Eastern Shore Food Lab

Ocimum tenuiflorum - Holy Basil

You can find this plant in the campus garden’s herb spiral! It is spiritually significant and is both a medicinal and edible plant.

Common name: Holy Basil
Scientific name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Plant family: Lamiaceae (the mint family) 

Primary Uses

  • Edible Parts: leaves and fresh flowers
  • Medicinal Uses: antifertility, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, cardioprotective, antiemetic, antispasmodic, analgesic, adaptogenic, diaphoretic, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties
  • Meaning of Scientific Name: also referred to as Ocimum sanctum, referring to its sacred roots.

Designing with this Plant:

  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-12
  • Forest Garden Layer: herbaceous

Sources:

http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:453130-1#vernacular-names

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ocimum+tenuiflorum

https://organicindiausa.com/about-us/tulsi-benefits-and-history