Amruth Home Garden

Amruth HomeGarden draws strength from our age old healing traditions. Generations of our ancestors have spent their lifetime to study plants growing in their neighbourhood and to find out their healing properties for their day to day health care needs.

Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)
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  • Holy basil (English)
  • Tulsi (Hindi)
  • Krishna tulsi (Kannada)
  • Tulasi (Malayalam)
  • Tulas (Marathi)
  • Tulasi (Sanskrit)
  • Thulasi (Tamil)

Description: It is an evergreen, strongly aromatic and erect herb having greenish to purplish appearance. The plant bears small, pinkish-white, bi-lipped flowers in compact terminal spikes.

How to Grow: Due to its sacred and medicinal value, a large number of families in the country already keep at least one plant of tulasi in their houses. It can be planted in the ground or in a pot of 25-30 cm size. It is also planted in a special structure called ‘tulsi mada’ to bestow a special status to this plant.

Care regime: It is a hardy plant and can survive moisture stress conditions for a few days. However, for optimum production of leaves, watering once in two days is adequate. The plant grows to become a compact bush and, therefore, does not need any specific trimming.

Parts Used: Leaves

Collection: Mature leaves from older stems can be plucked by hand.

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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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