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Holy Basil Essential Oil

Holy Basil Essential Oil ProfileHoly Basil Essential Oil is sometimes known as Tulsi Essential Oil. Used extensively in India and within Ayurvedic practices, Holy Basil is grown and distilled for aromatic, medicinal and spiritual purposes.

Aromatically, Holy Basil Essential Oil resembles a cross between traditional Basil Oil and Clove Oil. Holy Basil contains a large percentage (up to 85%) of Eugenole, a chemical constituent that gives Clove Oil its characteristic aroma.

The warm, sweet aroma of Holy Basil Oil lends well for creating energizing/stimulating diffuser and room mist blends. It is especially nice to work with when creating blends for men.

I see great potential for Holy Basil Oil's use in blends intended to enhance focus while easing anxiety and stress.

Holy Basil Oil is an oil that I recommend avoiding for topical use as it could possibly cause dermal irritation or sensitivity.

Holy Basil Oil
Holy Basil Oil
    

Botanical Name: Ocimum sanctum / Ocimum gratissimum / Ociumum tenuiflorum

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

Aromatic Description: Strong, warming and spicy.

Holy Basil Uses: Limited information exists on the documented use and safety of Holy Basil Essential Oil.

Major Constituents: Eugenol, 1,8-Cineole, Estragole, B-Bisabolene, (Z)-a-Bisabolene. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 204.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young suggest a dermal maximum of 1% based on Holy Basil Oil with up to 50.4% Eugenol content. They indicate that Holy Basil Oil may inhibit blood clotting. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 204.]

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General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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