About Holy Basil Holy Essential Oil
Holy Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum sanctum) is also known as Tulsi Essential Oil. We find the aroma fresh and sweet, with spicy notes that blend well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lime and Geranium essential oils. We prefer to use Holy Basil Essential Oil for inhalation since recommended maximum dermal concentrations are low (see below). Although it has been described by some as having calming effects, we have found that too much can be over-stimulating and it is best used sparingly and infrequently, either alone or as a component in a blend with other essential oils.
Note: All information on this page, above and below, is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for any actions or effects of our product “Holy Basil Essential Oil”. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s experiences. No information provided here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below in order to insure that your experiences with this product are good ones.
Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a member of the Lamiaceae family (the same plant family to which the mints belong) and is native to India. The strongly scented leaves can be green or purple, while the stems and flowers are purple. The green-leafed variety is known in India as Sri or Rama Tulsi, while the purple-leafed type is called Krishna Tulsi. A third type of Tulsi is also used in India; it comes from the related plant Ocimum gratissimum, which is commonly referred to as Vana Tulsi. Vana Tulsi is considered by some to be the most sacred but all three plants have similar herbal properties. Tusli grows well here in the slightly acidic soil of our mountain garden and is a beautiful plant that attracts many happy bees.
How to Use Holy Basil Essential Oil with Adults
As noted above, we advise using Holy Basil Essential Oil for inhalation only, since the recommended concentration for use on the skin is quite low.
Since Tulsi Essential Oil may contain small amounts of methyeugenol, a natural constituent of the oil that has been found to be a potential carcinogen, we recommend using it sparingly (in very small amounts) and infrequently. See other safety considerations below.
The use of essential oils with children under 16 years of age is a specialized topic; please consult an aromatherapy reference book or, better yet, a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
Uses of Holy Basil Herb & Holy Basil Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
Unless otherwise noted, the discussion that follows pertains to herbal preparations of Holy Basil and not to the essential oil.
This information is provided for educational interest only and is not intended either as claims for the product “Holy Basil Essential Oil” or as guidelines for use of that product. The fact that an herb has been used for specific purposes in traditional practices does not constitute “proof” of that herbs actions or safety.
Holy Basil herb, not the essential oil, is highly revered in Ayurvedic Medicine as both a powerful healing agent and a sacred herb and it has long been grown and used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. In fact, Holy Basil herb is considered in Ayurvedic medicine to be a panacea for almost every ailment.
The essential oil of Holy Basil has been used in modern aromatherapy, although not as widely as some other essential oils, due to concerns about possible carcinogenic effects of its constituent, methyleugenol, as well as concern for skin sensitizationn. The uses of this oil have generally been said by aromatherapists to be similar to those of Basil linalool (Ocimum basilicom CT Linalool).
- Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Earth
- Secondary Element: Water
- Chakra: 7th
Follow General Safety Considerations as indicated below. In addition, be aware that Holy Basil may contain methyleugenol (a potential carcinogen); it may also inhibit blood clotting; and, it poses a moderate risk of skin sensitization. Further, oral use (NOT recommended) may create interactions with drugs/medications and pose risks for those undergoing surgery or who have blood disorders or peptic ulcers.
The European Union has recommended a maximum concentration for dermal use of 0.07%; IFRA recommends a dermal maximum concentration of 0.05% while Tisserand and Young’s recommended maximum concentration for dermal use is 1%. Because of contradictory recommendations regarding maximum concentrations for dermal use, we recommend using Holy Basil essential oil for inhalation only and even then in very small amounts, infrequently, as one minor component in a blend of other essential oils.