Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
It is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to counter life’s stresses and anxieties. It is also used to treat upset stomach, flu, headaches, bronchitis, diabetes, and asthma.
In cooking, holy basil is often added to stir-fry dishes and spicy soups because of its peppery taste. Cookbooks sometimes call it "hot basil."
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