Basil has been known to be an ancient native to India and many other Asian and African countries. Basil has long been used as a sacred and noble herb. In fact, the word “basil” comes from the ancient Greek “basilikon” which means “royal”.
Today, Ocimum basilicum (the scientific name for basil) grows in many places around the world. Many people even grow basil in their kitchen garden. This fragrant herb is used as a seasoning in a variety of dishes and plays a key role in Italian and Thai cuisine.
Tulsi or Holy basil is a widely known herb in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to India and vastly cultivated throughout Southeast Asia. Tulsi has proved to be highly effective in protecting our body from various infections and diseases of heart, liver, skin, kidney etc. So, Tulsi is rightly called the ‘Queen of Herbs’.Tulsi has a special place in Ayurveda as well as the home of Hindus in India. It is considered sacred by Hindus and worshipped by them.