Tulsi, Amrita — Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) seeds, organic

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Syn. Ocimum sanctum

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, most closely resembling Rama Tulsi*) Perennial tea basil originally from India.  An outstanding cultivar for producing the true tropical-type tulsi tea (as opposed to tea of temperate tulsi).  Amrita tulsi makes larger plants than the other types, with excellent vigor and yield.  The plants are grown at our farm here in the USA, in seclusion, in order to produce the seed offered here. Leaves as shown, green with purple highlights, on a densely-leaved, purple-stemmed 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.  Prepare a flat of potting soil or a fine seedbed in spring.  Remember that tulsi is a light-dependent germinator, so it actually helps to hold the seeds in the palm of your hand up to the sunlight to get them started.  Then plant not too deeply, so they still get light. Scatter seeds on surface, press in and keep evenly moist, in strong light and very warm until germination, which is rapid.  Transplant or thin to 2 feet apart.

Packet contains 50 seeds
1 g contains ~2,000 seeds
5 g contains ~10,000 seeds
10 g contains ~20,000 seeds

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 of this study.  The photos correspond closely to the types offered here at Strictly Medicinal Seeds.

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  1. mary

    A garden delight


    Less robust than Tulsi Vana and more flavorful than Temperate Tulsi, this tulsi is a real beauty in the garden, with its purple stems delicate green leaves. The seeds germinated well when planted indoors in flats and kept at 65F under grow lights in April. They transplanted well in June into rich, well-drained garden soil with 8-hour sun exposure. While not as great a producer as the other two tulsis, I will definitely plant this in the future for its beauty and the delicately flavorful tea it makes. I dug and potted the plants in the garden before our first Zone 3 frost and brought some plants in the house and others in the winter greenhouse to try to overwinter this tender perennial for year-round harvest. Will follow-up on how they survive the low light conditions and cool temperatures during a long, northern MN winter. I’m already planning to grow the Rama and Krishna cousins to this tulsi next season!

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  2. etumibay02

    Sprouted quickly

    etumibay02 (verified owner)

    Sprouted in 4 days. I followed the planting instructions in a recycled transparent salad tub, and set them outside where they can get morning sun. Tub was covered loosely to protect from wind and keep soil moist. Once sprouts looks healthy they were moved to a pot where they receive sun for 6+ hours.

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