17. Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
- Medicinal Use: GI Issues, Respiratory Problems, Insect Bites
The reason this version of Basil stands out is due to its connection to Hinduism. The Holy Basil is essentially worshipped as the earthly avatar of the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi. Due to this, many treat Holy Basil as a healing agent. However, it cannot quite do as much as some claim.
For centuries, however, it has been a truly proven insect repellant. It has also shown some signs of helping people deal with symptoms of respiratory issues, as well as GI problems. However, Holy Basil cannot, in any way, help against the flu, diabetes, the common cold, or cancer as some tend to claim. Although it may help with some symptoms from them.