- 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 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.
- The leaves are infused for tea and are used for flavoring.
- The leaves, seeds, and oil.
- Harvest just before flowering for medicinal use - it can be frozen for later use as well as being dry.
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 improves physical and mental tolerance.
- Tulsi Vana is an excellent wellness drink to help quit drinking coffee.