Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) isn’t your basic basil. This green leafy plant is native to Southeast Asia. It has a history within Indian medicine as a treatment for many conditions and considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit.
It has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower blood sugar, cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach.