Holy Basil Oil, Some Uses

Holy Basil Oil, Some Uses

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum  or Ocimum tennuiflorum) usually comes out of India. The leaves of the plant would be placed on the faces, eyes, ears, and chests of Indian Holy men, Brahmins, when they died, to aid their passage from this world into the next. It has a strong, bright scent with spicy undertones that helps clear your sinuses and breathe a little deeper.

Holy Basil 2Aromatic influences: Opens the heart in readiness to receive the love of your soulmate. Strengthens your sense of inner purpose.  Embracing, warming, and comforting.

Combines well with:

Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Frankincense, Pine, Neroli, Clary Sage

Points of interest

  • Also known as Tulsi.
  • Has a similar aroma to Basil but with more depth. Is interchangeable so be sure to check out the article on Basil as well.
  • Non-toxic in low doses but can be a mild irritant. Avoid using in a massage or in a bath if you have sensitive skin.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.
  • Some people consider it an aphrodisiac.
  • Holy Basil clears the head and relieves intellectual fatigue.
  • Is uplifting, clarifying, and strengthening.
  • Relax signVery calming oil. Helps relieve tension and headaches, as well as stress-induced insomnia.
  • Has anti-fungal properties.
  • Is an insect repellent.
  • In India, it is sacred to the goddess Vrindavani and the gods Vishnu and Krishna. Brahmins, Indian holy men, have leaves of Holy Basil or Tulsi placed on their faces, ears, eyes, and chest when they die and pass into the next world.
  • Enables you to focus on new possibilities.
  • Can also aid sleep and relaxation.
  • Can massage 1 drop into abdomen once or twice a week to help get rid of ulcers.
  • Avoid prolonged use of it. It’s better to mix with other oils and only use it occasionally.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Holy Basil oil. To check for more, you can click on Holy Basil in the tagged section up under the title at the top of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it. If your skin is too sensitive to use any of the following bath or massage blends, you can also diffuse or vaporize them. Just use the essential oils without the carrier oils.

Woman receiving shoulder massageRelieve a Tired Mind

  • 2 drops Holy Basil
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into neck and shoulders. (3)

Bring Deep Peace and Relaxation

  • 2 drops Holy Basil
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage wherever it feels most soothing. Use it to take your mind to a place of inner peace. (3)

Soothe Anxiety and Emotional Stress

  • 2 drops Holy Basil
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin

Diffuse them when you are in need of stress relief. (3)

Sick woman taking temperatureCold and Flu Relief

  • 2 drops Holy Basil
  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve the formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath to soften skin and remove impurities. (3)

Ease Coughs, Bronchitis, or Laryngitis

  • 2 drops Holy Basil
  • 2 drops Black Cumin
  • 2 cups water

Boil the water then put in a glass bowl. Add essential oils and deeply inhale the fumes. To take full advantage, put a towel over your head to hold the fumes in. (3)

Back Pain Massage

  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 10 drops Holy Basil
  • 2 tablespoons F.C.O.

Massage into back as often as needed. (2)

Pulled hamstringMuscle Stiffness Massage

  • 10 drops Marjoram
  • 5 drops Holy Basil
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba

Massage into stiff muscles as often as you can. Especially good for those with Parkinson’s Disease. (2)

And finally,

Holy Basil is an interesting oil. I feel the need to play around with it so I’m going to see what I can come up with. How about you? What are you going to do with it? Tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page. We’d all love to know!

ReferencHoly Basil 3es

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  3. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  4. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

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