An Essential Guide to Holy Basil

An Essential Guide to Holy Basil
An Essential Guide to Holy Basil

Even though Summer has begun, your days may be less than relaxing. With the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, the activities or trips you were planning have likely been put on hold. You have probably also binge-watched all of your favorite shows on Netflix (maybe even more than once) to help you unwind as you spend more time indoors.

If you’re finding that your Summer is feeling less than sunny, including Holy Basil in your routine may help. For thousands of years, this herb has been traditionally used to relax the nerves and encourage positivity, and it remains a powerful tool today.* Discover more about Holy Basil and why it is considered an herbal essential.

Holy Basil for Botanical Balance*

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a perennial herb, which means that it can grow at least two years, and is native to South and Southeast Asia. Favoring warm, tropical climates, Holy Basil blooms during the summer months. However, if you plant Holy Basil seeds in containers, they will be able to grow year-round as long as they are moved inside during the winter months.1 The aerial parts (the leaves, stems, and seeds) are used in herbal remedies. This herb produces beautiful, tiny purple flowers, which are edible and can be used in many ways. They are a delicious addition to salads and delightful to brew for a tea.

Holy Basil is one of the most popular herbs we grow on our certified organic farm. Visitors' eyes light up when they step into the Holy Basil fields with the aromatic, bright green leaves and regal stalks of purple flowers.

History of Holy Basil

Holy Basil, also referred to as Tulsi, has been revered for thousands of years in Ayurveda and traditional Western herbalism. Records of Holy Basil can be found in the “Charaka Samhita,” an Ayurvedic text believed to have been written around 400-200 BCE and considered to be the most important text in Ayurveda.2 In this text, Holy Basil is described as “the incomparable one” and is believed to be a reincarnation of the goddess Tulasi, a consort of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. This sacred plant is considered to represent fidelity and has been used for spiritual growth.* Holy Basil is categorized as a Rasayana, which means that it supports a foundation of wellness within the body.* In Ayurveda, this foundation begins in the chakras, or energy centers, of the body. Holy Basil is believed to be capable of balancing the chakras, as well as promoting goodness and virtue.*3

In Western herbalism, Holy Basil is considered to be an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that help create homeostasis, or balance, within the body.* These herbs can benefit the body in many ways, including stress support, nourishing the adrenal glands, balancing the mood, and even supporting immune health.*

Field of Holy Basil herb in bloom


Our Favorite Holy Basil Products

Adrenal Health® Daily Support

Nourishing the adrenal glands is essential when combatting stress. If the adrenals are fatigued, you are likely to feel run-down and depleted. Because the adrenals affect so many internal functions, including the body’s stress response, sleep patterns, and mood, it's vital that these glands are taken care of. Our best-selling Adrenal Health® Daily Support formula contains a revitalizing blend of adaptogenic herbs including Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and Schisandra to help take care of your adrenals when the daily stressors of life are taking a toll on your body, so you can stay feeling energized.*

Calm A.S.A.P.®

Stress can come from all directions, but there are certain situations that feel more intense than others such as a job interview or a doctor's appointment. For these occasions of increased anxiousness, getting quick support is important to maintain a clear head. Calm A.S.A.P.® is an award-winning formula to help you remain calm and collected when you are facing life's challenging moments.*

Holy Basil Leaf

Holy Basil contains many essential oils such as Eugenol and Ursolic and Rosmarinic acids. These offer antioxidant support and further aid in creating equilibrium within the body.* We offer this revered adaptogenic herb in both a Holy Basil Leaf, Certified Organic liquid extract as well as Holy Basil Leaf Liquid Phyto-Caps® so you can pick the format that works best for your lifestyle.

Stress Response®

Giving the body extra support to help manage stress is essential, especially as we continue to adjust to our “new normal” of quick, masked grocery store trips and staying six feet apart from others. Stress Response® is a synergistic blend of adaptogens that can help you better cope with extra stress.* Made with Holy Basil, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, and Schisandra, this formula can help you live a more balanced life and maintain healthy energy levels, so stress doesn’t leave you feeling rundown.*

Stay Centered with Holy Basil*

Even if the days are now bright and sunny outside, you may not be feeling the same. In these times, remember there are herbs that can help you create your own sunshine.* Holy Basil is one of these herbs and it truly lives up to its nickname of “the incomparable one.” With its adaptogenic properties that help the body adapt to various kinds of stress, this may be the perfect herb to help us all navigate through this unique year.* 

1 What Is Holy Basil – Holy Basil Uses and Growing Conditions. Gardening Know How.
2 The Ancient Ayurvedic Writings. The Ayurveda Institute.
3 Winston, David. Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. 2019.