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Basil Holy (Tulsi)

Holy Basil (Tulsi) essential oil has a beautiful fresh-dusky green scent with complex sweet and spicy layers.

This oil helps stimulate blood circulation which can add to the oxygenation of the blood and organ systems, while increasing the metabolism and the purification of blood.

It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity.

Tulsi is used in Chinese medicine for treating digestive system disorders, such as stomach aches, diarrhoea, kidney complaints, and infections. This essential oil makes a wonderful general tonic when used in low dose e.g. through diffusion.


Botanical Name: Ocimum sanctum

Part Used: Leaf

Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

Class: Multi

Country of Origin: India

Typical Main Constituents
Eugenol – 40%
beta-Caryophyllene – 31%
beta-Elemene – 12%


Description: Colourless – Pale yellow essential oil, it has a beautiful fresh-dusky green scent with complex sweet and spicy layers.

Actions: Anaesthetic/Analgesic, Antiarthritic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimutagenic, Antimicrobial Antifungal,  Antifertility, Antispasmodic, Anti-Depressant,  Antiseptic, Cephalic, Digestive Tonic, Carminative, Adrenal Stimulant, Nervine, Prophylactic, Diaphoretic, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Emmenogague, Antimalarial, Antidiabetic, Antihyperlipidemic-(reduce fat/lipids in blood), Antioxidant, and Hypoglycemic (lowers blood sugar)

Special use: Holy Basil/Tulsi may provide cardioprotection because of its antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, antioxidant, and hypoglycemic. Holy Basil is an excellent, perhaps the best, aromatic nerve tonic. It clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue, and gives the mind strength and clarity. Resembles Peppermint but hotter. Hot/Cold quality. Excellent for period pain. Tulsi has been traditionally used to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Clary sage, Geranium, Lime, Grapefruit, Citronella, Hyssop, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Yarrow, Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint.

Safety Data:  Can be irritating to sensitive skin, Avoid in pregnancy and when trying to conceive. Use in extremely low dose with children and the very sick. Used in low doses it is a tonic with a stimulating effect – however when used in excess it has the opposite effect. Not to be used in high doses.


Aromatherapy / Home Use

Muscle & Skeletal System: Gout, Muscular Aches & Pains, Rheumatism. Eugenol (1-hydroxy-2-methoxy-4-allylbenzene) is an important constituent in this oil as it  is believed to be responsible for its multitude of therapeutic properties, including it’s strong anti-arthritic effects. Eugenol, helps stimulate blood circulation – Increased circulation adds to the oxygenation of the  blood and organ systems, which increases metabolism and purification of the blood.

Nervous System: Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Insomnia, Migraine, Nervous tension, Memory and focus. Good Anaesthetic.

Digestive:  Flatulence, Nausea, Nervous conditions of the stomach.

Respiratory:  Coughs, Sinusitis, and Emphysema – Inhalant.

Immune: Colds, Coughs, Bronchitis, Fever, Flu, Infectious diseases.

Genito-urinary System: Cramps, Scanty periods, Purification of blood.

Skin Care: Can be used for insect bites (mosquito & wasp), insect repellent, irritable skin, shingles, and prickly heat rash, as well as to reduce scars. Combats Staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause acne breakouts, pimples, boils, skin sores, rashes, blisters, impetigo, and Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. The high levels of eugenol within this oil has rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to the skin and make it look radiant. You will find it in many products for lessening the effects of aging, e.g. wrinkles, sagging skin, and blemishes. May be used in low dose in a face wash or in a natural moisturiser.


General Essential Oil Safety Recommendations

  • Do not take essential oils internally unless under advisement by a qualified medical professional.
  • Do not use essential oils undiluted on the skin. It is always best to try a small patch test first of the diluted essential oil.
  • People who are pregnant or have serious medical problems are advised to consult with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils.
  • Use extreme caution when using essential oils with children. It is safest to consult with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children.


General Disclaimer
The product information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only. The information provided is not considered to be complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The information contained in this website is not intended to be sufficient to provide diagnosis and/or treatment of medical conditions. It is recommended that treatment of serious health conditions be done with the help of a trained qualified medical practitioner.


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