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Scientific Name: Ocimum gratissimum
Alternative Names: East Indian Tree Basil, Clove Basil, African basil

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Ocimum gratissimum


  • Perennial
  • Tulsi Vana (Holy Basil) is native to India, Sri Lanka, Java and the northern and eastern parts of Africa.
  • It is one of four main forms of Tulsi that are generally recognized and cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes - they all have similar values.
  • Tulsi Vana is a ceremonial plant of Indian spiritual tradition.
  • It is a perennial, woody bush basil that can grow up to 2m high with highly aromatic, slightly hairy green leaves with a strong clove scent and spicy flavor.
  • Tulsi Vana must be protected from frost and in temperate areas it can be grown as an annual.
  • It will do well in pots, prefers full sun and will tolerate dry conditions.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are infused for tea and are used for flavouring.

Parts Used

  • The leaves, seeds and oil.
  • Harvest just before flowering for medicinal use - it can be frozen for later use as well as be dried.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Tulsi Vana improves immunity and contributes to a general sense of well-being.
  • A tea made with the leaves tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to body, mind and spirit - it enhances physical and mental endurance and increases assimilation of oxygen and nutrients to the bloodstream.
  • The strong antioxidant activity slows the aging process and helps prevent and treat cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and dementia.
  • It normalizes both blood pressure and cholesterol levels and will help to overcome coughs colds, flu and fever and assists digestion.
  • Tulsi Vana is warming, has antiseptic qualities, clears bacterial infections, strengthens the immune system and is considered to be a tonic and adaptogenic.
  • Tulsi Vana is an excellent wellness drink to help quit drinking coffee.
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