Holy Basil ~ Queen of Herbs

holy-basil

Holy basil, or tulsi,[ ocimum tenuiflorum, sanctum] is a member of the mint family. It’s closely related to the sweet Italian basil, but the flavors are different. Sweet Italian basil has a clove like flavor with a milder and sweeter taste, while holy basil is often called pepper basil due to its spicer and pungent clove-like flavor.

The herb plant can grow to a height of 18-24 inches, and prefers rich soil and full sun. It grows best in an alkaline soil, with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5. Don’t use mulches such as pine needles or rotted oak leaves as this will increase acidity in the soil. Holy basil is native to India and requires warmer temperatures in order to reach maturity. Grow holy basil in large planters, water weekly. Use the leaves from the bottom of the plants, as these are higher in flavor and essential oils.

The Hindu call holy basil “mother medicine of nature” and indeed she is to the Hindu. The small shrubs of holy basil can be seen growing outside of the Hindu temples.

Holy basil is said to be an adaptogen, meaning, it adapts to serve the body where it is needed most. Adaptogens are excellent for removing mineral deposits from the pineal gland, and removing impurities from the bloodstream. Holy basil has several beneficial properties. It’s an adaptogenic, anti- stress, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.

Other benefits of holy basil: memory booster, fever reducer, headache treatment, increased kidney function, and to balance out nervous energy.

Many herbalists suggest that holy basil is best when brewed as a tea. This is certainly the easiest method of reaping the benefits of the herb. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh leaves to 8 ounces of boiling water, cover and let it steep for 3 minutes. Strain out the leaves and drink.

It’s best to grow your own holy basil, if at all possible. If you do purchase dried leaves, be sure they are of the highest quality and have been organically grown and harvested.

~ Meadow Walker

Source of organic seeds:

Horizon Herbs

http://www.horizonherbs.com/group.asp?grp=701

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3 Comments on Holy Basil ~ Queen of Herbs

  1. NANA KWEKU AKOSE // September 10, 2015 at 8:21 am // Reply

    I really love reading about the HOLY BASIL. But how can it be used to boost the memory? Can it also help in stabilizing financial problems?

  2. Hi Nana,

    Thank you for the questions and welcome to Mystical Magical Herbs blog.

    Independent studies are underway for further research into exactly how Holy Basil acts on the central nervous system. Memory loss can occur for a number of reasons, stress, age, illness, these all play a role in what’s known as “brain fog.” Because Holy Basil is an adaptogen it serves the body and mind where it is needed most. I’m referring to ordinary memory loss not associated with chronic disease or dementia. Short term memory loss often happens when we reach a certain age or when we are overwhelmed with work, family, aging parents, etc. Then we’re stressed and five minutes after we come in the door we’ve misplaced our keys or handbag. This may be where Holy Basil could help with short term memory loss.

    Holy Basil when taken in the form of teas does sooth those areas of the brain where tension and stress are located. And part of this area of the brain is associated with memory. Another herb that enhances memory is rosemary. You can use rosemary in an herbal infusion, or sniff the fresh branches for instant aroma therapy. Try sipping a cup of Holy Basil several times each week, and when your brain is fatigued, sniff fresh rosemary for a quick “pick me up.”

    As for financial stability… I can’t help you there. Sorry. I wish there were such an herb, as I would grow acres of it and give it away to those in need.

    Thanks for coming to MMH. Please visit again. Blessings to you.

    Meadow Walker

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