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Holy Basil

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Ocimum sanctum/tenuiflorum

Plant family: Lamiaceae

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is a lovely annual with a floral or clove-like flavor and can be grown just like any other basil plant. Its a nice companion plant for tomatoes and peppers and makes a lovely addition to any herb garden or edible landscape. Pinch off the flowering tops to keep the plants bushy and producing abundant leaves, which can be worked with as a tea, infused in honey, incorporated into pestos, or all kinds of other herbal creations. Then later in the season before the first frost, let the flower heads develop into seed pods, which can be stored for planting again in the spring. This plant is known as a gentle adaptogen that can assist the body in dealing with stress, mental exhaustion, and fatigue. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and there are several varieties.


These statements are for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult a licensed health care professional before consuming a new plant -- especially if you are pregnant or have pre-existing medical conditions.


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