Tulsi means "the incomparable one" and this holy basil is one of the most revered herbs in India. It is highly aromatic and is used for purifying space, more or less as incense is used or smudging is done in other cultures. The leaves are green and the stems are purple. It is highly aromatic. Please allow at least 16 days for germination.
Please note, there was a name change for these seeds in December 2010. These are what used to be called Krishna Tulsi.
Bhringaraj Seeds, Organic, 100 seedsEclipta alba
Eclipta alba is an annual and requires a pretty high temperature to germinate, 95 degrees, and about 12 days. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade. It tolerates high altitude conditions,and is easy to grow. Bhringaraj prefers moisture. It can be grown in bogs or beds, full sun or woodland areas. Plant one foot apart.
Spilanthes is nicknamed the toothache plant. The leaves can be chewed and used for oral hygiene and pain relief. Spilanthes is antifungal and antiparasitic. It has also been used to treat co-infections of Lyme disease. The seeds take 1-2 weeks to germinate and require some warmth. Spilanthes is native to Brazil and Africa. It is easy to grow. Its properties are similar to echinacea. The plant is non-toxic and the leaves can be used sparingly in salads. It is perennial in warm climates and an annual in colder climates. Plant 12 inches apart.
Andrographis, 100 seedsAndrographis paniculata
Called Kalmegh in Ayurveda and Chuan-xin-lian in Chinese medicine, andrographis is an intensely bitter herb with diminutive but beautiful flowers. It is an annual that matures in 160 days and is self-seeding for the next season in warmer climates. The herb is non-toxic but being bitter, it stimulates the flow of bile so when harvested for medicinal use, consider small doses. This herb is being used extensively by people with Lyme disease as well as digestive complaints. The seed is a slow germinator so scarify the seeds on fine sandpaper before planting. If the growing season is short, start the plants indoors or in a greenhouse.
Shatavari, organic, 30 seedsAsparagus racemosus
Native to the Himalayas, hardy to 20° F. Rare. Does well in pots. Shatavari is a woody climber reaching as high as 6 feet, bearing small, white flowers. In Sanskrit, Shatavari means someone who posesses a hundred husbands. The spring shoots, mucilagenous roots and the leaves are all used. This is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenative tonic for females, used for treating sexual debility, infertility, menopausal symptoms and as a galactagogue.
Gotu Kola, organic, 50 seedsCentella asiatica
Gotu kola is a tropical herb but can be grown in temperate climates. It is a ground cover and once established spreads by runners. The germination rate is quite long in temperate climates, but it can be grown in zones 7-11. Known as Brahmi in Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola holds a place of great honor among the rasayana herbs. It is used to improve memory. It is calming and aids sleep. The leaves can be used in salads or taken medicinally.
Lemongrass, 50 seedsCymbopogon flexuosus
Lemongrass is a multipurpose plant. It stalks can be eaten, such as in tom kha gai, a delicious Thai soup made with coconut milk and galangal. The stalks can also be dried and used to make tea. The stalks should be whitish at the lower part of the stalk and greener at the top. Lemongrass can also be steam distilled to make essential oil. It is an insect repellent but can be taken internally to aid digestion and relieve jetlag. It is also antifungal and can be applied externally for conditions such as athlete's foot as well as rheumatic complaints. It is hardy to zone 10 but can be brought indoors in the winter in cold climates.
Amla Seeds, 20 seedsEmblica officinalis
Amla is a tropical gooseberry, but it is hardy to just a tad below freezing. It is an evergreen. If subjected to frost, it could die back to its roots, but reappear later.
It is the primary herb in the famous rejuvenative jam, Chyawanprash, as well as the world's richest source of stable vitamin C.
Luffa cylindrica syn. L. aegyptiaca
Gourd, Luffa, 10 seedsLuffa cylindrica syn. L. aegyptiaca
Luffa gourds are mainly tropical or subtropical vines with an edible vegetable that is better known for its use as a sponge or luffah. This is great fun for children to grow. In Ayurveda, luffa is eaten raw as a cooling demulcent in salads. The bitter juice is used to treat jaundice. If eating this gourd, it should be harvested young before it becomes tough and more suitable for use as a body scrub.
Holy Basil Seeds, Vana Tulsi, 50 seedsOcimum gratissimum
This is the original wild tulsi and is higher in eugenol. It is a perennial bush basil but needs to be protected from frost. It is slightly hairy, green-leaved, woody-stemmed, and grows to a height of four feet if protected from frost. In colder climates, it can be grown as an annual or brought indoors for the winter.
Holy basil is adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial and immune enhancing. This tulsi have green stems, small leaves, purple flowers and is frost-hardy. For those in temperate climates, these are the easiest to grow of the several tulsi varieties.
Please note, there was a name change for these seeds in December 2010. These are what used to be called Rama Tulsi.
This basil has purple leaves and stems, but the very young leaves may be initially green. It has a lovely aroma and makes an excellent tea that is adaptogenic, antifungal, and antibacterial. Seeds are normally sown outdoors in spring but tulsi may be grown indoors throughout the year.
Ashwagandha is a nightshade that is easy to grow in the right climate. It is native to Africa and Asia and is intolerant of moist soil. It is a perennial in zone 8 and above and an annual in colder climates. One can harvest roots for medicinal use after 100 days. This is one of the most important rasayana herbs and is used to increase stamina, improve the capacity to manage stress, and regenerate worn out tissues, including those associated with neurological conditions. The seeds take 15 days to germinate and can be started indoors or in a greenhouse. Plant in well-drained soil.