Organic Basil Essential Oil, Holy, Fair Trade
- Fair Trade Certified Organic Holy Basil Essential Oil is the type of basil typically used in Asian countries. In India it is found in the center of every home as a revered houseplant that is used daily for both spiritual and medicinal purposes.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin India Plant Part Blossom and Plant Scientific Name Ocimum sanctum Application Method Diffusion, Inhalation
All varieties of basil are helpful for producing mental clarity, focus and alertness. The potent therapeutic plant is antiseptic, pain-relieving, fever-reducing and spasm-suppressing, all of which make Basil Essential Oil ideal for helping with cold and respiratory problems. Basil can also be used to calm frazzled nerves and uplift the emotions.
The sweet, warm scent of Holy Basil offers stress and anxiety reducing effects in addition to all the other benefits of the basil species. Holy Basil is also said to increase faith and compassion, qualities that are important to the millions of spiritual seekers who consider it a treasured substance.
Here is how to use Holy Basil essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1-2% (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). Whole body massage is not recommended. See precautions below.
- Migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression and other nervous disorders: Diffusion.
- Lack of energy, laziness, mental fatigue, physical fatigue, low self-esteem: Diffusion.
- Colds and all respiratory conditions: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser.
- Jet lag: Diffusion, in the morning.
- Low blood pressure: Diffusion.
Due to its unique chemical composition, Holy Basil is more irritating than other types of basil and therefore is not recommended for use on the skin. Holy Basil is also moderately toxic. Avoid using it during pregnancy.
In Sanskrit, the name of Holy Basil is Tulsi, meaning incomparable. For those of Hindu faith, Holy Basil, or Tulsi, is considered to be an actual incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of health, wealth and love. Therefore the Goddess is worshipped in the form of Holy Basil in daily ceremonies. For thousands of years, prayer beads have been made out of the stalks and worn around the neck as a way of inviting an influence of purity to surround the wearer.
The relationship of Tulsi with Lord Vishnu, the consort of Lakshmi, is the subject of a cornucopia of elaborate Hindu legends. The five-day celebration of Tulsi Vivaha, which commemorates the mythical marriage of Tulsi and Vishnu, is observed in India each year to inaugurate the marriage season.
Holy Basil is an important ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines, particularly for relieving stress. It is considered a “rasayana,” an elite group of Ayurvedic herbs that have a powerful ability to enhance overall well-being.
About the Plant
Holy Basil is a variety of basil with a sweeter, warmer scent. The short, hairy plant has many branches with small, pointed leaves resembling mint and purplish blossoms that grow in vertical, rod-like strands.
Lamiaceae or Labiatae—Mint Family
Scent: Holy Basil has a scent similar to other varieties of Basil, but with a richer, spicier aroma, thanks to the eugenol content.
Blends With: Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Neroli, Rosemary.
Fragrance Note: Top
Composition: Camphene, eugenol, cineole.