Tulsi, Vana — Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), packet of 30 seeds, Organic

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Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)

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

(Vana Tulsi, Clove Basil, African Basil, Vantulasi, Wild Holy Basil, Tree Basil) Perennial bush basil to 5 feet, native to India and East Africa, a wild species brought into cultivation.  These seeds grown at our farm, secluded from other basils.  The plants are woody-stemmed and actually overwinter indoors more readily than the other tulsi types.  I have brought them successfully through a winter, planted in gallon pots on an indoor windowsill.  Source of eugenol (oil of clove).  The plant is handsome and aromatic, slightly hairy, green-leaved.  As a garden grown tea herb, it weighs up heavily and may be used by itself or blended with leaves of other types of tulsi. Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.  Tulsi seed is a light-depndent germinator, and you can increase germ rates by holding the seed in the palm of your hand in the direct sunlight before planting.  Prepare a flat of potting soil or a fine seedbed in spring and scatter seeds on surface, then press in and keep evenly moist and warm until germination, which is rapid.  Transplant or thin to 2 to 3 feet apart.

Packet of 30 seeds, Certified Organically Grown

 

 

Tulsi, Vana — Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), packet of 30 seeds, Organic