Krishna Tulsi, Tulsi ( Black ) – Plant
Tulsi is native to India, where it often graces shrines and homes as an aromatic perennial shrub. Tulsi is grown as an annual herb in temperate climates. Krishna Tulsi, Tulsi (Black) – Plant is known as Holy Basil in English and Tulsi in Sanskrit. Other names used for the Tulsi are Manjari, Krishna Tulsi, Trittavu, Tulshi and Thulsi. Tulsi is one of roughly 60 species of the genus Ocimum, the basil genus. Within the tulsi family, there are several kinds grown in India. Most varieties are native to India, including the foothills of the Himalayas; they are also found through out the Middle East.
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How To Growing Tulsi
Requirements of growing tulsi is similar to common basil
Soil :- Tulsi grows well in loamy and fertile soil with good drainage, pH level around 6 to 7.5 is optimal.
Sun:- Holy basil thrives in full sun but grows in partial shade too, at least four hours of sunlight a day is required.
Water the plant when top one inch of soil is dry. Do not water during rain. Reduce watering by the winter to prevent diseases.
Tulsi Plant Care
It is important to pinch tops of Tulasi plant when they are forming four or six pairs of leaves, this will make the plant grow bushier. Even the flower buds need to be removed when they appear. It grows more lush and full when seed production is prevented.
It is also important to remove the faded, wilted or discolored leaves to encourage the growth of new foliage. Regular removal of old leaves and flower buds keep the plant healthy.
Apply balanced liquid fertilizer once in every couple of weeks. Replacing top two inch layer of soil with compost every year or in six months is also beneficial.
- Tulsi is taken as the herbal tea.
- The oil extracted from the Karpoora Tulsi is mostly used in the herbal toiletry. Its oil is also used against the insects and bacteria.
- The Rama Tulsi is the effective remedy for the Severe acute Respiratory Syndrome. Juice of its leaves gives relief in cold, fever, bronchitis and cough.
- Tulsi oil is also used as the ear drop.
- Tulsi helps in curing malaria.
- It si very effective against indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia and cholera.
- The fresh leaves of Tulsi are taken by the million of people everyday.
Tulsi has got the great medicinal value. For over the centuries Tulsi (the queen of herbs) has been known for its remarkable healing properties.