Holy Basil (Krishna/Tulsi) (Ocimum sanctum)
Ocimum sanctum, or holy basil, is an aromatic plant that is native to the tropics of Asia and Africa, and is widespread as a cultivated plant and weed. It is a small shrub with many branches and strongly scented green leaves. The leaves are ovate and slightly toothed. The flowers are purplish to white. There are three main types, Rama, Vana and Krishna.
Holy basil is used in Ayurveda as an “adaptogen” to help ease life's stresses. It is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus and is often planted around Hindu shrines. The Hindu name for holy basil, Tulsi, means "the incomparable one."
Krishna has purple-tinged leaves and makes a delicious tea. It is the the most potent of the three varieties, testing highest in concentrations of adaptogenic triterpenoic acids, which affect the body's response to stress.
Latin Name: Ocimum sanctum
Common Names: Holy Basil, Tusli, Tulasi, Madura-tala
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: United States
Taste: Minty, Spicy, slightly clove-like
Part Used: Leaf
Prepare as a tea: Pour 8 oz of boiling water (212°F) over 1-2 tsp. of herb. Cover and steep 5-10 minutes, strain, and serve.
Infused Oil: CherMark Botanicals Holy Basil Lunar Infused Jojoba
As a glycerite: Fill a clean jar 1/2 to 1/3 full of dried herbs. Do not pack the herbs down. Cover with a mixture of 3 parts vegetable glycerine to 1 part water. Cap and let this sit in a dark place for 3 to 4 weeks. Strain. Store in your refrigerator.
Detailed instructions for making a glyercite can be found HERE!
When making a glycerite with dried herbs, it is common to use water to rehydrate the herbs and loosen up the botanical matter.
Make a tincture: Tinctures are also called extracts. This same process is used to make real vanilla extract. Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make.
Detailed instructions for making a tincture can be found HERE!
- Holy Basil may modify glucose regulation.
- Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing
- Not recommended for infants or toddlers.
- Not recommended for extended periods of time.
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.