Tulsi has been believed to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Tulsi has also been shown to counteract metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties.
Tulsi’s reputed broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, which includes activity against a range of human and animal pathogens, suggests it can be used as a hand sanitizer, mouthwash and water purifier as well as in animal rearing, wound healing, the preservation of food stuffs and herbal raw materials and traveler’s health.
Cultivation of Tulsi plants has both spiritual and practical significance that connects the grower to the creative powers of nature, and organic cultivation offers solutions for food security, rural poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and climate change. The age-old use of Tulsi in daily rituals is a perhaps a testament to Ayurvedic wisdom and provides an example of ancient knowledge offering solutions to modern problems.
Use as you would any fine essential oil. It can be used in small amounts directly on your body, or extended in a carrier lotion or oil. We would recommend steam-distilled coconut oil because it is so readily absorbed into the skin and so nourishing for it. You can also place drops of it in a diffuser to completely change the energy in your home and especially where you sleep, work, and meditate.
Safety Note: Avoid in pregnancy.
Skin: With all essential oils, a test patch in the elbow is advised. Reactions to this one are rare, but then we are all unique and have different skin tolerances.
Mind: Holy Basil is excellent for diffusing in a room to uplift its energy and dispel air-born toxins. It is unsurpassed for sleep, meditation, and recuperation.
Body: In the thousands of years Ayruvedic practitioners have used Tulsi, there is no part of the body it has failed to assist. However, with children all essential oils must be used in moderation and with caution, preferably with supervision from a qualified therapist. Never us this or any essential oils on cats. Their livers and kidneys cannot eliminate certain unavoidable byproducts.
Blends well with: Holy Basil blends well with all pure essential oils and accentuates the positive value of all.
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