Holy Basil Research


In May 2017, Noelle graduated with an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Georgia (UGA). She was funded by the USDA through a program called the National Needs Fellows.

Her research was on the medicinal herb called holy basil aka tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). Her degree was interdisciplinary, working with the Horticulture and Food Science departments at UGA. In horticulture, she learned how to grow holy basil in the field. In food science she learned how to analyze essential oils using gas chromatography. She characterized the differences between 14 different varieties of holy basil based on yield and the content and composition of essential oils.  This page is for documenting her journey.

Holy Basil Research:

Holy Basil Seeding 2015

Holy Basil Planting 2015

Holy Basil Summer Harvest

Holy Basil Summer Processing Sept 2015

Holy Basil Fall Harvest and Processing 2015

Building Protocols for Essential Oil Distillation

Building Protocols for Essential Oil Collection

Hydrodistillation of Holy Basil Essential Oil

When the Research Plan Changes


Grad School:

Graduation Day from Undergrad

I am going to grad school!

First 2 Weeks of Grad School

1st Semester Presentations and Workshops