Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a plant from the Lamiaceae family that is indigenous in India. In Hinduism is tulsi seen as one of the most holy plants and worshipped as an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Tulsi vitalises, purifies the aura opens the heart, grants love and devotion and increases awareness.


Tulsi is among others also known as 'holy basil' and should not be confused with other basil species. A short overview of the names:


Tulsi grows in an area where since ages ayurveda, the Hinduistic medicine, is being practised. It is no wonder then that tulsi is in use in ayurveda. Below follows a general overview of the qualities of tulsi from ayurvedic perspective.


Tulsi grows in the wild exclusively in South-Asia and has therefore no traditional place in Western herbology. However due to the increased general availability of tulsi has this plant also become increasingly part of herbology. Below follows an overview of the qualities as found in Western herbology.


Tulsi essential oil can be used aromatically, in bath, for massage and as a perfume. Consult before use the paragraph 'Side Effects' and when hesitant a doctor or therapist.

Side Effects

Usage of tulsi essential oil on the manners as described under the paragraph 'Usage' is deemed safe. For completeness however can the following points of attention be mentioned. Consult when hesitant a doctor or therapist.


Tulsi essential oil has in general constituents as follows:

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