“Holy Basil” “Tulsi”
Visitors to India usually come back with memories of “Tulsi”, the sacred Basil used to adorn the Hindu temples. They may also come back with a liking of the flavor, rich & spicy with a touch of mint & cloves. Perennial in tropical climates, it is an annual in temperate gardens. Tulsi grows 1-2’ tall & wide with glossy green or purple leaves & dark stems, with white or mauve flowers. Plant it in good garden soil & water evenly. While mostly famous for its “heal-all-that-ails-you” reputation in traditional Indian medicine, you can also use the leaves in teas & cooking.
"Leaves, flowers, fruits, root, branches and the
main stem and everything about tulsi is sacred;
even the soil under the tulsi plant is holy."
-excerpt from the Padmapurana, an ancient 5000 yr. old healing text from India.