Holy basil is found throughout the lowlands of India as well as in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southern China, Thailand, and Malaysia. There are three types of Tulsi plants available — Rama tulsi (small green leaves), Krishna tulsi (dark green to purple leaves with strong taste and smell) and Vana tulsi (large green leaves and is the wild variety growing in forests).

Chemical constituents or active compounds – Tulsi contains chemical compounds such as eugenol, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, chlorophyll, caryophyllene, oleanolic acid and linolenic acid. Nutritional compounds found in tulsi include vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and zinc.


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