Tulsi - Holy Basil Ocimum tenuiflorum
What is tulsi?
Tulsi is considered to be a sacred plant in India. Its Latin name, Ocimum sanctum, translates literally as “Holy Basil”. The name conjures the potential of Tulsi to help your spirits soar and leave you feeling ready for the day ahead.
A member of the mint family, Tulsi is celebrated in India for its purifying properties, and has been used in religious ceremonies to raise the spirits and cheer the soul. In parts of India there is a tulsi shrine outside every house - it is believed to purify the air and bestow wealth and protection on the inhabitants and devotees. Tulsi is full of delicious aromatic essential oils which give it a rich taste that is reminiscent of spicy-mint.
Where does Pukka source its Tulsi from?
Rama and krishna varieties belong to the same species: Ocimum tenuiflorum. The main difference lies in their essential oil profile and the fact that rama is green and krishna is purple. Lemon vana tulsi is a distinctly different species called Ocimum americanum. The word vana, which means ‘forest’ or ‘grove’ in Sanskrit, reflects its natural growing habitat.
All the tulsi used in our Three Tulsi tea is Fair for Life certified. This guarantees that all the farmers and farm labourers are paid a fair price and/or a living wage, and that a percentage of our profits is returned to the community to support social development. Some examples of how the tulsi famers have used the premium include purchasing seedlings of high value crops such as nutmeg and vanilla that can be integrated into their existing organic farming systems to increase income and resilience.
Some of the money has also been used to refurbish some of the most dilapidated houses in their village.