Tulsi 'Rama' (Ocimum sanctum)

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Tulsi, aka Holy Basil or Queen of Herbs, is a highly aromatic perennial ayurvedic herb native to India.  It is almost effortless to grow and requires little care once established.  Like most Basil's, it has a shrubby growing habit and will reach 2-4 ft tall! Tulsi has delicate pink flowers, hairy stems, and green leaves. The plant is both edible and medicinal and utilized heavily as a cooking spice in Indian cuisine and ancient Ayurvedic medicine.

Holy Basil works wonders for you in your garden as an excellent companion plant! It's strong aromatic oils including Eugenol, Oleanoic Acid, Ursolic Acid, Rosmarinic Acid, and Linalool help make it a natural pest repellent. These constituents within the plant also contribute to the plant's traditional known medicinal effects. Grow this healthy plant in your home or garden! It's a great opportunity to pick your own fresh leaves and flowers, so you too can make your own "elixir of life" tea, as it is known for its flavor profile of being cooling and mellow, and bearing scents of peppermint, cloves, licorice and lemon.

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Growing Guide

How to Grow Tulsi

Plant Type: Perennial or Annual Herb, Dense Woody Shrub

Harvest Season: Year-round

Mature Size: 2-5 ft. tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, well-draining soil high in organic matter

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 Annual north of Zone 9.

Tulsi Care Guide

An herb for the garden, mind, body, and spirit

Tulsi has many therapeutic properties. The plant is known for being an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and anxiety, promoting mental balance. The whole plant may be used to create tonics, rubs, teas, and essential oils. Tulsi has high nutritional value, containing vitamins A & C, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll, and antioxidants that help detox your body.

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