Basil, also called Tulsi, is a culinary herb. It has a strong, pungent, and sweet smell. Also, it’s a mint family. It helps add good flavor in meals and has many health benefits as well.


Also, it provides vitamins and minerals to your body. Moreover, Basil has a therapeutic role added to medicines as well. It helps circulate blood in the body smoothly.

Commonly Known As

LanguageNameWritten As
HindiTulsiतुलसी
GujaratiTulsiતુલસી
MarathiTuḷasaतुळस
MalayalamBēsilബേസിൽ
TamilPacilபசில்
UrduTulsiتلسی
ArabicRayhanريحان
BengaliPudināপুদিনা
FrenchBasilicBasilic

Nutritional Profile

Nutritional value is based on 100 gm per serving.

  • Calories: 22
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Potassium: 295mg
  • Carbs: 2.7gm
  • Protein: 3.2gm
  • Vitamin A: 105%
  • Calcium: 17%
  • Iron: 17%
  • Vitamin C: 30%

Health Benefits

Basil used in many Ayurvedic and holistic medicine systems. It is best for ailments, like nausea and bug bites.

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Has antioxidants

Basil helps fight free radicals in the body and protects cells of the body. It has orientin and vicenary that protect blood cells. Moreover, it helps oxidation and slows down the aging process.

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Helps fight cancer

Basil leaves contain phytochemicals that help prevent disease. Moreover, it has antioxidant activity that keeps the body healthy. So, it helps the negative impacts of cancer treatments.

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Has antibacterial properties

Basil leaves have essential oils that help to protect harmful bacteria growth. It is active enough to fight against the bacteria strains and help inhibit growth.

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Acting as an Adaptogen

Basil act as a natural Adaptogen, herbal medicine that helps the body adopt stress normalizes. Moreover, it protects cardiovascular as well.

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Side Effects

Basil leaves are not suitable for pregnant women, and also people who are diabetic patients should not consume basil leaves as it has detrimental effects on health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Tulsi & Basil the same?

Yes. Basil leaves are called Tulsi in Hindi.

Can basil leaves be eaten raw?

Yes. You can eat basil leaves raw. It has a pungent taste and tastes refreshing.

Can you boil basil leaves?

Yes. You can boil it in hot water for 10 minutes around.

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