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Botanical Name of Raw Material: Oscimum basilicum
Basil is a culinary herb from the family of Lamiaceae (mints). Basil essential oil is obtained from the overground parts of Oscimum basilicum by steam distillation. It is pale yellow to brownish yellow in colour and has a naturally sweet, herbaceous and balsamic odour with a tinge of camphor. It is the main source for methyl chavicol. The major components of Basil oil are methyl chavicol, linalool and other terpenes. The product is majorly used in flavouring ingredients for confectionery, baked food, condimentary, sausages etc. The oil is also used to impart flavour to certain dental and oral products.
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Steam distillation is the technical process applied to recover the heat sensitive compounds from spices. Spice oils are unstable and heat sensitive compounds are present in the spice.
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How is Basil essential oil obtained?
Basil essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of over grown parts of Oscimum basilicum.
What is the flavour, colour and aroma of Basil essential oil?
Basil oil is pale yellow to brownish yellow in colour and has a naturally sweet, herbaceous and balsamic odour with a tinge of camphor.
What are the uses of Basil oil?
Basil essential oil is majorly used in flavouring ingredients for confectionery, baked food, condiments, sausages, fragrance applications and pharma & nutraceuticals segment.
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