Basil - Holy Basil - Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum syn. tenuiflorum) Tulsi Tulasi Aromatic Holy Basil Heirloom Herb
Height 3 ft
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is native to India and is commonly used in the traditional Indian foods and in their medicine system known as Ayurveda. Holy basil is sometimes called 'hot basil' because of its peppery taste. Chemicals in holy basil are thought to decrease pain and swelling. Holy Basil, also called tulsi or tulasi, is a flowering plant of the mint family (Lamiaceae) grown for its aromatic leaves. Holy basil is native to the Indian subcontinent and grows throughout Southeast Asia.
It is said that the predominant cause of global morbidity and mortality is lifestyle-related chronic diseases, many of which can be addressed through Ayurveda with its focus on healthy lifestyle practices and regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs.
This plant is well known for its medicinal and spiritual properties in Ayurveda which includes aiding cough, asthma, diarrhea, fever, dysentery, arthritis, eye diseases, indigestion, and gastric ailments.
Components like ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, and eugenol work to reduce inflammation. Since they also have antibacterial and antioxidant properties, the compounds found in holy basil may also reduce plaque buildup on your teeth and lower your risk of developing other periodontal conditions.
Bees absolutely LOVE Holy basil. They will flock to it when its flowering and ignore other plants. It also attracts butterflies in multitudes, as well as other pollinators and even hummingbirds. If you are keen on attracting pollinators or butterflies then this plant is a must for you!
- Full sun
- Direct sow outdoors after the last frost. Cover slightly with 1/4 in soil and tamp in. Water in lightly Spacing: 2 ft
- OR start seeds indoors in moist well draining soil mix in containers or pots about 5 weeks prior to last frost; cover the seeds slightly with soil as they require light for germination.
- Tulsi seeds will germinate about 2 weeks after planting, and will grow its first set of true leaves 2-3 weeks later. The plants should be ready for transplant another 2-3 weeks. Transplant outdoors when all risk of frost has passed.
- Spacing: 2 ft apart if placing in rows
- Seed Count: 50