Many people use holy basil (also known as Tulsi,which means “the incomparable one.“) in stir-frys and soups because it adds a spicy, peppery taste. However, medicine is often made from the leaves, stems, and seeds of Holy Basil. It is commonly taken by mouth to help with anxiety and stress. It is also used in many Eastern cultures to treat diabetes and high cholesterol, but there is limited American medical research to support these uses.
According to a May 2015 article in BMC Genomics, Eastern medicine followers even call the herb the “elixir of life”, due to the high regard of it’s health benefits. People use the herb for everything from reducing stress to combating indigestion.
The Hindu name for holy basil, Tulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds. Holy basil is commonly used by mouth to help with anxiety and stress. It is also used for diabetes and high cholesterol. But there is limited scientific research to support these and other uses.
Children and pregnant women, should use basil with caution.