Organic Holy Basil Leaf C/S

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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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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. Considered a Sacred plant in India, old world medicinal practices such as in Ayurveda, Greek, Roman, and Siddha used Holy Basil to counteract stress and anxiety. It is considered an adaptogen since it does not affect mood but instead affect functions of the body.

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. While not the most potent of the three varieties, it does have medicinal value and is considered to be the best tasting. Krishna has purple-tinged leaves and makes a delicious tea. It is the the most potent of the three varieties, testing highest in concentrations of adaptogenic triterpenoic acids, which affect the body's response to stress.

Vana has its own Latin name: Ocimum gratissimum. It is the original wild bush basil. Vana is very high in eugenol, an analgesic and antiseptic. 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.

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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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