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Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton

Sunday, September 26, 2010

TULSI - India's Sacred Herb.....'Holy Basil'

I am sitting here, drinking a lovely cup of Tulsi tea, and I realized I should share tulsi with all...Tulsi tea provides a calming effect and its anti-stress properties are well known in India.

Also known as the Queen of Herbs, it is the most important plant in the Hindu way of life.

What is Tulsi (Holy Basil)?

TULSI  (Ocimum sanctum), known as Holy Basil - is the sacred herb of India. (Please note it is a different plant from the pesto variety of Basil, Ocimum basilicum.)


It has been revered for over five thousand years as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit

The leaves, flowers, fruits, root, branches and the main stem and everything about Tulsi is sacred in India; even the soil under the Tulsi plant is holy. ( Padmapurana 24/2)

The Tulsi Shrub

Vana Tulsi

Tulsi  is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It is a bushy shrub about 18 inches high with oval and serrated leaves (the leaf colors range from light green to dark purple, depending on the variety). In the wild, tulsi is an annual, but it can be kept as a perennial by trimming it before it forms seeds. The plant has delicate lavender-colored flowers, and its fruit consists of tiny rust-colored nuts.

The Benefits of Tulsi

According to Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Tulsi promotes purity and lightness in the body, cleansing the respiratory tract of toxins and relieving digestive gas and bloating.

Tulsi leaves offer a rich source of essential oil, containing eugenol, nerol, camphor, and a variety of terpenes and flavonoids. The oil is a strong antiseptic against many kinds of disease-causing organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and parasites. The oil is also an antioxidant and is used for pain and arthritis. Recent scientific reports have confirmed its healing potential in medical conditions ranging from diabetes to cancer. Furthermore, Tulsi may even possess useful antibiotic activity, have a blood pressure lowering effect.

Tulsi Helps Soothe Stress

 A number of studies of animals have shown that tulsi protects healthy cells from the toxicity of radiation and chemotherapy and it seems to influence the neurochemistry of the brain in a way similar to antidepressant medications.

If you are taking tulsi for stress relief, some people recommend growing your own plant from seeds or cuttings and nibbling on a few leaves every day.

 (A new business idea for you! 'The Tulsi Source'...I am not kidding, what a great contribution to our society...)

In India, Every Household Grows Tulsi

this photo is from the Seeds of India website -check it out for Tulsi Seeds

Holy basil is sacred to Lord Vishnu and is an incarnation of the goddess Tulsi, offering divine protection. Many Indian families keep a living Tulsi plant in their homes – tending to it with great care and reverence.  It is typically grown in an earthen pot in the family home or in a the garden.  

Tulsi plant adorned, from tulsi tea website

Lord Shiva described the power of Tulsi , saying'

" ....Every house, every village, every forest, wherever the plant of Tulsi is grown, there misery, fear, disease and poverty do not exist. Tulsi, in all aspects and places,  is holier than holy.

Where the breeze blows through Tulsi plants, it spreads Tulsi's fragrance making the surrounding area pious and pure. Lord Vishnu and other gods shower their blessings on the people who worship and grow Tulsi....

Those who plant and nurture Tulsi in the Shiva temple or in any other place of worship,.... are twice blessed by the gods.... "

So enjoy of cup of Tulsi tea or maybe two...


  1. I've got a tulsi soap and its fantastic!!!!

  2. I must check that out....purifying, I assume.

  3. Thanks for this informative post. Recently bought some Tulsi Tea. Now know much more about it.

  4. I love green tea, and I am definitely going to try Tulsi tea!
    I am going to get some for my friends and family, also. It sounds like everyone can benefit from Tulsi tea!

  5. OK--but for me, the Summerlong basil I grow every summer for Italian cooking is holy, too.

  6. touche! lets hear it for your Summerlong that a good variety?

  7. I very much enjoyed reading your blog. It makes me feel happy inside and just smile.

  8. JW - you made my day. That is why I write this blog....thank you.

  9. Hiya! Loved your tulsi post as I love Tulsi tea too. I usually pluck few leaves and pop it into my hot cuppa tea. Once you get started, its hard to stop this habit. Thankfully the Tulsi plants is always popping fresh leaves. I hope to plant more so that I have a steady supply of this wonder herb. It also keeps my throat clear.
    Thanks for sharing your tulsi post. Keep enjoying your tea.

  10. Thank you for commenting! I must get a tulsi plant right now...

  11. Where do you get the plant from I would like to start drinking it

  12. You can click on the Tulsi Tea gadget on the sidebar here...or you can grow it! A friend gave me a Tulsi plant this year (although I still buy the tea).


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