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The website contains information and research on the herb known as Holy Basil – not to be confused with sweet (culinary) basil.
English: Holy Basil
Latin: Ocimum sanctum (“sacred fragrant lipped basil”)
or Ocimum tenuiflorum (“basil with small flowers”)
or Ocumum gratissimum (“very grateful basil”)
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (mint)
Holy Basil has a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine and is a well-known sacred plant of the Indian subcontinent. Holy Basil has been called the “Incomparable One”, the “Queen of Herbs” and “The Elixir of Life.” It has many health benefits.
Holy Basil is now being talked about as one of the “new” adaptogens – yet, it has been used for thousands of years by people who knew of its many benefits.
In India, Hindus grow Tulsi as a religious plant in their homes and temples and use its leaves in routine worship. Tulsi aids meditation and seems to be spiritually endowed and empowered to transform souls. It is also used by Ayurvedic practitioners and laypersons for many health ailments and use of the herb has achieved positive results for thousands of years.
Coming West to America the herb is being used primarily for physical health and well being. We would like to make a prediction  that the consciousness of Westerners will become more receptive to Holy Basil – physically and then spiritually. It’s time has come. This herb and other adaptogenic herbs will be among the healing arsenal for our time. These herbs will slow down the process of aging and increase vitality and health.
Tea, dried leaf, extracts and supercritical extracts of Holy Basil are now available. This herb will allow the body to physically adapt to the many stresses of modern life. It will correct internal imbalances and strengthen the body’s biological disposition toward health and well-being. It will also aid meditation and psycho-spiritual well-being.
The history of Holy Basil in the Western world is now being written and experienced. It will be documented by science. Believers and users of the herb will find increased health and vitality.
Maimes Report on Holy Basil -- 12 pages of information on Holy Basil (November 2004)
ADAPTOGENS: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by Steven Maimes and David Winston, RH (AHG)
Published by Healing Arts Press (Inner Traditions) in 2007. For additional information on this book, visit www.adaptogensinamerica.com. The book includes information on Holy Basil.
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Varities of Holy Basil-Tulsi:
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