(Ocimum gratissimum) Although there are many varieties, Vana Tulsi is generally considered the most beneficial and best tasting.

I love herbs. I am going to be sharing some of my favorites that I grow in my garden and use regularly, especially the ones which have benefited me personally. I am 60 years old and do not take any prescription meds. I use natural supplements and grow and use what I can from my own garden.

Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; ~Genesis 1:29

Culture/History: Named “holy” by Hindu spiritualists and used for thousands of years, Tulsi (Holy) Basil has many benefits for anyone and has been used for centuries. It is a plant made by our Creator for the benefit of our physical bodies.

Benefits: Considered an overall “good health” herb, good for cardiovascular as well as digestive and cognitive health, helps the body adapt to stress and sweat out toxins, helps the circulatory system and the liver, good for eye health and mouth hygiene. It makes a sweet flavorful and soothing tea.

Uses: teas and tinctures from leaves and flowers, essential oils and infused oils, also as a cooking herb

Cultivation: This warm weather, sun loving plant can grow outdoors most places while the average temperature is around 70 degrees. It grows well from seed or cuttings. If you know someone who grows it in their garden who is willing to dig up a spare plant for you, even better.

Warnings: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Has blood thinning properties so discontinue use weeks before any kind of surgery. Always consult your doctor before use if you are on medications that could react negatively.

Good Advice: I am not a doctor so I encourage you to seek out and consult with a homeopathic Doctor or physician who is open to natural remedies and treatments before you try replacing or adding to any current treatment plan you may have. Do thoroughly research anything that you are thinking about using for yourself or others.


Here are a few links to help you get started on your research:

A Complete and Easy Guide to Growing Tulsi Plant by Elilabeth Jones

Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi) – Rain Country