Thai Holy Basil (or Bai Krapao) is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine and is unfortunately not very well known over here yet.
The fragrant leaves remind of pimento and cloves. They are added towards the end of the cooking process, that’s the best way to release their aroma.
Holy Basil is available in most Asian grocery stores in bags in the refrigerated section.
In India, the plant is called Tulsi (or Tulasi) after the goddess that according to Hindu-mythology it is an incarnation of. There it is mainly used for religious or medical purposes. It also plays an important role in Ayurveda: It is supposed to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, work as an antidepressant, and also be effective against a lot of diseases.
So it’s probably not a bad idea to put a generous amount of these leaves into your