Tulsi (Holy Basil) Essential Oil
Tulsi (Holy Basil), Ocimum sanctum, is an aromatic herb used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Unlike its cousin sweet basil, India's Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma. Considered a sacred herb in India, Holy Basil has been called the The Elixir of Life. It is often planted around doorways and has a special place in the courtyard of Hindu homes. In various parts of the Orient it is planted around temples and used in prayer beads. Tulsi, rich in vitamin C and calcium, has a wide range of therapeutic applications, both in whole plant form and as an essential oil. Ayurveda considers tulsi a purifier of the mind, body and spirit. The oil is reported to possess anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and may help with skin and scalp problems. Tulsi enhances the luster of dull looking skin as well as hair.
Aromatherapy Properties: a stress reducer without being a sedative, it helps with anxiety, hysteria and nervous depression. Some sources indicate that, like other basils, it will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention. Tulsi essential oil aromatherapy should not be used when pregnant.
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