Holy Basil (Tulsi) Essential Oil
Holy Basil is used for aromatic, medicinal and spiritual purposes and is very popular in India.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Other Common Names: Tulsi, Tulasi, and Thulasi
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves/Flowers
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Holy Basil is a type of Basil in addition to Lemon Basil.
- Chemistry: Holy Basil is comprised of sesquiterpenes (β-caryophyllene, α-humulene) and phenylpropanoids (geraniol, eugenol)
- Immune System: supports the immune system
- Musculoskeletal: soothes pain, inflammation, and tension
- Nervous System: uplifting for feelings of anxiety and depression
- Spiritual: helps to balance the chakras and restore emotional balance
- Scent Profile: Top note with a warm, spicy, and sweet aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Holy Basil can last up to 100 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Citronella, Clary Sage, Geranium, Honey, Kaffir Lime, Key Lime, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, White Sage, Wintergreen
- According to Tisserand & Young: Holy Basil may contain methyleugenol, inhibit blood clotting, have a moderate risk of skin sensitization and a low risk of mucous membrane irritation.
- Oral precautions: may interact with pethidine, MAOI's or SSRIs (anti-depressants), anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, and other bleeding disorders.
- 1% Maximum dermal limit and 0.07% according to IFRA
Products Using Holy Basil Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.