Holy Basil (Tulsi) | Farming Health Series


Author: Jen Snider

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Our friends at Waterdog Farms were gracious in taking time out of a beautiful, chilly Tuesday to talk with me about the Holy Basil plants they are growing.  Farmer Rickie introduces his beautiful crop in this video.  We grew Holy Basil for the first time this year – it smells amazing, attracts pollinators and tastes delicious.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) is a native plant of India, highly valued in Ayurvedic medicine and considered sacred. Clinical research on this plant has (to my knowledge) only been conducted in animals, revealing anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and blood sugar regulating effects. As Rickie mentions in the video, helping the body cope with stress is another traditional use of this plant, and again, there is some early scientific support for this claim.

About the Farming Health Series.  One of the unfortunate impacts of the industrialization of our food supply is that many in our world have lost touch with where our food comes from.  With our Farming Health Series, we’ll introduce you to beautiful food and the farmers who grow it.  

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