Vana Tulsi/Holy Basil

Ocimum gratissimum

Worshipped by millions of people throughout the Indian subcontinent, the tulsi plant, also known as “holy basil” in the West, possesses a wide range of impressive health and psycho-spiritual benefits. Holy basil has become a legendary part of Hindu culture over the last 5000 or so years, adorning houses and temples throughout the country and earning revered names such as “The Elixir of Life” and “Mother Medicine of Nature.” It is widely regarded as one of the preeminent herbs in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine, being an adaptogenic herb prized for its ability to fundamentally restore balance and harmony in the mind, body, and spirit.

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Tender

Habit: Perennial bush basil to 5' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Rich garden soil

Origin: India and East Africa, a wild species brought into cultivation

Vana Tulsi/Holy Basil