Basil, Holy (Tulsi)
Tulsi (Holy Basil), Eugenol-rich essential oil (Ocimum sanctum) is a clear white liquid displaying a soft, sweet, green, spicy-herbaceous bouquet with a fine balsamic, woody undertone. Tenacity is very good.
Latin name: Ocimum sanctum
Process: distillation of foliage of basil herb grown in India
Next to the lotus, Tulsi is the most sacred of all plants in India, and is worshipped by the Hindu culture. Tulsi means “the incomparable one”, and is revered in India. It is widely known across South Asia as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda, and has an important role within the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism in which devotees perform worship involving tulsi plants or leaves.
The Tulsi plant is regarded as a Goddess, or Divine Mother, and the consort of Lord Krishna with special ceremonies performed to mark the start of the marriage season, where holy basil is placed upon altars with flowers and food being offered.
According the Rig Veda, an ancient text written over 5,000 years ago and the first book of Ayurveda, Tulsi was an herb well regarded for its many healing properties. It is regarded in Ayurveda as the “elixir of life” and it is also believed to be a promoter of immortality.
NERVE TONIC: Dilute 10 drops per ounce of carrier oil and massage along the spine
FEVER: 10 drops per ounce of carrier oil and massage onto neck
EXPECTORANT: Add 1-2 drops into a bowl of boiling water - inhale to release congestion - Eucalyptus can be added as well (keep tissues handy)
STRESS RELIEF: 20 drops lavender, 10 drops Tulsi, 5 drops Chamomile into 4 oz of carrier oil and massage into skin as needed
DIGESTIVE: Compress - add 5 drops to 1 cup warm water, put cloth in the water, wring out lightly and apply to abdomen
INSECT BITES: one drop on a bandage applied to bite will remove poison