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Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum L.


Native to India, holy basil is also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one.” Considered as sacred in the Hindu faith, most traditional homes and temples in India have at least one tulsi plant, which is used in prayers to insure personal health, spiritual purity, and family well-being. In Ayurvedic medicine, tulsi is classified as a rasayana, an herb that nourishes a person’s growth to perfect health and enlightenment and promotes long life.



As a rasayana and adaptogen, Holy Basil maintains equilibrium associated with the stress system in the body. 


Active Constituents of Holy Basil

essential oil (Eugenol, carvacol, linalool, caryophylline), and polyphenols (rosemarinic acid), triterpenes (ursolic acid) and flavonoids





This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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