"Vana" Tulsi / Holy Basil | Organic (Ocimum Gratissimum)
Vana Tulsi or Wild Leaf Basil is a great adaptogen from the Ayurvedic tradition. It is indigenous to India, Sri Lanka, Java, and northern and eastern Africa. Ocimum gratissimum is the scientific name for Vana tulsi. Its high antioxidant activity delays the aging process which also helps in boosting immunity. Aside from that, it improves both mental and physical endurance, all while emitting a powerful and pleasant fragrance.
Our holy basil is cultivated in the area of Kouses in Botano’s biodynamic garden, and is also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one” in Hindu. It is an aromatic shrub thought to have originated in north-central India, where it is one of the most common houseplants.
Tulsi has a long and illustrious history in India, extending back over 3,000 years. In Ayurvedic medicine, it's been used for centuries as an "adaptogen" and therapeutic plant. Because of its anti-stress properties that promote harmony across the entire body, it was once utilized as medicine and is still used today.
Phytonutrients and caryophyllene, a cannabis-like compound, are abundant in this herb rightfully claimed as an "elixir of life." Holy basil has powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Holy basil is well-known for its ability to help maintain homeostasis and combat the effects of stress and adrenal fatigue/dysfunction, as well as helping alleviate symptoms of hypothyroidism, imbalanced blood sugar, acne, and the common cold.
Holy basil also seems to protect the body from chemical stress caused by factors like industrial pollutants, heavy metals, physical stress, and even radiation poisoning, on top of minimizing damage from radiation treatment while keeping hormone levels balanced naturally and helping manage symptoms of anxiety. It is rich in Vitamin K and is considered a natural headache remedy that can help relieve migraine pain due to its ability to relieve inflammation, sinus pressure, and muscular tension by fighting the effects of stress.
Compared to the commonly sold type of “traditional” basil (O. basilicum) that has a sweet taste, holy basil is described as being more peppery, spicy, and also minty. Both types of basil can be cooked, including in fresh or dried forms, but holy basil has therapeutic uses that traditional basil does not. It's commonly used in garnishing foods, sauces, and soups.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Hot Brew
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
- Cold Brew
A cold infusion delivers flavors that are sweeter, smoother, more complex, and can be made in a number of different ways.
The Fast Way (Best For Herbal Tea)
Follow the steps as shown in the "Hot Brew", but use less water, and perhaps even more tea, in order to produce tea concentrate.
Strain and pour over ice or cold water.
Overnight Ice Tea
Add 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 200ml - 250ml of water. Pour room-temperature water over the tea, stir, cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!