Tulsi (Holy Basil) EO

Ocimum sanctum L. (synonym of Ocimum tenuiflorum L.)

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Our Holy Basil (Tulsi) essential oil has a sweet, pungent, clove-like, somewhat bitter green/herbaceous aroma, with a soft balsamic-woody undertone; it also has a remarkably persistent sweetness. Eugenol is the predominant chemical constituent in this species of Basil, which accounts for its clove-like scent,

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Selected size SKU:973-016 - Tulsi (Holy Basil) 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
$2.00
15 ml (1/2 oz)
$11.00
30 ml (1 oz)
$17.75
59.14 ml (2 oz)
$31.00
118.29 ml (4 oz)
$52.50
236.58 ml (8 oz)
$93.00
473.17 ml (16 oz)
$167.50
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
$353.50
$2.00
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Our Holy Basil (Tulsi) essential oil has a sweet, pungent, clove-like, somewhat bitter green/herbaceous aroma, with a soft balsamic-woody undertone; it also has a remarkably persistent sweetness. Eugenol is the predominant chemical constituent in this species of Basil, which accounts for its clove-like scent, along with methyl chavicol (aka estragole), also present but in a much smaller percentage. [1],[2] Holy Basil's eugenol content is brightened and supported by a lively bouquet of energetic monoterpenes and a fair amount of the oxide, 1,8-cineole.

Ocimum sanctum, a species native to India, is worshipped as the plant of Lakshmi, consort of Vishnu, and thus considered a sacred plant. It is grown near temples and in home courtyards to invite the presence of the gods and freshen the air.[6] Among its worthy attributes, it is said that Basil opens the heart and brings harmony to the mind and spirit. [7] Not the easiest oil to source, this is the well-rounded and tenderly produced Holy Basil we have been waiting for.

Tulsi is well suited in elevating diffuser blends and room sprays, and in low dilutions in meditation and massage blends, steams and chest rubs.

1 Industry communication.

2 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Listening to Scent - An Olfactory Journey with Aromatic Plants and Their Extracts, 2014, p. 71.

3 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Fragrance and Wellbeing, 2014, p. 234.

4 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 204.

5 Ibid.

6 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Essential Oils - A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd ed., 2012, p. 170.

7 Miller, Light and Bryan. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy, 1995, p. 222.

 

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Sweet medicinal with muted spice

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Various species of tulsi carry distinct aromas, and this one reminded me of Rama, or maybe Krishna tulsi. Unlike other reviewers, I found the clove notes in this blend to be muted by the camphor-like/floral scent I associate with fresh yarrow. There is also a heaviness and a sweetness that is not my favorite. To my nose, the complex, aromatic blend came across as 50% yarrow (notes of camphor, herbaceous, "medicinal"), 20% syrupy + balsamic, 20% clove, 10% pepper. Personally, I prefer the greener, brighter, floral and spice aroma associated with Vana Tulsi both for drinking and aromatherapy. That said, it blends very nicely with turmeric.

Review by Cristina 8/10/2019

Beautiful alternative to clove and other warm spice EO's

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Tulsi basil, with its high content of Eugenol, has a very pleasant clove scent, but its other properties give it a unique, greener fresher quality compared to clove oil. If clove is warm and wintery, tulsi basil is spicy fresh like spring. There's a green woody, bright, spicy quality that's so unique, it balances warm and fresh in the best way. A MUST have!

Review by Spahhcare 6/14/2019

Rich clove smell

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It smells like there is a kind of less sweet clove with a chocolatey characteristic to it which makes me feel like I could use this to replace clove in scents because the smell of straight clove makes me feel nauseous. Definitely prefer this. The other notes take a backseat, but I haven't mixed this with anything yet, so likely they will become more prominent in various compositions.

Review by Amy 6/11/2018

Mysterious, Richer Basil With Hints of Love...I Mean CLove

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Honestly, if you haven't tried this, you really need to. I'm smelling a normal basil (Ocimum basilicum) and Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) side-by-side right now and they smell quite different. Regular basil smells herbal and green, like the basil you might put in your pasta. I lighter green, almost grassy herbal note. Tulsi Basil smells richer, deeper, with a mysterious spicy note reminiscent of cloves and ....something else I can't quite identify. It is something you have to smell for yourself because I don't think I have put my nose on anything quite like it.

Review by Brian 5/30/2018

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