The French (European) Basil is also known as Sweet Basil which has a higher percentage of linalool and is safe to use in aromatherapy. This aromatic plant is steam distilled using the flowering tops and leaves. It has a wide range of culinary uses and is used in perfumes.

Basil has stimulating, reviving and strengthening qualities helping the mind to focus and can also help with nervous disorders. (Good Study Aid-Nerve Tonic)
Basil can also be beneficial in digestive and menstual pain disorders and on the respiratory system to relief congestion.

Ocimum baslilicum
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Source: France
Precautions: Avoid if pregnant, can be a skin irritant, avoid in the sun and not suitable for children.
Method of use: Top
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Pine, Thyme
Traditionally used: Insect bites, muscular aches, colds.