Also known as "tulasi," "Holy Basil," "The Incomparable One" and "Elixir of Life," tulsi is an herb used in Ayurveda.
In Ayurvedic practice, common uses of tulsi include treatments for:
Asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, flu, sinusitis, sore throat, High blood pressure, high cholesterol, Headaches, earaches, eye disorders, Skin diseases, insect bites, Cramping, gastric disorders, indigestion, intestinal parasites, mouth diseases, ulcers, vomiting, Diabetes, blood sugar imbalances, Joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, Kidney stones, Malaria, Cancer.
A powerful adaptogenic herb (an herb that reduces stress and increases energy).
Able to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
High in antioxidants.
Immune-modulating (able to increase or decrease the immune system's activity to the optimal level).
Protective of the liver, and more generally protective against certain chemical toxins and radiation, but not contraindicated by chemotherapy (so it's safe to use while receiving chemo).