The Queen of Herbs" i.e. Ocimum Sanctum or Holy Tulsi is today in every house of India. Tulsi has been respected in India for over five thousand years, as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit, and is known to bestow an amazing number of health benefits. Tulsi is an erect sweet -scented young herb, max. 4 ft. in height, growing in abundance near cultivated field gardens and waste lands. Its leaves, seeds and whole plant is useful. Ayurvedic practice recommends Tulsi in several formulations to enhance immunity and metabolic functions as well as in the management of respiratory problems. Tulsi leaves are most commonly boiled with the usual morning tea for its soothing flavour. Tulsi reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.
PLANTING AND CARE
It is found growing naturally in moist soil nearly all over the globe. Kapoor is the best Holy Basil for temperate gardens. Acts like an annual, and is even known to self-seed in a temperate climate, which is quite unusual for basil.
CARING FOR BASIL
Every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds.
Clean away from around the base of the rosebushes any trimmed debris that can harbor disease and insects.