Tulsi Plant Set (one plant each of Krishna, Rama, Vana and Kapoor)
According to ancient folklore, the Tulsi plant is a manifestation of the Divine Mother on Earth, for the benefit of all creation. Tulsi is a gentle and easy-to-grow adaptogen, meaning that the tea of the dried leaves helps reduce the deleterious effects of stress, both physical and psychological. Enhances physical and mental endurance, increasing assimilation of oxygen and nutrients to the bloodstream. Strong antioxidant activity slows the aging process and helps prevent and treat cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia. Normalizes both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Excellent wellness drink to help quit drinking coffee. Also used during sickness to help overcome cough, cold, flu and fever. Assists digestion and is good for treating any and all maladies of the digestive system. Tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to body, mind and spirit. Growing tea basils brings many blessings to the household! Here we are offering four of the main types. All give forth the familiar clove fragrance of good Tulsi. But they do not all perform the same in cultivation. Krishna is purple leaved, while Rama is purple stemmed. They both require at least 6 hours daily of bright sun and very warm conditions for optimal growth. They will be perennial if kept very warm and in bright light. These are wonderful for making tea, and we love to drink them. Kapoor is the short, annual, heavily flowered plant that was originally introduced to the US as "Holy Basil" and it is the most common type found in cultivation here in the US. It is the easiest to grow--give standard basil culture. Big attractor of bees. Vana is the perennial bush basil with the large, tomentose leaves. This type is found in the wild throughout India and North and East Africa. If protected from frost, it will perennialize. Grow all four kinds to find which one is best for your situation! Amma says to eat one leaf daily. Upon receipt, remove the plants from their packing and give them a warm and partly sunny position and water them. After they've had a bit of a rest (maybe 3 days) repot them to gallons, using organic potting soil, or transplant to the garden in full sun. Generally these do pretty well in regular garden conditions, but indoor cultivation can easily be too cold or too dark for these sun-loving plants. If you want to grow them indoors, use a greenhouse or a full spectrum grow light. 4 potted plants, organic
OM SHANTI OM SHANTI OM.
Analysis of Tulsi cultivars: In the late summer of 2014 we undertook a sampling of 5 cultivars of tulsi in order to quantify the relative concentration of two of the main active compounds that are found in the plant. We picked the herbs in early flowering stage and carefully cleaned the samples of stem, then subjected them to analysis for content of Eugenol (responsible for the characteristic "clove" scent of good Tulsi) and Rosmarinic Acid (a caffeic acid ester that is partially responsible for the antioxidant and anxiolytic activity of good Tulsi). This was a "snapshot" analysis, because good scientific method would call for repeating the test throughout the growth cycle of the plants, but we did not have the resources to repeat the test. The eugenol content of Tulsi tends to be higher before flowering, and the rosmarinic acid content tends to be higher when the plant is in full flower to seed stage. This is why we were careful to balance the sampling so that all the types were in the same early flowering stage at sampling. Both Eugenol and Rosmarinic acid are expressed as dried wt in mg/g. Here are the results:
Krishna Tulsi: 4.90 Eugenol, 10.47 Rosmarinic Acid
Rama Tulsi: 5.60 Eugenol, 5.15 Rosmarinic Acid
Amrita Tulsi: 0.42 Eugenol, 11.27 Rosmarinic Acid
VanaTulsi: 8.89 Eugenol, 3.51 Rosmarinic Acid
Kapoor Tulsi: 0.74 Eugenol, 5.53 Rosmarinic Acid
Discussion: The results seem to support the common opinion that "Krishna" is the strongest medicine. However, in a previous test some years ago, "Rama" came out on top. We had a particular interest in seeing the results for "Vana" because it turns out to be the highest yielding in terms of leaf weight. This test seems to support the validity of using "Vana" interchangeably with the other cultivars, which is consistent with the traditional use of "Vana" as an admixture to tulsi tea blend. We were also very interested in seeing the numbers for "Kapoor" because it is not clear where this plant originated--it is not common in India and is very common in the United States. The results seem to indicate that "kapoor" is a valid Tulsi cultivar although it may be somewhat weaker medicine than the other types. When modeling agencies want to judge how photogenic a model is, they ask for a snap shot. We've done the same here. All the models win. Richo
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