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Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum, is a genus of aromatic herbs that is commonly known as basil. While basil is a popular herb used in culinary, it is also known for the many health benefits it provides when used for medicinal purposes.  


Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Tulsi,




Ocimum is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and nervine relaxant.


Ocimum has many reported benefits that include its anti-inflammatory effects, respiratory health, alleviating digestive issues and its apoptogenic properties to help with overall well-being.


    Ocimum, also known as Holy Basil or Tulsi,has several health benefits when consumed. Those benefits include a calming effect on the nervous system to help reduce stress and anxiety due to it’s adaptogen properties. Ocimum can help by reducing inflammation, and its antioxidant properties from flavonoids and polyphenols help neutralize free radicals in the body. Other benefits include the relief in respiratory symptoms including asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Ocimum is also believed to have neuroprotective properties that support cognitive function and improve memory.


    Ocimum (basil) is a popular herb used in culinary due to its aromatic flavor. It is used in salads, herbal teas, and in many meat and curry dishes. When used medicinally, Ocimum is prepared in the form of a tincture, essential oil for aromatherapy use, or can be consumed in the form of a capsule or tablet. Ocimum can also be used for skincare in the form of a face mask for its antimicrobial properties that benefit various skin conditions. 


    Commonly known as basil, it is considered to have great significance in Hinduism and is commonly referred to as Holy basil or “Tulsi.” Tulsi is considered sacred, is often worshiped, and used in various religious ceremonies and rituals. This is why it is common to see Tulsi grown around Hindu temples and homes. Ocimum spread to Europe and other parts of the world after being discovered by Alexander the Great during his campaigns in Asia. Today, it is a common staple in kitchens worldwide. More recently, a renewed interest in the herb's medicinal uses resurfaced after the bioactive compounds in basil been studied more recently revealing potential health benefits. 


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