Holy Basil

Tulsi Kapoor

Botanical name: Ocimum tenuiflorum

กะเพรา kaphrao

 

 

 

Tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae (tribe ocimeae) Within India, tulsi has been adopted into spiritual rituals and lifestyle practices that provide a vast array of health benefits that are just beginning to be confirmed by modern science. This emerging science on tulsi, which reinforces ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, suggests that tulsi is a tonic for the body, mind and spirit that offers solutions to many modern day health problems.

Tulsi is "holier than holy. Where the breeze blows through Tulsi plants, it makes the surrounding areas pure. Kapoor is the best Holy Basil for temperate gardens." 

Isolated O. sanctum extracts have some antibacterial activity against E. coli, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa

 

 

 

Krishna Tulsi

Ocimum tenuiflorum

(available)

 

has a purple-tinge to its leaves. The Krishna variety makes a delicious tea and is the most potent, being tested highest in concentrations

 
 

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Rama Tulsi

(not yet available)

 

Ocimum sanctum is the short, annual, heavily flowered plant that was originally introduced to the U.S. as "Holy Basil". It is the most common type found in cultivation; aromatic, used for purifying space, in the same way incense is used. A purple stemmed, highly aromatic plant of the Ayurvedic tradition. This variety is said to be one of the best in terms of medicinal compounds; adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial and immune enhancing. Well suited for warmer climates.

 
 

 

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Vana Tulsi

(not yet available)

Also known as Forrest Tulsi

 

 

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