With the scientific name Ocimum tenuiflorum (or formerly Ocimum sanctum), Basil Tulsi, also called “Holy Basil” is a very popular plant in India, where it is used in the form of infusions which often replaces tea. Ayurvedic medicine has also attributed many virtues to it for more than 5,000 years. According to the literature, it would allow in particular to “purify the body and the spirit”! And indeed, many recent studies attest to the detoxifying, anti-stress, anti-infective and anti-inflammatory power of this plant.

Of Tulsi and Men: Uses and Beliefs!

Although it is a plant still little known to us, it has nevertheless in history invaded all of Asia, Arabia and part of Europe, taking advantage of the spice caravans. The plant marked many civilizations that used it in many different ways. Thus, the Egyptians used it, in the past, in the process of mummification for its anti-bacterial and preservative principles. For the Greeks, Tulsi symbolized fertility and it was reserved for sovereignty, hence its designation “royal grass”. Ayurvedic culture, on the other hand, considers the plant to be particularly beneficial for health and longevity. Thus Tulsi is both used in religious rites and for its medicinal virtues and its uses as an aromatic herb. Finally, this plant is also grown in pots in habitats and times to hunt flies and mosquitoes.

Infusion of Basil Tulsi, the elixir of life!

Strongly aromatic, this singular species of basil exudes a wonderful basil scent with a peppery note, a subtle scent of cinnamon and cloves. It is its dark green and serrated foliage that is used in infusion for its many virtues. To prepare a holy basil infusion, simply pour half a liter of boiling water over approximately 5-7 grams of fresh leaves, cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes, then strain before consuming!

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How to sow and grow Holy Basil Tulsi?

The seeds of Basil Tulsi are sown in spring, between March and May at a temperature between 18 and 20°C, in terrine or pots, in a light exposure. Be careful, when sowing, take care not to push the seeds into the ground, simply tamp the soil with your fingers and place the seeds in it, possibly sprinkle a little earth on top (no more than 1 or 2 mm) then tamp before moisten with a small spray bottle.

About 5-6 weeks after sowing, when transplanting into the ground, maintain 25 to 30 cm spacing between plants. Choose a sunny position and well-drained soil. Basil Tulsi is fairly easy to grow, whether in pots or in the ground, it is not susceptible to disease. However, snails and slugs like its tender leaves, so they can inflict a lot of damage on young seedlings. Finally, avoid excessive watering, or stagnant water, especially in pots, which can quickly be harmful to it.

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