Tulsi (Holy Basil) Essential Oil Profile

Essential Oil Profile

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Ocimum sanctum ct eugenol

Countries of Origin

India, Madagascar

Plant Family


Main Chemical Family


Typical Chemistry Composition (but is batch specific)(2)

eugenol (31.9-50.4%); 1,8 cineole (12.6-16.5%); Estragole (9.7-12.9%); Beta-Bisabolene (9.7-10.5%)

Extraction Method and Plant Part

Steam distillation of the leaves and flowers.

About the Oil

                Color- light yellow

                Aroma- a very warm and spicy middle note.

About the Plant

Tulsi has been grown in India for potentially more than 3000 years and is known as one of the most sacred plants, also known as “The Incomparable One”. “Science has even looked beyond the traditional scope, studying the herb for its therapeutic potential in cancer, specifically as an adjuvant to radiation therapy, and even for its stabilizing effects in diabetes.”(1)

Therapeutic Properties

Analgesic, Antifungal, Anti-infectious, Antirheumatic, Antiviral, carminative, warming

Energetic Properties

Correlates to the 6th Chakra.  Helps with perspective and clarity.(3)


Tulsi is high in phenols which are considered to be very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. This means it can more easily cause dermatitis and sensitization issues. Due to this it is recommended to keep the dilution at one percent or less in any topical applications. Recommended to not be used on people with clotting disorders as eugenol inhibits platelet aggregation. Worth noting with oral use there may be an interaction with SSRIs, MAOIs, pethidine and bleeding disorders.(2)

Expected Shelf Life

4-5 years


1)      http://www.medicinehunter.com/holy-basil

2)      Tisserand and Young: Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition

3)      www.stillpointaromatics.com

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