Definition of holy basil in US English:

holy basil


  • A kind of basil that is venerated by Hindus as a sacred plant.

    Ocimum sanctum, family Labiatae

    Also called tulsi
    • ‘According to her, basil - holy basil or tulsi as its known in Northern India - could cure anything.’
    • ‘Choose herbs based on your skin type: lavender flowers and rose petal powder, for example, work well for dry or normal skin, and Neem powder, citrus peel powder and holy basil powder for oily skin.’
    • ‘From sandalwood incense to enhance the benefits of meditation to water infused with holy basil for purifying the environment, aromas have been a pleasant way to infuse the human psycho-physiology with the healing wisdom of plants.’