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What is holy basil?

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Holy basil is related to the familiar sweet basil that's used in cooking. Its leaves are pale green and have a somewhat hairy appearance.

Holy basil has long been used as a traditional medicine in China and India. Some cultures regard the plant as sacred.

From: Holy Basil WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Holy basil ( .)." Ocimum sanctum L

Hakkim, F. , Oct. 31, 2007. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Mondal, S. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, October-December, 2009.

National Institutes of Health: "Ocimum sanctum L (Holy Basil or Tulsi) and its phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of cancer."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Holy basil ( .)." Ocimum sanctum L

Hakkim, F. , Oct. 31, 2007. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Mondal, S. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, October-December, 2009.

National Institutes of Health: "Ocimum sanctum L (Holy Basil or Tulsi) and its phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of cancer."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

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