What is Tulsi?
Tulsi (pronounced tool-see) is a member of the mint family (Occimum sanctum) native to southern Asia. Tulsi is also known as holy basil, but don’t confuse it with the basil used in Italian and Thai cuisine. Tulsi is a central component of the Ayurvedic medicinal system, revered for its soothing, adaptogenic qualities. Since ancient times, the people of the Indian subcontinent have held this plant to be sacred. In traditional Indian homes, it is customary to grow a pot of tulsi on the religious altar. Tulsi is believed to be the living embodiment of the benevolent goddess Tulasi.