Totally unlike the herbal basil oils normally seen, India's Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma.
Because of its chemical content, this basil may be a strong irritant and should be used in very low dilutions.
Emotionally, Holy Basil, through inhalation, may aid with anxiety, hysteria, and nervous depression. It is a stress reducer without being a sedative. Some sources indicate that, like other basils, it will enhance clarity of thought and aid memory retention.
This basil is considered a sacred herb in India, where it is planted around doorways to banish evil spirits. In various parts of the Orient it is planted around temples, and used in prayer beads.
A key ingredient in our Summer Sunshine Solstice blend, and an oil to consider if constructing your own blend to celebrate midsummer.