One of the new herbs that I have grown this year is Holy Basil. This herb was recommended to me by my good friend, Gail, because she said that it had the most amazing scent and thrived in hot Texas summers.
Well, anything that thrives in a Texas summer needs consideration and I am always looking for wonderful smelling plants. I must say, she was right. Holy Basil does smell amazing. The scent is really not anything that you would think of when considering a Basil, it is sweet and citrus-y mixed with clove and mint. I love it. I have not seen its performance in the summer yet, but being that it is a Basil, the summer should be no problem.
Not only is Holy Basil great for the garden, it is great for the body. Long used in India as a medicinal herb, Holy Basil offers much to the body in form of healing and mental health.
“Healing Power: The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.” http://hinduism.about.com/od/ayurveda/a/tulsibenefits.htm
This website lists the top 15 uses in India for this herb. Tulsi is the Indian name for this herb.
Holy Basil will grow to a height & width of about 2 feet. As with other Basils, you will need a spot in the full sun with good organic matter in the soil. The more leaves you harvest, the more the plant will grow. This is true of all herbs making herbs the plants of gardener’s dream.
So, when planting your gardens consider Holy Basil, you will be glad that you did.
I use herbs medicinally but you need to research and decide for yourself. The information I provide is for educational purposes only.