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Tulsi 'Vana' (Ocimum gratissimum)

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Vana Tulsi, or Ocimum gratissimum, is one type of Holy Basil. Holy Basil plants are the key to holistic life, according to Ayurvedic medicine. While plants as medicine are nothing new to traditional medicinal practices, some cultivars like Ocimum gratissimum give skeptics a run for their money with its proven antimicrobial effects. You could say Ocimum gratissimum is easy to grow, given its history of cultivation in South Asia and Africa for thousands of years.

Ocimum gratissimum has a shrubby growing habit like most basils, reaching 2-4 ft tall at maturity. Vana Tulsi blooms in the late summer, with ripples of tiny white flowers. The roster of strong aromatic oils of Vana Tulsi include Eugenol, Oleanolic Acid, Ursolic Acid, Rosmarinic Acid, and Linalool. These help make it a natural pest repellent, and contribute to the sensory healing powers of Tulsi — Sometimes, smelling, feeling, and tasting is believing. Grow Vana Tulsi to complete your collection of Holy Basil.

Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Harvest Season
Year-Round

Mature Size
2-5 ft. tall and wide

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

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Growth Rate
Medium

Self-Fertile
Yes

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation
Grown from seed

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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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