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From Falkland, Fife
Ocimum sanctum aka holy basil or tulsi basil
This is a half hardy annual from India, so it requires a rich soil, full sun and somewhere warm and sheltered to grow like a glasshouse, polytunnel or suntrap area in your garden. Save the seeds for next year. I grow it in pots in the glasshouse.
Used in herbal medicine as an adaptogen for supporting your body and mind through stressful times, for depression and anxiety. It is also antimicrobial, immune supporting and antifungal.
Tulsi is a very soft and watery plant, so I find it difficult to dry. I make tea from the fresh leaves, or a tincture to preserve it through the winter. It tastes really delicious like basil, but with extra clove!