Please be sure to read our Plant Replacement Policy before purchasing live plants. These plants are “leggier” than usual because of an insect invasion earlier this year. They’re healthy again (thanks to neem oil sprays and soil drenches) but only online now because we fear that it will soon be too cold to ship very far. If you don’t need one now, we recommend that you wait for spring.
Krishna Tulsi — also known as holy basil — is considered to be a sacred plant in Ayurveda because it has important uses as a medicinal herb.
The purple-tinged Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) really stands out among the neem trees in our greenhouse. Used in religious ceremonies as well as cooking, tulsi may have medicinal qualities similar to neem but it’s a smaller plant that’s easy to grow in a sunny window.
A recent clinical study on anxiety confirms the traditional use of tulsi as a calming tea. Other research indicates that tulsi may have immune-boosting properties in mice. *
For more information, visit http://www.donnieyance.com/holy-basil-an-herb-with-incomparable-benefits/ from Donnie Yance, an internationally known master herbalist and nutritionist and author of “Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism.” *
While tulsi can be used in recipes that call for basil, it has a much stronger taste. Most often, it’s used in a tea made pouring boiling water over two teaspoons of fresh tulsi leaves. Allow to cool and then strain off the tea before drinking.
*Statements on this website and the sites linked from it have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products sold on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS: Please contact us before placing an order. Some customers, including those in Canada and the EU, must pay for a $60.00 phytosanitary inspection before trees or living plants can be shipped. Canadian buyers also must purchase an import permit from their government.