Ocimum tenuiflorum (synonym Ocimum sanctum), commonly known as holy basil, tulasi (sometimes spelled thulasi) or tulsi, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics.Tulasi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian subcontinent as a medicinal plant and a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda, and has an important role within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. This plant is revered as an elixir of life.The variety of Ocimum tenuiflorum used in Thai cuisine is referred to as Thai holy basil (กะเพรา kaphrao); it is not to be confused with Thai basil, which is a variety of Ocimum basilicum.Ocimum is a genus of aromatic annual and perennial herbs and shrubs in the family Lamiaceae. Its best known species are the cooking herb Cooking basil, O. basilicum and this medicinal herb Tulsi (holy basil) , O. tenuiflorum. Most culinary and ornamental basils are cultivars of Ocimum basilicum.
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