Tulsi aka Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae (tribe ocimeae). Tulsi is thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the eastern world tropics. Within the Ayurveda practice of health, Tulsi is known as “The Incomparable One”, “Mother Medicine of Nature” and “The Queen of Herbs” and is revered as an “elixir of life”. Tulsi really is a holy basil!
Caution: Tulsi (Holy Basil) is generally considered safe to use but may interact with anticoagulant medication and Eugenol. Check with your doctor to ensure safe use if pregnant or on medication.
Tulsi (Holy basil)
Tulsi (Holy Basil) can be used both as a culinary herb to season food and a herbal infusion (tea).
1. Use Or-Ways Tulsi (Holy Basil) to flavour dishes like pulses, grains, salads and stews.
2. Experiment! Mix with other Or-Ways herbs to find out what works best for you!
To make a tea:
1. Use a ratio of 1-2 tsp (1-2g) of Tulsi (Holy Basil) to 1 cup (250ml) of water.
2. Boil the water using a kettle or pot.
3. Add herbs to a teapot then add boiled water or add herbs to a pot of boiled water (heat switched off).
4. Cover and allow to sit for 5 - 7 mins then strain and serve.
5. You can add citrus and natural sweeteners for extra flavour, we do not recommend sugar.