Medicinal Herb Profile: Holy Basil
Updated: Oct 7, 2019
Like nettles, holy basil is considered a tonic herb. "...This is a transformative herb and, when taken daily, it moves a person towards health." It is commonly believed to be both calming and energizing, helping the body adapt to and regulate stress. There is a lot to learn about this herb, and I fell in love from my first encounter with it's sweet, anisey, peppery scent. Read more on Learning Herbs.
How to use:
Brew tea from the fresh leaves and flowers: take a few springs and chop or tear. Place in a glass jar and pour boiling water over. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes before straining and drinking, or allow to cool and drink over ice.
Dry: hang small bunches upside down in a dark room or cupboard. Allow to dry until leaves can be easily crumbled. Store in an airtight glass jar or plastic bag, and used daily or as needed for tea.
Cooking: Tulsi is used in Thai cuisines especially in stir fry dishes made with meats or seafood. Use like basil, discarding stems and flowers. I like to experiment and would try adding this to many dishes or salads for an aromatic element.