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Tulsi, Amrita — Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), potted plant, organic


Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and brought in for the winter

(Tea basil from Amritapuri*) Perennial tea basil originally from India.  The plants are grown at our farm here in the USA, in seclusion, in order to produce the seed offered here.  An outstanding cultivar for producing the true tropical-type tulsi tea (as opposed to tea of temperate tulsi).  Leaves as shown, green with purple highlights, on a densely-leaved bush.  Amrita has a wonderful aroma and tests for the eugenol marker compound and also tests very high for the anxiolytic compound rosmarinic acid. “Amrita” is sanskrit for “immortality” and is sometimes translated as “nectar.”  Thus “nectar of immortality.”  According to ancient folklore, the Tulsi (tulasi) plant is a manifestation of the Divine Mother on Earth, for the benefit of all creation.  Tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to body, mind and spirit. Growing tea basils brings many blessings to the household!  This is the holy basil my wife and I grow for ourselves to make into tea.  We find it very satisfying, with taste and aroma most appealing.   Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.  If you want to be an herbalist and are afraid you might tell somebody to take the wrong thing, then tell them to drink tulsi tea and you will be right every time.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

Potted plant Certified Organically Grown

  • for a discussion of morphological variability of tulsi in India, see the research article by Malay, Pandey, Bhatt, Krishnan and Bisht “Morphological variability in holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) from India, Genet Rsour Crop Evol (2015) 62:1245-1256.  Cluster analysis techniques were applied to identify three main types (green type Rama, Intermediate type (Amrita) and Black type Shyama (Krishna)).  You can find the comparative photos on page 1251)

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    Do you need a male and female plant for these to seed? Thanks! 🙂

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      Hi there, no these are self-fertile. r

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    Tulsi analysis results:
    The eugenol content of Tulsi tends to be higher before flowering, and the rosmarinic acid content tends to be higher when the plant is in full flower to seed stage.  The following test was done simultaneously on samples from 5 different cultivars, harvested in the early flowering stage. Both Eugenol (antiseptic) and Rosmarinic acid (anxiolytic) are expressed as dried wt in mg/g.  Here are the results:

    Krishna Tulsi:  4.90 Eugenol, 10.47 Rosmarinic Acid

    Rama Tulsi:  5.60 Eugenol, 5.15 Rosmarinic Acid

    Amrita Tulsi:  0.42 Eugenol, 11.27 Rosmarinic Acid

    VanaTulsi:  8.89 Eugenol, 3.51 Rosmarinic Acid

    Kapoor Tulsi:  0.74 Eugenol, 5.53 Rosmarinic Acid

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