Thekla McDaniels wrote:I liked seeing the seed saving event, but I was actually looking for info on tulsi. I got the seeds of several varieties from horizon herbs a few years ago. This year I am growing a lot of holy basil, and it is clear to me that when I gathered seeds, I mixed them. I was hoping for help in identifying the different strains so that I could separate them out again this year when I gather.
Indian Holy Tulsi
In India, the most abundant species is Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum or holy basil as it is commonly called. Indian tulsi is cultivated and also grows in the wild. Tulsi is worshipped as the abode of Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu’s consort, with several mythological references. Eugenol is the chief aromatic oil found in Indian tulsi, prized for its medicinal and tonic properties, termed the elixir of life in anyurveda.
The most commonly occurring variety is the green leafed one. Less common is tulsi with dark purple tinged leaves known as Shyam tulsi or Krishna tulsi.
Another variant is Vana or wild tulsi. Shyam tulsi is more aromatic and claimed to be more powerful.
Vana or wild tulsi is claimed to be effective against leucoderma and poisons besides proving effective in eye ailments.
A variety known as Maruvak tulsi heals bites and wounds.
The Babui variety grows all over India with less of aroma but with a sharp taste resembling cloves and is used more as a flavoring agent.
- See more at: http://www.healthbeautyblogs.com/articles-tulsi-benefits/different-types-of-tulsi-all-over-the-world#sthash.x0g30gJb.dpuf
Thekla McDaniels wrote:Now I purely LOVE a plant like that. It does not take over like mint, but it prevents weeds, is pretty, reseeds prolifically, is easy to pull or mow,it smells good and it is incredibly good for us. I did not know it would start from untended cuttings!
The flavor took some getting used to for me, and there are times when it tastes better than others, but it is a great plant. If I did not like it I would tincture it.