Aroma: Lightly spicy, warming, and energizing
Latin Name: Ocimum sanctum
Country of Origin: India
Cultivation Method: Conventionally grown
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Extracted From: Whole plant
Perfumery Note: Top
Consistency: Thin liquid
Aromatherapy Properties: Warm and energizing. Improves concentration and uplifts mood. Note: The potent scent of holy basil should be used sparingly.
Suggested Use: This sacred herb oil can be used during meditation to focus the mind. It has also been used to purify the air and help open breathing.
What is the difference between sweet basil and holy basil essential oil?
- Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) smells fresh, green, and balsamic. Its uplifting scent is high in linalool and eugenol.
- Holy basil (O. sanctum) has a sweet, spicy scent with a clove-like note. It is a sacred herb, with an aroma that can be used to purify the air and open breathing, especially during meditiation. Key constituents are eugenol and 1,8-cineole.
History: Holy basil originates in India, where it is considered a sacred herb. It is commonly planted around doorways and temples to keep evil spirits away. Indian families have long made tea from the leaves to fight illness.
Specific Safety Information: Not for internal use. Avoid with pregnant or nursing women, young children, and those with certain medical conditions. Dilute to no less than 1% with topical use and avoid topical use with sensitive skin. Ask your doctor if you have any questions before use.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease.