Sweet Basil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. There are many chemotypes of this oil but the sweet Basil has a higher percentage of linalool, which is regarded as safe to use in aromatherapy. Sweet basil is enlivening, comforting and helpful for clarity and strength of mind as well as body systems. Sweet Basil Essential Oil is a good tonic for the treatment of depression and stress related headaches. It is used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue, while giving clarity and mental strength. Essential oils are the highly concentrated active ingredients of plants. They should always be diluted in a base before use and should not be taken internally without professional recommendation.