Holy Basil Seeds
by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)
Holy Basil is a 30-60 cm tall subshrub native throughout the Eastern World tropics.
Cultivated for both medicinal and religious purposes, it is very much sought-after for its oil.
The plant is revered in India and often found in most Indian courtyards.
The benefits of this aromatic plant have caught the attention of many hence its popularity.
The erect and much branched subshrub has hairy stems, purplish flowers, and simple alternate leaves with a strong scent. The leaves bear a great aromatic combination of peppermint, cloves, licorice and lemon.
It remains as one of India's most cherished healing plant, and is considered a top notch medicinal herb for natural home remedies.
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Good source of antioxidants: The plant contains antioxidants and anti-aging properties. It helps fight against cancer causing chemicals. It also works as a potent adaptogen which helps reduce stress, mental fatigue, develops clarity and calmness, and even treats insomnia
Medicinal use: Tulsi is also used as an expectorant for those suffering from cold and flu. A cup of hot tea made from this plant will get rid of the phlegm build up in your system. It also has a good medicinal value for respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and allergies
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