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Holy Basil (Tulsi) Essential Oil

Ocimum sanctum ct eugenol

Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma. Has a high eugenol content.

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Safety Information for Holy Basil (Tulsi)

According to Tisserand & Young, Holy Basil Essential Oil may  (oral usage) inhibit blood clotting, cause drug interactions, cause skin & mucous membrane sensitization.  Contraindications: May interact with pethidine, MAOIs or SSRIs, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia & other bleeding disorders. 

Eugenol belongs to the Phenol chemical family.  Phenols   are  potentially  irritating  components  to  the  skin  and  mucous  membranes,  and  they  can  cause dermatitis  and  sensitization.  If phenols  are  present  in  high  concentrations in the essential oil,  the  essential  oil should  be  used  in  very  low  dilutions  on  the  skin,  diluted  well  in  carrier  oil,  and  only  used  for  short
periods  of  time.
 
Phenol-high oils  are  skin  irritating  if  used  in  a  bath.
 
Use in  small  amounts  when  blending  phenol-rich  oils  for  diffusing  (no  more  than  10%  of  the  pure essential  oil  blend).
 
Phenol-rich oils  should  not  be  used  on  people  with  skin  issues  such  as  dermatitis,  or  on  babies  or children.
 
Oils high  in  eugenol,  thymol  or  carvacrol  inhibits  platelet  aggregation,  and  are  not  to  be  used  by people  with  blood  clotting  disorders,  by  people  taking  anticoagulant  drugs  such  as  aspirin  or  Warfarin, or  before  surgery.  According to Tisserand, Holy basil may inhibit blood clotting, have skin sensitization effects & possible mucous membrane irritation. 
 
Suggested  maximum  topical  use  of  eugenol  is  0.5%.  In small doses,  eugenol can  be  liver-protective, however,  in  high  concentrations,  it  is  hepatotoxic  and  can  cause  tissue  damage.
 
Maximum dermal level 1.0% (based on 50.4% eugenol content with a dermal limit of 0.5%

References

 
Tisserand & Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Elsevier 2014
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003

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