Basil (ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil (sometimes referred to as sweet basil) is stimulating to the mind and is primarily used for respiratory, muscular, and joint support. The scent is herbaceous sweet and pungent. When using this oil it can be tricky to get the proportions right because it’s so strong. Sometimes a drop is all you’ll need.
What makes the oil so much more powerful than the leaves is the potency because the compounds found in the oil of the steam distilled leaves, stems, and flowers are much greater than in dried or fresh leaves.