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The basil shown here is grown by a friend in Kentucy whose summer crop is wild. Our small bucket of basil doesn’t yet compare as we have been fending off feral chickens and so succumbed to starting the young seeds indoors before moving them out in tall pots. But neither of these is Holy Basil.

Holy Basil, with it’s second name, Tulsi or Tulasi, is from the Lamiaceae family. It is cultivated as a medicinal plant and used in Ayurveda for its adaptogen qualities — helping headaches, stress, inflammation and more. It has, for centuries not only treated illness, but flavored food and been observed by many as a powerful and healing plantlife.

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