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Tulsi, Rama–Rama Tulsi, Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) potted plant, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a summer annual 60 days to harvest, or a potted plant brought in for the winter

(Rama Tulsi*, Tulasi, Holy Basil) Perennial bush basil from India–the main type grown there. Purple stemmed with green leaves, sometimes tinted in purple, open form to 4 feet, flowers reddish purple. Highly aromatic plant, testing high in both eugenol and rosmarinic acid.  Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.  Plant prefers warm, rich soil in sunny garden.  Space 2 feet apart.

Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown


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    Hi want to make sure it is rama tulsi The first picture it is not clear

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, the original seed was purchased from India and labeled “rama tulsi.”

      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 Resour 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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    Admin Richo Cech

    Analysis of Tulsi cultivars: In the late summer of 2014 we undertook a sampling of 5 cultivars of tulsi in order to quantify the relative concentration of two of the main active compounds that are found in the plant. We picked the herbs in early flowering stage and carefully cleaned the samples of stem, then subjected them to analysis for content of Eugenol (responsible for the characteristic “clove” scent of good Tulsi) and Rosmarinic Acid (a caffeic acid ester that is partially responsible for the antioxidant and anxiolytic activity of good Tulsi). This was a “snapshot” analysis, because good scientific method would call for repeating the test throughout the growth cycle of the plants, but we did not have the resources to repeat the test. 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. This is why we were careful to balance the sampling so that all the types were in the same early flowering stage at sampling. Both Eugenol and Rosmarinic acid 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

    Temperate Tulsi: 0.74 Eugenol, 5.53 Rosmarinic Acid

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