Herb Profile: Tulsi

Tulsi, Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Tulsi O. sanctum; O.tenuiflorum  

Loved for its divine aroma Tulsi Basil is equally as powerful as a medicine as its scent. Tulsi is native to India where it’s able to grow abundantly and year round. Perhaps its most unique quality is Tulsi’s ability to work on both the sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous system. Therefore Tulsi can be used both for stimulating focus in the mind or for relaxation, according to how it is taken. Not officially an adaptogen, Tulsi comes very close and is often referred to as “adaptogenic tonic.” Tulsi’s influence on the autonomic nervous system makes it a great ally for dealing with stress in general.

The pungent flavor of Tulsi lends to its use as a carminative that stimulates appetite and digestion. This pungency is warming and moving, helping to move excess heat from the bloodstream and liver as well as opening up the skin & lungs. Tulsi’s opening affect on the lungs removes mucus & makes the plant a useful medicine for cold and flus & acute respiratory conditions. Tulsi is great as a daily tonic or simply as a tea time beverage, as the aroma has a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face!

 We grow three varieties of tulsi: temperate, rama and vana. You can learn mnore about the differences at Strictly Medicinal


Tulsi makes a divine and super aromatic tea either fresh or dry. Drink simple tulsi tea or try with other calmative nervines such as lemon balm, scullcap, oats and rose.

Try adding fresh tulsi leaves to your salads.

Also makes a great tincture and delicious glycerine.

Infuse into oil to use as a perfume. Simply dab some on the wrists and neck or use a perfume roller.

Tulsi infused honeys makes the perfect addition to your teas or as a drizzle on desserts.



Safe and delicious!



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