Perennial bush basil native to India and East Africa. Protect from frost. This is the wild form that is very high in eugenol (oil of clove). Vana tulsi is a great adaptogen from the Ayurvedic tradition.
Origination: India and East Africa
The tea of the dried leaves helps reduce the deleterious effects of stress, both physical and psychological. Enhances physical and mental endurance, increasing assimilation of oxygen and nutrients to the bloodstream. Strong antioxidant activity slows the aging process and helps prevent and treat cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia. Normalizes both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Excellent wellness drink to help quit drinking coffee. Also used during sickness to help overcome cough, cold, flu and fever. Assists digestion and is good for treating any and all maladies of the digestive system. Tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to body, mind and spirit. Growing tea basil’s brings many blessings to the household!
Height: 4 feet
Flower Color: Light green
Characteristics: The plant is handsome and aromatic, slightly hairy, green-leaved. As a garden grown tea herb, it weighs up heavily and may be used by itself or blended with leaves of other types of tulsi.
Uses: Ornament, Medicinal herb
Vana tulsi is the highest in the Euganol (responsible for the clove scent) of the tulsi’s. Start indoors in early spring in trays or pots spacing every 6 inches. Cover seeds lightly with soil and keep moist and warm until germination which can take 1-6 weeks. Transplant to full sun well-draining location once true leaves appear and space 1-2 feet apart. Water regularly