USDA Organic Holy basil also known as Tulsi in Hindi, is steeped in tradition and is one of India s most sacred herbs. This plant is found in or around most Hindi homes and temples throughout India. It is rumored to protect those who cultivate it from misfortune, and to spiritually purify and guide them toward heaven. In fact, it is such an important plant in the lives of the Hindi that it is cared for with reverence in daily ceremonial use. In addition to its reputation as a sacred herb, holy basil has a long history of use as a primary herb in Ayurveda. Its slightly spicy flavor - with just a hint of clove - has made it a popular ingredient in many culinary dishes. Alvita. Natural Herb Teas That are Good for You.