Holy basil is an herb that goes by the scientific name Ocimum sanctum. Also called tulsi, holy basil has been used and revered in India for thousands of years. Holy basil is generally accepted as a safe and natural alternative to other drugs. There are several varieties of the plant.
Colds and Fever
Holy basil has antibiotic properties and is used to battle bacterial, fungal and viral infections. It also has germicidal, fungicidal and disinfectant qualities.
In India, holy basil is said to bring its users closer to God. It is also said to bring those who ingest it clarity, compassion and joy.
The camphene, eugenol and cineole in the essential oils of holy basil can help break down mucus buildup and provide congestion relief.
Holy basil enhances cerebral circulation and memory, and is commonly used as a remedy for people suffering from memory loss. It is also a natural treatment for attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.
Holy basil is used to treat respiratory disorders, stress, headaches, eye infections, lung disorders, heart disease and dental issues. It's also used as a beauty product.