Tulsi Essential oil and Nausea

Traditionally where the whole plant is the “body” of the herb, and the alcohol tincture is the “spirit” of the herb, the essential oil is considered to be the “soul” of the herb.

There are many reasons to use Tulsi essential oil, including the fact that it supports immunity, especially in crisis situations, and it simply has a magical aroma to it.  In this blog let’s look at Tulsi essential oil and how it supports us a healthy response to nausea.

Aromatherapy Inhalations

There are many herbs, like those in Tulsi Ginger Tea, that are very effective at preventing or stopping nausea, which are fine unless the nausea prevents you from holding down liquid.  Fortunately, inhaling Tulsi Essential oil doesn’t have this problem.

Ginger essential oil, Tulsi essential oil, Wintergreen essential oil, and Mints (Peppermint essential oil, Spearmint essential oil) are excellent candidates for this.  You can put fresh aromatic plants in hot water and then breathe them in, or you can put them in a nebulizer and run that near you.

In a meta-study of sorts existing scientific evidence regarding the effects of essential oils (essential oils) administered via inhalation for the alleviation of nausea and vomiting was procured and reviewed.  Various trials with a total 328 participants were found and I quote:

‘Their results suggest that the inhaled vapor of peppermint or ginger essential oils not only reduced the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting but also decreased antiemetic requirements and consequently improved patient satisfaction.’

So though many essential oils are excellent for this situation, Peppermint and Ginger are amongst the most documented in the Western BioScience literature, and what could be better than both of these combined?  If you look at the chemistry of Tulsi essential oil it is almost a direct combination of Ginger and Mint essential oils with a little Clove essential oil added on for good measure.  In other words, you just may experience Tulsi essential oil as simplified “one-stop-shopping” when it comes to dealing with nausea, and in these situations we all know that simple is paramount!

Best to use therapeutic grade Essential oils from a reliable essential oil company like Floracopeia or Veriditas, and of course, you can get your Tulsi essential oil from ORGANIC INDIA.

Essential oils work at all levels of being, from physical to physiological to emotional and beyond, and so I have found that combining essential oils with music is a most excellent idea!

Music Calms the Beast of Nausea

We all know of the Mozart Effect where playing divinely inspired music offers numerous wellness-centric benefits to the listener. One of those benefits is to prevent and mitigate nausea.

We know this, and if you want to have some confirmation don’t ask a doctor, just ask the nurses, like those at the University of Colorado.  They are the ones that know that:

‘When it comes to the prevention and management of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and post discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV), Traditional and Complementary modalities, like acupuncture and related techniques, aromatherapy, and music therapy may be integrated in the perianesthesia nurse’s plan of care to prevent or manage PONV.’

Often the best music is that which deeply brings one into attunement with the deepest ease, and though Mozart works for me, YMMV, so find what is best or you and take it easy.


  1. Lua PL, Zakaria NS.; A brief review of current scientific evidence involving aromatherapy use for nausea and vomiting.; J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Jun;18(6):534-40.
  2. Mamaril ME, Windle PE, Burkard JF.; Prevention and management of postoperative nausea and vomiting: a look at complementary techniques.; J Perianesth Nurs. 2006 Dec;21(6):404-10.

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