Holy Basil Seeds
Holy Basil Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 70-100 seeds)
Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Tulsi, Rama Tulsi
Ocimum tenuiflorum (Syn Ocimum sanctum)
India, and other parts of Asia.
Perennial in zones 10-11. Grown as an annual in zones 2-9 or overwintered indoors.
Grows to from 8"-1ft tall and wide. Tidy mounding habit.
Full sun, well-drained fertile soil.
The seeds germinate easily and quickly but require warmth, ideally a consistent temp around 20C. Bottom heat is helpful for speeding germination. The seeds can be started in flats in early spring (March-April), and potted up into fertile potting mix once they have gotten two sets of true leaves. The seedlings can be transplanted outside after all danger of frost has passed (May-June). If you get your plants in earlier enough you can harvest them twice before the end of the season.
Holy Basil likes a warm, sunny spot with fertile soil and regular water. It does especially well in the hot and humid environment of the greenhouse, and planting it under cover will extend your harvest season by several weeks. It can also be grown outside easily, just make sure to harvest your plants, or bring them inside, before the cool nights begin. The plants are not frost hardy.
Harvesting is done by cutting the foliage, in flower, down to two inches above the ground. The plants will regrow rapidly and flower again for a second harvest during the warm months of July or August. I love harvesting the leaves and flowers a handful at a time too, as needed for a yummy relaxing summer evening tea.
The leaves and flowers are edible and are sometimes used in place of the culinary species of basil to make pesto or flavour dishes. The flowers can be added to salads.
Holy Basil is regarded as an ‘elixir of life’ in Ayurvedic Medicine. The herb is used to promote longevity, and is considered a sacred plant in India. It acts as an adaptogen to help balance the body and mind in times of stress. It is calming and strengthening to the nerves, acting as a trophorestorative to the nervous system.
Holy Basil contains many of the same properties that other aromatic Mint Family plants are known for. The volatile oils in the herb are calming to digestive spasms, and are carminative to relieve gas and bloating. Holy Basil can be taken as a diaphoretic and antimicrobial to help ease symptoms of colds, flu, and fever. It is decongesting to the nasal passages and helps clear excess mucus from the lungs.
Both the oil applied topically, and the tea or tincture taken internally can help ease menstrual cramps, and help with symptoms of PMS such as bloating, irritability and other mood changes. It has a warm, circulating energy and helps with warming extremities and relieving cold hands and feet, which are often experienced as premenstrual symptoms.
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Container Garden.