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Botanical Name of Raw Material: Ocimum sanctum
Holy basil or tulsi (aka thulasi), is an aromatic plant that hails from the family of Lamiaceae. Tulasi 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. It is also an essential ingredient in most Ayurvedic concoctions. Tulsi is revered as an elixir of life. The oil is obtained by the steam distillation of over ground parts of the plant, Ocimum sanctum. The product is pale yellow to yellowish in colour, with the sweet and pungent characterisic odour of Eugenol. Eugenol and Caryophyllene are major components in Holy Basil Oil. This oil is mainly used in medicinal and flavouring preparations.
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Steam distillation is the technical process applied to recover the heat sensitive compounds from spices. Spice oils are unstable and heat sensitive compounds are present in the spice.
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How is Holy Basil oil extracted?
From the Lamiaceae family, holy basil or tulsi is an aromatic plant primarily used for its medicinal properties. An essential ingredient is most Ayurvedic concoctions, tulsi is often referred to as the elixir of life. Holy basil essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the over ground parts of the Ocimum sanctum plant. The main components of holy basil oil are eugenol and caryophyllene.
What are the colour and aroma profiles of tulsi essential oil?
An oil-soluble liquid, tulsi oil usually ranges from pale yellow to yellow in colour and has the sweet, pungent characteristic odour of eugenol.
What is holy basil essential oil used for?
Holy basil essential oil is mainly used in pharma and nutraceuticals and fragrance applications. It is popularly used as a flavouring agent too.
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