Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

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Holy Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum/Ocimum sanctum (Rama & Krishna), Ocimum gratissimum (Vana)

Common Names: Holy Basil, Tulsi

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Product Name   Size Origin SKU Price Qty
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna) 1 lb India 209359-31
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna) 4 oz India 209359-34
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Rama) 1 lb India 209356-31
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Rama) 4 oz India 209356-34
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Vana) 1 lb India 209361-31
Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Vana) 4 oz India 209361-34
Organic Holy Basil Leaf Powder (Rama) 1 lb India 209356-51
Organic Holy Basil Leaf Powder (Rama) 4 oz India 209356-54
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Holy Basil

While related to the more well-known Ocimum basilicum, the basil used in cooking, Holy Basil is a medicinal herb used to make teas and extracts. It's known as a sacred plant in India.

The Rama and Krishna varieties share the interchangeable botanical names Ocimum tenuiflorum and Ocimum sanctum; the two Latin names are synonymous with each other. They are, however, more like fraternal twins: The Rama variety is a short, annual, heavily flowered plant originally introduced to the U.S. as "Holy Basil". It is the most common type found in cultivation in the U.S. and is known for its cooling and mellow flavor and makes a delicious tea.

Vana has its own Latin name: Ocimum gratissimum. It is the original wild bush basil. Its natural habitat ranges throughout India and across North Africa and down into East Africa. Of the three varieties, it is the most fragrant.

Holy Basil Leaf, Rama & Krishna (Ocimum tenuiflorum/Ocimum sanctum): Holy Basil may modify glucose regulation.

Holy Basil Leaf, Vana (Ocimum gratissimum): Not to be used during pregnancy.

California Proposition 65 WARNING

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Great product.

I feel more energized after drinking it and the taste is surprisingly
pleasant for herb ;)

by Jacek on March 27, 2017

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

Learned a lot

The holy basil was one of three herbs I needed to make what's called Healthy Heart Tea. I wasn't aware of the different types and wanted the sanctum and ended up ordering the Rama rather than the Krishna. Was happy to learn that they both share the sanctum name and my tea is fine. Will try the Krishna next time.

by Mike In Bmore on March 6, 2017

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Rama)


OMG! I was a wine drinker, every night after getting off work at 12 a.m. at a group home for the mentally challenged. I would faithfully sit on my front porch and have a glass of wine. Since I purchased this tea, my wine that I purchased is still sitting in the refrigerator. I now sit on the porch with a cup of hot Krieshna Holy Basil tea. It really calms me down from all anxiety. Only thing better then this tea is Prayer and that is no lie.

by BB on October 5, 2016

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

Interesting taste. Has stems.

I've used this basil as a spice. It tastes quite different from sweet basil - I like it.
It does have a lot of small stems that you have to fish out, though.

by lsaur on September 9, 2016

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Rama)

very happy!

I'm *very* happy with the quality of the product and it's effects. I should note that I've never purchased it before, so I can't compare it with other suppliers'.

by coyote on May 24, 2016

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

The best tea

I'm so glad that I found Holy Basil! It tastes so great, and is so refreshing. But what I like most of all is that it helps you feel better and calms the nerves. It is really a great product, and I will only buy it from Starwest, they're the best!

by dkare on May 23, 2016

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

organic holy basil leaf

I have purchased holy basil leaf from several other vendors and want to offer my congratulations to Starwest Botanicals for their very high quality herb.

by emily on March 22, 2016

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Rama)

Love this Herb

I really love this herb! It is great as a tea, kind of tastes like a Dr. Pepper! I use organic stevia with it. I have also used it in my homemade chicken vegie soup. Tastes great!

by Kare on October 6, 2015

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

Excellent Purchase

I enjoyed this purchase

by Tim on December 3, 2014

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf Powder (Rama)

Excellent Quality

High quality herb at a great price. I always shop for all my herbal needs at Starwest.

by thelastwolf on August 29, 2014

Product: Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S (Krishna)

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Questions & Answers for Holy Basil

Is this krsna tulsi, vana tulsi or rama tulsi?
Question by: Readette on March 26, 2014
We carry all three, but rama is the one currently displayed (the other two should be added in the next week). We've updated the product name to make this clear.
Answer by: Starwest Staff on March 26, 2014

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