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Holy basil seeds, also known as tulsi seeds or Ocimum tenuiflorum, are small black or brown seeds derived from the holy basil plant. Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is a plant that is widely used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its various potential health benefits.

Holy basil seeds are a good source of fiber, which can help promote digestive health and prevent constipation. They also contain various nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and K. Additionally, holy basil seeds have been found to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil seeds are often used to treat a variety of conditions, including respiratory problems, digestive issues, and stress-related disorders. They are also believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body, and are sometimes used as a natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia.

Holy basil seeds can be consumed in a variety of ways. They can be soaked in water for several hours to create a gel-like substance, which can then be added to drinks or used as a natural thickener in recipes. They can also be roasted and eaten as a snack, or ground into a powder and used as a seasoning in various dishes.

Overall, holy basil seeds are a nutritious and versatile ingredient that may offer several potential health benefits. However, as with any natural remedy, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before using them to treat any specific medical condition.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 9 - 11
  • Height: 20 inches
  • Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Ocimum Tenuiflorum 

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 6 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.