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Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Also Known As : Bai gkaprow, Sacred basil, Holy basil
Technical Name : Ocimum tenuiflorum


Taste Profile

Its taste varies between types. However, it is frequently likened to cloves (anise) or licorice with a hint of mint and a bit of peppery spice.

Usage Tips

  1. Tulsi can be used as an aromatic with garlic, fish sauce and chilies to impart flavor into meat, fish, or chicken.
  2. It can also be used to make tea.

Common names and forms

  1. Krishna Tulsi
  2. Krishna Tulsi (Leaf)
  3. Organic Tulsi
  4. Organic Tulsi Leaf
  5. Organic Tulsi Leaves
  6. Tulasi
  7. Tulsi
  8. Tulsi Leaves


Tulsi is a stiff, leafy, perennial herb. The plant develops small pink, fragrant blossoms when mature. With thicker stems, ranging in color from green to a dark purple, it has a bushy appearance and can grow quite large. Its narrow, oval leaves range from a light green to deep purple color and are very aromatic. 

Health benefits

  • Tulsi has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties that helps to reduce stress and anxiety.(1)
  • It helps to reduce blood sugar.(1)
  • It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which helps with arthritis or fibromyalgia.(1)


Overconsumption of Tulsi by pregnant women may have long term effects both on the mother and the baby. It might also trigger reactions in pregnant women.(2)

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