• Krishna tulsi is used for the common cold, influenza (“the flu”), H1N1 (swine) flu, diabetes,asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, fever, viralhepatitis, malaria, stress, and tuberculosis. It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
  • Krishna tulsi is applied to the skin for ringworm.
  • In cooking, Krishna tulsi is often added to stir-fry dishes and spicy soups because of its peppery taste. Cookbooks sometimes call it “hot basil.”


  • It acts as a detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
  • Therefore it is good for skin – both when consumed and applied topically.
  • It is also effective in treating skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms.
  • It can be made into teas or can be had raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.
  • It has antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • It helps in relieving from fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu and chest congestion.
  • It is also beneficial in treating respiratory ailments like chronic bronchitis, asthma et cetera.
  • Helps relieve stress, strengthen immunity, and facilitate proper digestion.
  • It is loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A and C
  • Regular tulsi consumption can also aid in balancing various bodily processes.
  • It counters elevated blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for diabetics.
  • It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones. It is also beneficial for those who have kidney stones.
  • According to the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, tulsi can help in maintaining normal levels of the stress hormone – cortisol in the body.
  • It can wards off harmful effects of free radicals.
  • Is great for dental health and for healthy gums.
  • Is an effective insect repellant and can aid in treating insect bite.
  • Is also beneficial in treating conditions like hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu.
  • It is also known as adaptogen.


No side effects are known.


Unknown, please consult with your doctor.

Other names

Ajaka, Albahaca Santa, Bai Gkaprow, Baranda, Basilic Indien, Basilic Sacré, Basilic Sacré Pourpre, Basilic Saint, Brinda, Green Holy Basil, Hot Basil, Indian Basil, Kala Tulsi, Kemangen, Krishna Tulasi, Krishna Tulsi, Manjari, Ocimum sanctum, Ocimum tenuiflorum, Parnasa, Patrapuspha, Rama Tulsi, Red Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Sacred Purple Basil, Shyama Tulsi, Sri Tulasi, Suvasa Tulasi, Tulasi, Tulsi, Tulsi Patra


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