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Tulsi (Holy Basil)


Several years ago we had a guest staying with us and helping on the farm. As we were starting early in the year, she went to one of the local feed/plant stores and came home with Tulsi (Holy Basil) seeds. They grew and were quite hardy and prolific. This is when I began to learn about this great herb ally. Prior to this time, I was mainly aware of the very popular herbs like the ones that can be found each spring at the hardware store. As I began to study about this powerful herb, I was fascinated by its abilities. Now, I grow it annually and frequently use this herb in my tea blends.


Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Scientific name (latin name): Ocimum tenuiflorum


Parts used: leaves and flowering tops.


Nutrients: Vit A, Vit C, calcium, zinc, Iron, chlorophyll




Actions and uses: Tulsi is an aromatic herb. Tend to be warming and drying. It has Antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It has the ability to enhance the immune response. It is also an adaptogen. (adaptogen definition:(in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.)


Contraindications:

Blood thinning properties therefore not recommended when taking blood thinning medications

Some sources cite contraindications with pregnancy.


Preparations:

Most commonly used in tea preparation or eating the leaf right off the plant.

Could be prepared as a tincture if the taste doesn't appeal to you.




Sources:

https://www.holisticlivingschool.org/2019/05/28/june-plant-of-the-month-tulsi/

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#Not-your-basic-basil


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