Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum sanctum
Seed Shape: Spherical
Seed Size: Very tiny ˂ 0.1 cm diameter
Seed Color: Brown reddish
Usage: Germination (not for oil extraction)
Packing: In plastic bag
Availability: Throughout the year
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum; Ocimum sanctum
English Name: Holy Basil, Sacred Basil
Hindi Name: Tulsi, Thulasi, Shyama Tulsi, Rama Tulsi, Krishna tulsi
Propagation: By seeds
Leaves: Digestive, Tonic, Stimulant, Demulcent, Anti-emetic, Anti-septic, anti-cancer, Anti-oxidant, Anti-biotic, Anti-viral, Anti-carcinogenic.
Leaf juice: Stomachic.
In headache, neuralgia and dysentery.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a widely grown, sacred plant of India. The natural habitat of Tulsi varies from sea level to an altitude of 2000m. This is a much branched annual herb which grows up to 30 to 60 cms in height.
Leaves and stem are purplish in colur. Leaves are aromatic and oblong, obtuse or acute, serrate, and hairy. Flowers of Tulsi are small bilabiate with short life giving large number of seeds. Flowers are rarely longer than 5 mm, calyx tube bearded outside near base. Flower tube is hairy.
Tulsi plant and its various parts are used to cure insect bite, fever, cardiac diseases, gynecological disorders, respiratory problems, skin disorders, etc. It is used as voice improver and acts as a germicide and bactericide. It is good blood purifier and regularizes digestive tract because of it’s light potency. It is good to prevent malaria and an effective pain killer.
Tulsi seeds are useful in controlling of blood sugar and management of diabetes. It is helpful in improving sperm count and skin disorders. It helps in relieving from fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu and chest congestion, respiratory ailments like chronic bronchitis, asthma.