Holy Basil Essential Oil
Holy 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 Eugenol, a chemical constituent that gives Clove Oil its characteristic aroma.
The warm, sweet aroma of Holy Basil Essential 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 the use of Holy Basil Essential Oil in inhaler and diffuser blends intended to enhance focus while easing anxiety and stress.
Holy Basil Oil is an oil that I recommend using sparingly (1% dermal max per Tisserand/Young) or avoiding for topical use as it could possibly cause dermal irritation or sensitivity.
Ocimum sanctum / Ocimum gratissimum / Ociumum tenuiflorum
Common Method of Extraction
Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong, warming and spicy.
Holy Basil Essential Oil Uses
Limited information exists on the documented use and safety of Holy Basil Essential Oil.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 200-201. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 204.]
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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