Thai Holy Basil (also known as Holy Basil, Tulsi, or Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred Hindu basil with 1 1/2″ long green leaves and purple stems. According to Ayurvedic tradition, Holy Basil is one of the best herbs to prepare the heart and mind for spiritual practices, treat colds and flu, relieve various skin conditions, and reduce fever.
Holy basil is a common ingredient in Thai cuisine and in teas and is used medicinally for digestion and immune system support and is regarded as a purifying herb. Holy basil is a good basil to use in cooking as it holds up to heat. The flavor is spicy, almost clove-like with undertones of lemon.