Holy Basil Essential Oil (Tulsi) Profile

Holy Basil Essential Oil (Tulsi) Profile

Hope Johnson
6 minute read

Tulsi ~ Holy Basil Essential Oil comes from the basil variety known as Tulsi. Tulsi basil is a highly regarded sacred plant in India and Hinduism, hence the commonality of its nickname – “Holy Basil.” An intoxicatingly aromatic plant, we have some in our garden, and I can say that it’s a delight to walk by and catch a whiff of that unmistakable basil-meets-black-licorice aroma.

This royal herb has long been used as a remedy for a wide variety of conditions and ailments, and to promote peace and awareness of our spiritual essence.


holy basil essential oil

It’s known to be a powerful adaptogen, meaning it can support our physical adaptation to environmental factors that might otherwise have damaging effects. Holy Basil can be very effective when used as a dry herb in tea. In aromatherapy, Holy Basil Essential Oil boosts overall well-being. It can also be used topically diluted in a carrier oil.

Benefits of using Tulsi Basil – Holy Basil Essential Oil Include:

Skincare & Oral Health: Try massaging diluted Tulsi essential oil on the skin (2% for face, 5% for body) to help resolve internal and external skin disorders. Indeed, this natural oil is highly antibiotic, disinfectant and anti-bacterial. Tulsi contains the chemical component of camphene, a bicyclic monoterpene, which causes a sensational cooling effect when applied to the face. The oil is also an astringent, meaning it constricts body tissues, such as the gums, and may help prevent tooth loss.

Physical Protection: Used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, Holy Basil essential oil has many chemical components known to boost health throughout the entire body. It helps with digestion and gastrointestinal issues and promotes a healthy metabolism. Tulsi has also been proven to fight the effects of radiation poisoning as it is an antioxidant and supports cells repairing themselves after exposure to radiation. The chemical beta-elemene, which is present in our Holy Basil essential oil, has been shown to have direct anti-tumor effects and inhibit cancer. 

Immunity & Lifespan: Holy Basil also supports the immune system, Overall, Tulsi is one of the best essential oils for boosting the immune system, as it protects the body from infections, viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. It neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to cancer, degenerative disease, cataracts, and other effects of aging. Tulsi contains Vitamin-C and eugenol, which contribute to lowering blood pressure and detoxifying the body. When used regularly, it’s known to support heart health, reducing the risk of a heart attack. 


Stress-Relief: More and more, science and medicine have identified stress and anxiety as some of the leading causes of aging and disease. Through its adaptogenic properties, and by supporting increased energy and stamina, Holy Basil essential oil helps our minds and bodies fight back against the damaging effects of anxiety and stress.

Spiritual Awareness: Holy Basil Essential Oil is one of the most effective essential oils for mental and spiritual relief. By inhaling the essential oil, it encourages instant release of stress and nervous tension. It can also be used in an oil diffuser to purify the air, mind, body, and spirit. 


Botanical Name: Ocimum Sanctum

Botanicals Family: Lamiaceae

Derived From: Leaves and Flowering Tops

Origin: India

Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

Aroma: Rich, Warm, Spicy, Herbaceous, Earthy, Fresh

Physical Description: Clear to Yellow Color with Thin Consistency

Blends With: BergamotCedarwoodClary SageCloveLavenderMandarin, and Rosemary

Basil (Holy Basil - Tulsi) Essential Oil (Ocimum Basilicum)

Basil (Holy Basil - Tulsi) Essential Oil (Ocimum Basilicum)


Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum Plant Part: Leaves and Flowers Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: India Color/Consistency: Pale Yellow Color With Thin Consistency Aroma: Herbaceous, Spicy, Sweet, Earthy, Fresh Perfumery Note: Top Main Chemical Components: Eugenol (52.53%) beta-Caryophyllene (33.35%) alpha-Humulene… read more

>History of Holy Basil Essential Oil

Holy Basil Essential Oil has played a large role in the Hindu religion for thousands of years, as it is worshiped as the avatar of the goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth and is the wife of Vishnu. Tulsi, in Sanskrit, means the incomparable one.

The Hindus also believe that tulsi is an expression of Sita, who is also an avatar of Lakshmi and is considered an example of wifely and womanly virtues for Hindu women. Hindus grow tulsi plants in the center of their courtyards, near their homes, and Hindu temples.

Many Hindu healers would use Tulsi as a medicinal herb, as it would often be used for healing the sick and would be given to the dying in order to raise their departing souls to heaven.

Chakras Affected

Tulsi ~ Holy Basil Essential Oil is known to be useful for balancing and aligning all chakras, and more specifically:

Third Chakra – Solar Plexus: The solar plexus chakra is located in the center of the belly and governs the physical functions of the stomach. Tulsi helps to regulate metabolism and digestion.

Fourth Chakra – Heart: Tulsi is able to open the heart to love and compassion while strengthening faith and clarity throughout the heart chakra.

Fifth Chakra – Throat: Tulsi allows us to be in tune with our inner self and inner truth. The oil also transforms mental concepts of doubt and distrust, allowing for clear decision-making made through the throat chakra. Physically, Tulsi assists with oral health of the teeth and gums and bacteria in the mouth.

Sixth Chakra Third Eye: Tulsi provides ultimate spiritual cleansing throughout the body allowing for clarity and awareness to be present in the third eye chakra. Tulsi also provides perspective to one's mind and spirit.

Seventh Chakra Crown: Tulsi provides mental clarity and instills mental ease. The oil also purifies the air, mind, body, and spirit, creating a clear personal haven where one can relax, breathe, and meditate.


Physical Plant: Purple and Green

Oil: Clear Yellow

Etheric: Red

Usage Methods

Neat: Place a drop or two directly onto clean and intact skin. A couple of drops on the wrists, shoulders, temples or neck imparts a beautiful aroma and is an effective remedy for stress and nervous depression. Note: May be too concentrated to be used undiluted on facial skin.

Blended with Carrier: Use 15 drops per 1 TBL of carrier oil. Massage over any area where you would like for healing to occur.

Bath: Place 8 drops into 3 handfuls of bath salt and disperse, or add 8 drops to vodka or whole milk

Diffusor: Follow diffuser manufacturer's instructions, but typically add about 8 drops.

Room Deodorizer: Add 15 drops per 2oz distilled water and spray as desired.

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