TULSI – HOLY BASIL
With an earthy, herbaceous presence and hints of clove, licorice, mint and lemon, Tulsi Oil’s strong aroma invokes mental clarity, peace of mind, and heightens consciousness. Considered India’s queen of herbs, basil is a tonic refresher and detoxifier and helps stimulate circulation under the skin. With abundant anti-oxidants and antibacterial compounds, it is excellent in treating minor infections and various skin conditions, including acne and congested complexions.
Helps neutralize the toxins of bug bites and stings as well as enhance skin immunity and luster. Provides nourishment and healing for dry, itchy scalp and enhances sheen in hair. The aromatherapeutic properties of Basil sharpen the senses and create alertness. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. It is an elixir for cough; the leaves when chewed after meals acts as a digestive, and when taken before and after cold water bath controls temperature in the stomach and prevents cold. If sprinkled over cooked food in stored water, tulsi leaves prevent bacterial growth.
Many Hindus have Tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home, often in special pots or special small masonry structures. Traditionally, Tulsi is planted in the center of the central courtyard of Hindu houses. The plant is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian Subcontinent as a medicinal plant and a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda. We use Tulsi in our AYA Spirit Oil blend.