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Basil, Indian (Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum)

Basil, Indian


anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic, antifugal, hypoglycemic, detoxifying, diuretic, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-anxiety

Areas of application:

strengthens the immune system, swelling, inflammation on the skin, skin irritations, acne, soothes skin rashes, ringworm, wounds, relieves mucus congestion in the lungs in asthma or bronchitis, has a positive effect on all damage to the lungs caused by smoking, environmental influences or other diseases , protects the heart from free radicals, lowers cholesterol levels, lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and increases beneficial HDL cholesterol, oxidative stress in the body, calms the nerves, lowers blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, lowers uric acid levels, flushes out toxins , cleanses the kidneys, headaches, mild pain, relieves kidney pain, depression, anxiety, relieves stress, reduces stomach acid, drives away insects

Plant parts used:

the whole herb

Collection time:

at any time

To find:

Native to Asia and northern Australia. Found in India as a garden plant and arable plant.


Vitamins, antioxidants, essential oil, eugenol, methyl eugenol, estragole, tannins, flavonoids


☕ Tea: 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried leaves are poured with 1 cup of boiling water and left to steep for 5 to 6 minutes. Strain and drink.

Indian basil grows upright in the form of a bush about 30 to 60 cm high. The ovate leaves are green or purple, stalked and up to 5 cm long. The edge is usually, but not always, serrated. The anise-scented leaves are strongly aromatic and have a spicy, slightly bitter taste. They grow in dense clumps at the base of reddish or brownish-purple stems. Tiny purple flowers grow in an elongated raceme above the leaves. The flower stalks are red and hairy.

🛑 Indian basil should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and it is also not recommended if you have an underactive thyroid. Diabetics should only use the plant in consultation with a doctor, even if they have blood clotting disorders. Since Indian basil can affect blood clotting. You should not take the plant for 2 weeks before a planned operation.

In the kitchen, Indian basil is used in the same way as other types of basil, except that it tastes more bitter than the others.

In India the plant is found in many courtyards and house entrances. For many Hindus, the Indian shrub is known in religious life under the name Tulsi, as a particularly holy herb. It plays a role in religious ceremonies and is associated with many legends.

Indian basil plays a major role in the healing art of Ayurveda.

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