African Blue Basil Essential Oil (10%)
100% Pure African Blue Basil essential oil (Ocimum, kilimandscharicum x basilicum “Dark Opal”), diluted in organic unrefined (golden) Jojoba oil. 10% dilution means its ready for topical use. The aroma of this oil is beautiful and complex; sweet and spicy basil notes with strong, earthy camphor and hints of lavender. This Jojoba blend makes a wonderful fragrance or massage oil with the aromatherapy benefits of being sinus-clearing, anti-bacterial and energizing.*
African Blue Basil is an accidental hybrid between “Dark Opal” Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum, var “Dark Opal”) and Africa’s Camphor Basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum). It combines the traditional basil aromas of sweet green herb, spice and a little anise, with the vibrant and earthy camphor and floral notes of its African parent. Although it can only survive winters in warmer climates, it is a perennial herb that produces beautiful new lavender-colored flowers throughout the growing season. Pollinators love it!
We grow African Blue Basil as an annual using organic practices and spring water on our Forest Farm. This batch was harvested in the full moon in early Fall, 2017 (the night of our first freeze) and steam-distilled the next morning. The batch was aged four months before it reached its true-to-plant aroma. After 10% dilution, each 5ml bottle contains the essential oil from 0.75 pounds of fresh herbs.
Basil oil is considered to be anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, a diuretic and stimulating to the nervous and adrenal systems, while African Camphor Basil (this hybrid’s other parent) is often used in herb form for respiratory ailments.*
To our knowledge, this is the only African Blue Basil essential oil available on the market. This is a unique hybrid species that, until now, has been a largely ornamental plant. The floral notes and camphor content reduce this herb’s culinary appeal but they’re great for aromatherapy use. As the world’s first African Blue Basil essential oil users, you, our customers, have the unique opportunity to help us introduce a new beautiful essential oil to the larger market! We welcome and encourage your feedback!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Further, this product is not intended for consumption.
5ml Bottle ($20), 10ml Bottle ($38)