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Holy Basil (Tulsi) Extraction Method

 
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How would you make a Tulsi extraction? Would you make an infusion or a decoction? Tincture? Would you use dried or fresh herbs? Whole plant or just leaves or flowers?
My instinct at this point is to make some sort of infusion, maybe a sun-tea, because of the water soluble B vitamins in Tulsi.
I may also make a small tincture.
What do you think?
Thank you in advance.

Any resources on extraction methods and reasons for using them would also be appreciated.
 
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_ This was a phantasmic year for Holy Basil, I gifted out starter plants given to me to near neighbors and now they are saying
''come and remove this huge bush from my garden !'' Mostly a clump grows out to a size that a bushel basket will not cover,
thou when plucked from the ground it will fit in a 5 gal pail !

Besides hanging upside down from the rafters what do I do now ? Big AL

 
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I almost always use it as an infusion - with leaves and flowers, that's generally the water extraction process, use decoctions for berries, bark, and roots. You can make tinctures from holy basil, for a longer term storage, and I absolutely love it tinctured in glycerin - the spicy sweetness is awesome!

AL, hanging it upside down is a good start. Once it's dry store it in canisters or jars somewhere dry, dark and cool.

And as always, steep your herbal teas with a cover on the pot/jar/mug. You'll lose volatile oils to the air otherwise.
 
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Jessica, that is excellent info. Thank you.

I was thinking about doing an infusion and it's making more sense now. I made a tincture and it's kind of icky. Looking forward to the infusion - packed with B vitamins and other wonderful goodness.

Also, that makes sense about the lid. I didn't do that last time but it makes sense why Susan Weed always says to do that now.

Thanks!

EDIT: Apparently David Winston says Tulsi is 'on the verge' of being classified as technically a real-deal adaptogen, but it's not quite there yet based on the evidence we have. I work in a health foods store and it's sold for "stress reduction." Just curious... any thoughts?
 
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Looking forward to hear your successful methods.
 
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