Holy Basil: Clear Mind & Heart


Common Name:  Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Latin Name:  Ocimum sanctum
Family:  Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Parts used:  all above ground
Tissue or system affinity:  heart, brain, circulatory system
Taste:  sweet, slightly bitter, aromatic
Energetics:  cooling, drying
Actions:  adaptogen, antibacterial, antiviral, carminative, hypotensive

Uses:  internally as a tincture or tea; Ayurvedic herb from India used for centuries; lowers histamine levels; general tonic for overall wellness; protects the heart from stress; lowers blood pressure; lowers cholesterol levels; stabilizes blood sugar levels; a good herb for Type II Diabetes; anti-inflammatory in that it down-regulates excessive immune responses (auto-immune diseases, asthma); enhances cerebral circulation and mental acuity; can safely use this herb long-term


2 thoughts on “Holy Basil: Clear Mind & Heart

  1. Hi Lindsey,

    Love holy basil. Is there any one variety of holy basil that grows well in our area. (Rama, vana, or krishna?) I live in North MS but not sure if that would make that much of a difference.

    Also, I ordered holy basil recently thinking it was the Rama variety, but it was Kapoor and I hated it! Do you know anything about this variety?

    Thanks! Jennifer

    On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary wrote:

    > sweetgumsprings posted: ” Common Name: Holy Basil (Tulsi) Latin Name: > Ocimum sanctum Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family) Parts used: all above > ground Tissue or system affinity: heart, brain, circulatory system Taste: > sweet, slightly bitter, aromatic Energetics: cooling, dryin” >

    • Actually, Kapoor is my favorite variety that I find to grow the best around here! It did well in MS and the mountains of western NC… I find the other varieties to be too strong and peppery for me. However, if you need more of that peppery taste, the other two would be the ones to go for. What did you not like about Kapoor?

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