Holy Basil Other common names: tulsi.[1]

Herbalist David Winston refers to holy basil as a cerebral stimulant and uses it for people with mental fog. He says, “It can be combined with other cerebral stimulants such as rosemary, bacopa, and ginkgo to help people with menopausal cloudy thinking, poor memory, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to speed up recovery from head trauma."[2]

Healing Properties

  • Adaptogen
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiviral
  • aromatic digestive
  • relaxing nervine (calms nerves)
  • cardiovascular health
  • expectorant
  • neuroprotective
  • antioxidant
  • immunomodulating
  • analgesic

Disease & Symptom Treatment

  • stress
  • Anxiety
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Viral Infections
  • Fungal infections
  • pain
  • ulcers
  • depression
  • colds and flus
  • allergic rhinitis
  • herpes virus
  • type 2 diabetes
  • insulin resistance


  1. Forêt, Rosalee de la. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal. Hay House, Inc., 2017. Citations:

  2. Title: Controlled programmed trial of ocimum sanctum leaf on generalized anxiety disorders
    Author(s): D Bhattacharyya, TK Sur, U Jana, and PK Debnath
    Institution(s): Department of Pharmacology, Dr. B.C. Roy Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research and Departmen of Kayachikitsa, JB Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
    Publication: Nepal Med Coll J
    Date: 2008
    Abstract: Ocimum sanctum, an Indian medicinal plant, has been on trial for its role in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in hospital based clinical set-up. Hamilton’s brief psychiatric rating scale (BPRS) and thorough clinical investigations were used to screen the subjects. Thirty-five subjects (21 male and 14 female; average age 38.4 years) were medicated with the plant extract in a fixed dose regime (500 mg/capsule, twice daily, p.o. after meal). They were thoroughly investigated clinically and using standard questionnaires based on different psychological rating scale at baseline (day 0), mid-term (day 30) and final (day 60). The observations exhibited that, O. sanctum significantly (p<0.001) attenuated generalized anxiety disorders and also attenuated its correlated stress and depression. It further significantly (p<0.001) improved the willingness to adjustment and attention in human. Therefore, it may be concluded that O. sanctum may be useful in the treatment of GAD in human and may be a promising anxiolytic agent in near future.
    Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19253862