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Tulsi For Your Tresses

By The Yoga School / January 1, 2020

Sweet Basil is a culinary favourite, but did you know that its sister herb, Holy Basil, is also well-loved for the wonders it works on your hair?

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known as “Tulsi” or “Tulasi”, is considered a sacred plant in India. Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil has a rich, spicy aroma.

Found in most Indian households, this leafy, aromatic herb belongs to the mint family and comes in different varieties. Rich in vitamin C and high in calcium, Tulsi has a wide range of therapeutic applications, both in whole plant form and as an essential oil. With many beneficial qualities such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, it also helps in skin and hair health maintenance.

Fresh, light, and aromatic, Tulsi makes a wonderfully refreshing massage oil. But not only is it well-loved for use in aromatherapy, it is also an ingredient that’s found in many shampoos and conditioners. If you’ve never used Tulsi essential oil for your tresses, here’s why it’s a great addition to your hair care regime:


Tulsi essential oil is a natural stimulant that’s beneficial for speeding up hair growth. Massaging Tulsi oil into the scalp improves blood circulation that stimulates hair follicles, which promotes the production of healthy, new hair. Commonly used as an ingredient in herbal hair loss treatments, this minty herb also keeps your scalp feeling fresh and cool, rejuvenates your hair follicles, and promotes circulation in the scalp, thereby reducing hair fall. If you’ve got brittle hair that breaks easily, try applying a mixture of Tulsi, Rosemary, and Lavender oils to your hair follicles to strengthen them from the roots. Alternatively, add a few drops of Tulsi oil into your shampoo and conditioner as a preventive technique.


This refreshing oil has been found to be effective in controlling four types of fungal strains that lead to dandruff (which also causes hair fall). Make your own home remedy for dry scalp by mixing four to five drops of Tulsi essential oil into coconut oil, and then massage it thoroughly into your scalp. This home remedy improves blood circulation, treats dry scalp, alleviates itch, and reduces dandruff. Another benefit: smoother, shinier hair with less frizz.


If your hair has started to turn grey prematurely, try this safe, home-made treatment for darker, more lustrous-looking hair. Make a paste with equal parts Tulsi oil and amla (Indian gooseberry) powder, then apply it all over your hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.


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