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.
Our “mama” plants are the deepest purple we can grow, but somehow they threw some green seedings this year. The green is much more robust than the purple so we don’t want to leave them in the greenhouse for long.
We’re not sure what they’ll do as they get older. They taste just like the purple plants and it does appear that their stems are starting to turn purple.
While supplies last, buy one purple tulsi and we’ll send a free green tulsi. (Or for people who’d rather have the extra robust plants, ask for two green plants.) Make sure to keep them separated if you want to collect seeds for purple plants.
And now back to our normal description of holy basil:
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 are provided for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The plants sold on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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