'Ocimum tenuiflorum, o.sanctum'
An annual basil reaching 50cm. Frost tender. Holy basil has a very rich history and is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus. It requires the same conditions as 'Sweet Basil'. The flowers are highly fragrant and hint of cloves and cinnamon. Add leaves sparingly to salads.
Medicinal uses: Holy Basil is said to have powerful antioxidant properties as well as being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It may help with certain conditions including stress, indigestion, inflammation and colds to name a few. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine, but the scientific evidence to back up the claims is scarce and mostly anecdotal. Holy Basil should not be consumed when pregnant, have bleeding disorders or about to have surgery.