Holy Basil Interactions Overview

Check For Interactions With Holy Basil

Holy Basil

Also known as
  • Ocimum tenuiflorum
  • Ocimum sanctum
Holy Basil Holy basil, also known as tulsi (which in Hindi means 'the incomparable one'), is an herb often used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has small, oval-shaped leaves that are typically light green in color, with a slightly bitter/spicy flavor. Holy basil has historically been used to treat a variety of ailments, including stress, anxiety, and respiratory problems. It is also used in traditional Hindu ceremonies. It is important to note that basil and holy basil are two different varieties of herb. While they are both members of the same plant family (Lamiaceae) and are used for similar purposes, they are distinct varieties with different flavors and uses. For example, basil has a slightly sweeter flavor than holy basil.
There are 208 drugs known to interact with Holy Basil

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Holy Basil Information

Is Holy Basil Safe? Are There Any Warnings?

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is generally considered safe for most people when used in moderate amounts. However, like with any herbal supplement, there are a few precautions to keep in mind. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement, especially if you have any existing medical conditions or are taking other medications. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also exercise caution and consult with their healthcare provider before using holy basil.

How Is Holy Basil Thought To Work?

Holy Basil is believed to work through its active compounds, such as eugenol, rosmarinic acid, and ocimumosides. These compounds possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help combat oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body. Holy Basil is also thought to have adaptogenic effects, meaning it may help the body adapt to stress and promote overall well-being.


When consumed orally, Holy Basil is absorbed from the digestive tract and its compounds are metabolized in the liver. The active components are then distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. The elimination half-life of Holy Basil can vary, but it is generally considered to be eliminated from the body within a few hours.

Interaction Overview (See Below For Full List)

Holy Basil may interact with certain medications or supplements, so it's important to be cautious. It may enhance the effects of sedative medications, leading to excessive drowsiness. Additionally, Holy Basil may interact with anticoagulant drugs, increasing the risk of bleeding. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before combining Holy Basil with any medications or supplements to avoid potential interactions.

Common Side Effects To Watch For

While Holy Basil is generally safe, some individuals may experience mild side effects. These can include nausea, stomach upset, or skin irritation. If you notice any concerning symptoms or have an allergic reaction after taking Holy Basil, it is advisable to discontinue use and seek medical attention.

Drugs that interact with Holy Basil

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