Holy Basil has a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine and is a well-known sacred plant, a respected
, of the Indian subcontinent. Green Holy Basil, also known as Ram Tulsi
, is a green variety of basil with the same attributes as Red Basil.
As a medicinal herb it is used to prevent colds and flu, and cleanse the respiratory system of infection. The oil is used as an antioxidant, relieving aches and pains. In India, Hindus grow Tulsi as a religious plant in their homes and temples and use its leaves in routine worship.
Recent scientific studies suggest that both the Green and Red varieties of Holy Basil may aid in lowering blood pressure, helping liver functions and reducing the risks of diabetes.
In addition to being a sacred medicinal herb, this Basil is also a potent natural pest repellent and companion plant. The oils naturally repel mosquitoes and house flies, giving it another reason to keep this plant in and around your home. Please read Briscoe's Tips for more information on growing and using this versatile herb!IMPORTANT: The binomial name for this plant is Ocimum sanctum. It's common name is Holy Green Basil.