Holy Basil

Holy Basil has a history of being used for the common cold and bronchitis. It has been used as a traditional medicine in India.

Holy Basil Overview

Reviewed: July 17, 2014

Holy basil is a plant native to India, where it is known as tulsi. The leaves, stem, flower, root, seeds, and even the whole plant are used for various medicinal purposes. 

Holy basil is used most often for arthritis, common cold, diabetes, fever, and peptic ulcer.

Holy basil is used for arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cholesterol, common cold, diabetes, fever, malaria, peptic ulcer, stress, and as a mosquito repellent. 

Paste of holy basil leaves is used to treat ringworm. 

Holy basil has not been proven effective for all of the uses listed above. Holy basil may be used for other conditions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Side Effects of Holy Basil

Data is limited. There is evidence from animal studies that suggests that holy basil may possibly decrease fertility in both males and females. 

This is not a complete list of Holy basil’s side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Holy Basil Interactions

There are no well-studied drug interactions. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Holy Basil Precautions

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using holy basil if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to become pregnant.