Basil, Holy (Tulsi), Wildcrafted
Pure, Therapeutic Holy Basil essential oil, Wildcrafted, also known as Tulsi
Botanical name : Ocimum sanctum
Aroma: Warm, herbaceaous, balsamic
Note : Top Odor Intensity : 4
Key constituents : Linalool, Methyl chavichol, 1,8-Cineol, Eugenol (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 2 years or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation / leaves
Plant description : Botanical family : Laminaceae or Labiatae (mint) Holy Basil is an annual herb that grows to 24 inches in height. It produces large, fragrant, dark green leaves and soft white/purple flowers.
Regions of Production : India
Growing Practices : Plants indigenous to the region are harvested from the wild, where they grow away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Therapeutic Properties : Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, powerful antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, muscle relaxant, nervine, sudorific (Battaglia, 2003). Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Useful for digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, hiccoughs and upset stomach. Helps relieve migraines, dizziness and muscle tension. See Meniere's Disease in our Topics section. Stimulates menstruation. Beneficial in the treatment of throat/lung infections and sinus congestion. Helps relieve pain and itching of insect bites. Provides symptomatic relief of itchy skin and scalp.
Fragrant influences: Reduces mental fatigue, sharpens the senses, improves concentration, the ability to focus and decision making.
Precautions : Nontoxic, non-sensitizing. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid if epileptic. May irritate sensitive skin.
Blends well with : Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Mandarin, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tangerine, Tea Tree
History / Fun Facts : The name Basil comes from the Greek basileum, meaning "king". In the 19th century, Italian women wore sprigs of basil to attract suitors. Both Sweet Basil and Holy Basil have long been used as favorite culinary herbs. The Basil essential oils can also be used in cooking and baking.
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