Holy Basil Leaves

So-named because it is often cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, holy basil, also known as tulsi, can be made into an essential oil. Enjoyed as herbal tea, which is said to relieve stress, the plant is commonly used in Ayurveda rituals, and it plays an important role in Hinduism’s Vaishnavite tradition. It is used in cooking as a seasoning in sweet breads and fruit dishes.

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