Holy Basil essential oil

Aadrea Holy Basil (tulsi) essential oil (sometimes called “sweet basil oil” or the Queen of Oils) is extracted from the leaves and branchlets of Ocimum basilicum L. (or Ocimum sanctum ) of the Lamiaceae or mint plant family, through the process of steam distillation. 

Tulsi plant was a symbol of purity and used for a range of physical, mental and spiritual purposes, and over years became referred to as “sacred” or “holy” basil to many faiths and religions. In Ayurvedic treatments, particulalry, Holy Basil essential oil is one of the more regulalry used oils across all doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha.

The essential oil is pale yellow to yellowish in colour, with a warm, sweet odour. The active component(s) in a typical oil sample are eugenol (65 – 73%), β-elemene (11 %), β-caryophyllene (7 – 8%) and Germacrene D (2.4%) and others.

How to Use:

Aromatherapy: Holy Basil essential oil can be used to help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. This can be done both through topical applications, such as a roller perfume or solid perfume, or through a diffuser blend. Diffuse using 4-5 drops per 100 mL of water or use in a personal inhaler. You could also apply the oil, topically, along your spine, bottoms of the feet, and pulse points.

Flavorant: You may use limited portions of the oil to flavour cuisines in soups and salads, curries, poultry, and seafood, as well as beverages like green tea or mocktails. A single drop is in most cases sufficient for a food-meal preparation, or a toothpick dip for the case of beverages per cup. All or some of the internal benefits already outlined above can be achieved when the oil is used as a flavorant.

Facial: Place some 5-10 drops of Tulsi in a bowl of hot water; place a towel over your head and lean your face over the steam, to obtain both the benefits of steam on your facial skin as well as from the oil. The oil can be used neat or in blends with other citrus and floral oils (lavender, frankincense, and others).

Body Odour /Skin care: Manage body odour with Holy Basil essential oil. You may add 2-3 drops to your skincare products like massage oils, face oil or face cream, hair oils etc. and massage the blend into your skin for better  results.

Massage and Spa therapy: Holy Basil essential oil is beneficial for relieving stress, anxiety and improving concentration; it’s the perfect ingredient for Ayurveda massages. Dilute several drops in almond or grapeseed oil. To enhance relaxation, lavender and eucalyptus oil can be blended with Holy Basil oil.

Mouth wash and deodorising: Add 2-3 drops to a cup of warm water, mix thoroughly, and swish in your mouth for at least 30 seconds or so. It is useful for oral hygiene as well as deodorising the mouth cavity. Like other mouthwashes, Holy Basil essential oil should not be swallowed.

Indications (benefits from use of product):

Holy Basil essential oil has good antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties. The oil is viable for use in deodorisers, antiseptics, and disinfectants. It is also beneficial for relieving muscular spasms, respiratory conditions, cramps, menstrual issues, headache, mental and physical fatigue.

Holy basil essential oil may 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. The essential oil is beneficial for normalizing blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti‑depressant properties. It is beneficial for use as a hand sanitizer, mouthwash and water purifier as well as in animal rearing, wound healing, and preservation of food stuffs.

Side effects and management in event of misuse/ingestion:

Wilful misuse of Holy Basil essential oil can take the form of oral ingestion or use of undiluted concentrate in excess proportions. Like other mouthwashes, Holy Basil essential oil should not be swallowed. In any instance, decontamination will be necessary, and in the case of oral ingestion and allergic reaction, seek the help of a trained medical practitioner. In the case of skin reactions, consult a dermatologist.

Additional information:

Aadrea Holy Basil essential oil is packaged in durable aluminum cans or labelled amber bottles with a dropper. Alternative packaging and seals will be specified as they become available.

Essential oils are volatile and lose their potency when exposed for long periods to oxygen and direct sunlight. Store the oil in its original sealed container, in a cool and dark space.

This information is for reference only. These recommendations have not been evaluated for, and are not meant to treat, cure or remedy any diseases.

Before Use:

Although Tulsi can be used as powder, leaf or flower in teas, condiments and medicines, the pure concentrate of Holy Basil oil should not be ingested as it might trigger unintended bodily reactions. When used neat on the skin, it might cause dermal irritation or sensitivity. The oil has a spicy and bitter taste. There are no recoded negative side effects from trials, however caution should be exercised as with all essential oils. Store it out of reach of children.

Supplements of holy basil extract are made in dosage ranges from 300 mg to 2,000 mg per day for general preventive purposes, but these should be taken as prescription only tablets.

Shelf-life Information

Our essential oils have been made using an ideal and chemical neutral /free process of either steam distillation, cold press and supercritical extraction. The purity of the oils has been ensured by keeping the amount of hydration/water content and other elements at the lowest level. With this in mind, we are confident that the product will remain effective if you store it in its primary bottle/container, away from direct sunlight, excessive heat and minimize the periods the bottle is opened (during which the oil potentially gets exposed to oxygen).

Your essential oil should remain viable (with the full optimal potential to deliver the intended benefit) for an average of 36 months (3 years)*** from the date of its manufacture.

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