Known as the “Mother Medicine of Nature” and the “Queen of Herbs,” Tulsi Basil is worshipped by Hindu devotees of Lord Vishnu/Krishna. All parts of the plant from the roots up are considered sacred, hence the common name "Holy Basil." Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that has many healing properties for overall well-being. Bloom gals are fascinated by tonic herbs and adaptogens. What is an adaptogen? It's an herb that helps the body adapt to stress, builds energy, and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. Tulsi Basil provides optimal support for the immune system, inflammation, digestion, and an increase in stamina and mood. It also contains potent levels of antimicrobial oils, making it a powerful antiseptic against many kinds of organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Sip on this Tulsi tonic to get your krishna on, open the heart with gentle vibes and bring a sense of balance back into your day.
Latin Name: Ocimum sanctum
Family: Laminaceae (Mint Family)
Part used: Leaf
Energetics: Pungent, sweet, bitter, warm
Actions: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nervine, sedative.
Grow It: Tulsi flourishes in intense heat (dry or humid) in full sun.
Tulsi Basil Leaves
2 c. Blackberries
Freshly squeezed lemon juic
1. Harvest and place your basil leaves in a stockpot full of water. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain tea leaves and set your basil infusion aside.
2. Blend blackberries, ginger 2 cups of water and vanilla together in a blender. Then strain through a cheesecloth to remove berry seeds and add mixture to your infusion.
2. Shake well and refrigerate! Serve in tall glasses over crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh holy basil leaf if available.