with Wintergreen and carrier oil on the back of neck for a stress-relieving experience.
  • Add to your favorite Italian dishes for a refreshing taste.
  • Diffuse for a feeling of relief at the end of your workday.
  • Blends with Lime, Bergamot and/or Peppermint for an invigorating aroma.
  • What Is Basil Used For?

    Basil leaves are popularly used in cooking around the world, and have a prominent place in South Asian, African, and Mediterranean food. Basil adds a fresh, herb flavor to meats, pasta, soups, and other entrées. However, in addition to the pleasing taste of basil, this plant offers many benefits to the mind and body. Basil essential oil is highly valued for its soothing effects and its ability to ease stress and tension.

    There are over 150 varieties of basil grown around the world, including purple basil, Thai basil, globe basil, lemon basil, and many more. doTERRA Basil essential oil is distilled from the fragrant leaves of the sweet basil plant (Ocimum basilicum). Sweet basil has a pleasing flavor and aroma highly valued in Italian cooking. doTERRA Basil is sourced in Egypt from plants grown during the winter months.

    Basil’s primary chemical constituent is linalool, which is also a key component of Lavender, Coriander, Petitgrain, and Cilantro. Experimental research has shown that linalool may promote relaxation and support several body systems.*

    What Is Basil Essential Oil Good For?

    Aromatically, Basil promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings. Diffuse Basil while studying or doing tasks that require mental clarity. For an invigorating aroma, try diffusing Basil with Lime, Bergamot, and Peppermint.

    When taken internally, Basil supports healthy immune function, blood flow, and gastrointestinal health.* To use Basil internally, take a drop in water or in a veggie cap to provide soothing support.* Basil essential oil can also be used to flavor salad dressings, meat marinades, sauces, and vegetable dishes.

    Basil is cooling to the skin and can be applied topically to ease feeling of neck tension. Blend Basil and Wintergreen with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply it on the back of your neck for a stress-relieving experience or apply it to your temples to reduce feelings of tension.

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