Basil Basil (Egypt)

Location:
Egypt

2021 Sourcing Impact

People empowered with sourcing jobs:

1,029

Lives supported by sourcing jobs:

4,219

Basil

Basil Ocimum basilicum

The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness, or to add a little extra flavor while cooking.

Why Egypt?

Basil can grow wild in tropical and subtropical regions, with over 150 varieties flourishing worldwide. Our Basil essential oil is distilled from the sweet basil plant (Ocimum basilicum), which is cultivated by small-scale farmers in the fertile soils along the Nile River.

People Empowered

Through this farming network, thousands of people have diversified their crops by adding this lucrative plant. Our sourcing partner has also established a specialist-led academic enrichment program, which offers classroom instruction and extracurricular activities for 400 children in the sourcing area.

The Harvesting Process

Basil is a perennial plant and part of the mint family. The plant grows between one to four feet high. Basil leaves branch from a single stem that also produces clusters of white flowers at its tip. The leaves, which are steam-distilled to produce the essential oil, grow up to four inches long. It takes about six and a half pounds of basil leaves to produce a 15 mL bottle of Basil essential oil.

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