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Holy basil

Scientific name of Holy basil: Ocimum sanctum

Name of Holy basil in different languages:

English: Tulasi

Sanskrit: Surasa

Hindi: Tulsi

Malayalam: Thulasi തുളസി, Krishnathulasi

Plant description:

Holy basil or Thulasi (Ocimum sanctum) is an aromatic sub-shrub, an erect; many branched, grow to 60 cm to 1m. tall, leaves are purplish green and strong scented, ovate, length up to 5 cm long and toothed.The stem is hairy, purple in color; flowers are purplish, elongate racemes. It is considered to a Holy plant in Hinduism, planting in front of the houses with special care in Thulasithara. It is known as the Queen of herbs.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oval Margin-Serrated Venation-reticulated
 oblong  Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses

To treat skin problems, fever, common colds, infections, insect bites, malaria, dysentery,

How to prepare medicines:

Thulsi leaf and raw turmeric grind well apply of insect bite to reduce pain and poison, decoction of leaf gargling is useful to bad breath.

Thulasi is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Shankhpushpi Oil

Surasadi Thailam

Gopichandanadi Gulika





Shwasahara Kashaya




Dayal Tailam

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