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Top Tea to Grow this Month - Tulsi by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, June 1st 2015 @ 12:00 AM

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum/ Ocimum sanctum) is also known as Holy Basil and is a sacred herb for Hindus, representing the goddess Tulasi and symbolising love and eternal life.


Tulsi has a wonderful clove flavor with a hint of anise and mint. The tea is believed to help improve digestion and relieve stress and tension. This is a good time of year to buy a tulsi plant so that you can grow it large enough to harvest in the summer months. You may need to re-pot your plant into a larger container or plant it into the garden in a sunny position, in nutrient rich, well- drained soil. It is susceptible to whitefly so make a natural spray using infused garlic and treat as soon as you notice any flies.


If you live somewhere that experiences frost in the winter, it is best to grow it in a pot or container so that you can bring it inside for the winter.


You use the leaves and flowers to make into tea and these can be used dry or fresh from the plant. You can also make it into a refreshing iced tea in the summer! This is a really lovely plant.


For more information on Tulsi tea and other plants to use for tea see my book Homegrown Tea available at all good bookshops and on Amazon.

~Cassie Liversidge


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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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