Common Name: Ocimum Tenuiflorum, Holy Basil, Tulsi, Sacred Basil
Tulsi is an aromatic perennial plant in subtropical regions, while became an annual in cold and temperate climates, indoor can be grown all year round independently. Closely related to Basil, it is widespread and cultivated throughout all Asia, for its religious and medicinal purposes. Tulsi shrub grows up to 50 cm in height and boasts stems which are covered with fine hairs. Leaves are opposite and ovate, ranging from green to purple depending upon the variety, and have slightly toothed edges. Its flowers are purple, grow in clusters and are highly aromatic. Tulsi offers a minty clove-like flavor similar to that of traditional basil, just much stronger.
Plants are very frost sensitive, and should not be moved outdoors until several weeks after the last frost. They grows easily from both seeds and green cuttings. You can cut Tulsi stem from an established plant, remove all the flowers and most the leaves, place them in a glass of water on a sunny window. Cuttings would need a warm environment and fresh water time to time to root after just a couple of weeks. It’s best to continuously harvest small amounts of the herb to allow a continuous grown.
Traditional medicine relies on this plant for centuries because can cure and help with some of the most common ailments. Tulsi has very potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties. A powerful disinfectant that can protect our body from all types of infections. Few leaves of this generous plant used regularly can help strength our immune system.
Packed with antioxidants as well as immune-enhancing qualities, the phytochemicals present in it help protect us from damages caused by free radicals, delaying aging process which doesn’t sound bad at all!
An other peculiarity is the way interacts with our metabolism, which help in weigh loss, when coupled with increased physical activity combined with a healthy diet. It also increases sensitivity to insulin, lowering one’s blood sugar when treating diabetes. Consume it raw, plucked fresh from the plant or add it in your tea to enjoy some of his benefits.
Tulsi is known to have very strong anti- stress compounds and this might be helpful for example, for whom try to quit smoking. By lowering the stress that may be involved when trying to quit smoking, could ease the process naturally. It also has a cooling effect on the throat, and may help control the urge to smoke by allowing the person to chew on something.