Tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae that’s thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the eastern world tropics. Tulsi is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers. Tulsi leaves are oval-shaped with a slightly sharp tip, and the edges are slightly toothed.
There are two common types of tulsi: Rama tulsi has a white stem and green leaves, and Shyam tulsi has a dark pinkish-purple stem and leaves. Both types are similar in smell and benefits.
1/4 cup of fresh tulsi leaves (six grams) includes the following (listed in recommended daily values):