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Guide to Holy Basil Essential Oil

Holy Basil also called tulsi or tulasi is a bushy plant that thrives best in warm climates and is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is highly revered in Indian culture for its spiritual and medicinal properties. It offers several health benefits which is why it is called the “ Queen of Herbs”. Holy basil essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the tulsi plant. It has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, for which it is proudly called the 'elixir of life'.

Scientific Name/Botanical name: Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Also known as: Tulsi, Tulasi, Thulasi
Aroma: Fresh and Minty
Color: Clear to pale yellow or green

Benefits

Anti-inflammatory
It is said to alleviate pain due to inflammation, muscular Spasms and Cramps
Antimicrobial
It is said to relieve symptoms of fever and respiratory congestion and boost the immune system.
Stress relief
Effective in reducing feelings of fatigue, headache, stress, anxiety and depression
Improves Cognitive function
Studies show that inhaling the holy basil oil improves focus, attention and memory

Ways to use

Aromatherapy

During meditation or yoga, diffuse the holy basil essential oil to induce positivity around you.

Step 1:
Fill diffuser with water
Step 2:
Add a few drops of holy basil essential oil according to the diffuser capacity ( 3 to 5 drops of essential oil for every 100 ml of water )
Step 3:
Turn on the diffuser and unwind

Topical use

For healthy skin

Step 1:
Add a few drops of holy basil oil to a carrier oil or moisturizer ( 1 drop of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil or cream )
Step 2:
Apply to the mixture to skin

Inhalation

This method is helpful to promote mental focus, alleviate respiratory congestion, or simply enjoy the invigorating scent of the oil.

Option 1:
Inhale the aroma of the essential oil directly from the bottle.
Option 2:
Add a few drops to a tissue or handkerchief and inhale deeply.

Safety

  • Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and sensitive areas.
  • Never apply essential oils to the skin or scalp directly. It is highly recommended to dilute the oil using a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
  • Do a patch test before topical use to make sure there are no allergic reactions to any essential oil.
  • If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication; consult a physician before use.