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Holy Basil: The Queen of Stress-Reducing Herbs

 

Tulsi Seeds and Flowers

 

Growing instructions:

From my research and personal experience there is some disagreement on the level of difficulty in cultivating Tulsi.  All sources do agree though that these plants like it hot and can be difficult to grow in a temperate climate. However, with a bit of love and energy they have been known to flourish even in unfamiliar climates.

Here is the plan of action I came up with for planting my Tulsi seeds:

1.     In the late Spring/early Summer, create or buy a rich, vegan-organic potting mix.
2.     Fill a tray or small seedling pots with this mix, and lightly press seeds into the soil. (If you have some around, spray EM on the seeds first to give them a boost.) One seed per six inches of soil, or one seed per pot will do. If you can still see the seeds, gently sprinkle a small bit of dirt over the top of them.
3.     Keep the Tulsi seeds moist and warm until they germinate, which can take anywhere from one to six weeks.
4.     Like all basils, Tulsi will branch out when pruned correctly. After the first six sets of leaves appear, pinch off the top set of leaves. This action tells the plant to put its energy into branching out instead of reaching higher.
5.     Water your plant as needed, but do not be afraid to let the soil dry in-between watering. Tulsi likes well draining soil and will not do well if left sitting in water.
6.     If your plant starts to go to flower, you can either pinch off all the flower tips (so that the plant will put its energy back into growing) or you can allow part of the plant to flower and then go to seed – either way it is better not to let the entire plant go to flower.

However you decide to enjoy your Tulsi, I wish you the best of luck with your health, growing and tea brewing!

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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10:03AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

I drink Organic India holy basil teas as well. They are wonderful for everything, I started drinking it for a natural remedy for blood pressure from injuries from a auto accident. It has helped tremendously. A dear friend also sent me some fresh whole leaf Tulsi tea she purchased when she went to see Amma which is wonderful, she also sent me some tulsi seeds to plant! ;)

9:01PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Basil is not only tasty but very healthy!

11:51PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thank for the article.There another variety of herb you find in Asian countries known as Adathoda, Kothamalie. Valmee. The Ayurveda medicines .Good for Cough.Those are home gardening herbal plants.

11:10AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

good to know.
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9:50PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

~Very interesting, would like to try some of the herbs sometime~

7:50PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thanks. I have grown this wonderful herb...just wish the seeds were larger and easier to handle.

6:47PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Great thank you.

8:55PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

thanks

9:13AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Tulsi also usefull for cough

5:59AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Thanks for the useful information...

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