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Holy Basil Tulsi Plant Profile

Latin name: Ocimum gratissimum – Family: Lamiaceae, (Other variety – Ocimum sanctum syn. Ocimum tenuiflorum )

Holy Basil has been used for thousands of years to support overall health and well being. Originally from India it is revered as the herb sacred to the goddess Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu, the god who preserves life. Ayurveda is an ancient and multidimensional system of healing originating from India that has been around for over 3000 years. In this system Tulsi is considered as a very powerful and sacred plant, giving this amazing basil a long lineage of healing and supporting many generations of vitality! Tulsi translates to "matchless" its rich history shows this herb lives up to its name.

There are 60 different species within the Ocimum genus all are related to the common culinary sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Within the Ocimum genus there are two species of holy basil, O. sanctum and O. gratissimum. The medicinal qualities of the two species are relatively similar and taste are slightly different but in general sweet and pungent.

At EcoMaste Ocimum gratissimum, or Vana Tulsi, thriving year round. We use fresh aerial parts of the plant regularly in tea. Tulsi is multifaceted and you can take it internally and topically.

Holy basil similar to culinary basil is slightly warming and pungent. It's a carminative, meaning it supports digestion and eases bloating, nausea and gas. Research has shown that the leaves and flowers soothe general pain due to the constituent eugenol. Tulsi can be used both topically and internally to treat infections because of its antimicrobial effect which fights against viruses and bacteria. It is also known as a cardiovascular tonic supporting circulation and regulating cholesterol levels. The other healing qualities its known for are diabetic remedy, respiratory problems and juice can be applied to insect stings. On the psycho-spiritual side it is known to be a heart opener and used to ease heart-ache, depression, and grief.

Today we hear alot about adaptogens and essentially they are herbs that have a non-specific action but help our bodies self-regulate in response to stress and maintain our overall homeostasis and vitality.

When you begin taking an herb its always good to do your homework some plants have side effects. For example; Tulsi does have some contraindications:

**Be aware this herb can be blood-thinning and should not be taken with blood-thinning pharmaceuticals. Holy basil has also shown success in decreasing blood glucose, which should be noted for those taking insulin to control diabetes. Some sources site tulsi as contraindicated during pregnancy. As always be mindful and diligent and please consult your healthcare practitioner before working with tulsi if you have any of the above medical conditions.**

One of our favorite ways to start the day is with:

Tulsi VitalTEA Recipe

Fresh herbs:

1 part Tulsi Vana

1 part Tulsi Rama

1 part Tulsi Amrita

1 part Thai Basil

1 part Juanilama

Dried herbs:


Make it a ritual and set an intention for your day and give gratitude to all the herbs you used to make your VitalTEA.

Bring water to a boil and add herbs.

Once herbs are boiling turn the heat off. Cover with a lid and let them steep to 15-20 mins. Enjoy the healing benefits and delicious flavors

To learn more about herbs stay tuned and Join Amanda Luna on her

Guide Tropical Medicinal Plant Walks Monday- Friday by appt.


Maggie. Holy Basil June 2019 Plant of the Month – Tulsi – Retrieved May 21, 2023 from,

Chevalier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Holy Basil-1996, pg 114 .

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Passion Flower or Passiflora is part of a genus with around 550 species of flower plants.

It is part of the Passifloraceae family. With such a vast diversity it produces a variety of stunning flowers and fruits.

There is some confusion over the fruits that the Passiaflora genus bears. Here is some information to clear things up:

The most widely known and edible fruits can be divided into four categories:

WikiPedia.Passion Fruit.2023. Retrieved April 28, 2023 from,

This beautiful and fascinating plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine and as a decorative addition to gardens. This stunning vine boasts intricate, showy flowers and delicious fruit, making it a beloved plant for gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike.

The passion flower is native to the southeastern United States, but can now be found growing in many other parts of the world. It is a perennial vine that can grow up to 30 feet long and produces large, complex blooms that are truly breathtaking.

The flowers have a unique shape with a central disc surrounded by a crown of filaments and a fringe of purple petals. They bloom from midsummer to fall and are often visited by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Here in Costa Rica our Passion Flower has been blooming since mid-April and currently is full of flowers blooming and just about to open!

Folklore & History: The name passion flower is derived from people associating this beautiful flower with the Passion of Christ. The 10 petals represent the 10 of the 12 disciples, excluding Judas and Peter, the 5 stamens represent the wounds of Christ. The knob-like stigmas have a resemblance to nails and the petals are similar to the crown of thorns.

Passionflower – Plant of the Month, March 2022. Retrieved Apr 28, 2023 from,

Traditional & Practical Medicinal uses: In addition to its ornamental value, passion flower has a long history of use in traditional medicine. Native Americans used the plant to treat anxiety and insomnia, and it was later introduced to Europe as a natural sedative. Today, passion flower is still used as a natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, and other nervous system disorders. Its calming properties are thought to be due to the presence of compounds like flavonoids and alkaloids.

The flowers, vines and stems can all be utilized; however, the flowers are best used for culinary purposes. They can bring a slight sweetness to salad and tea.

The leaves and vines can be made into teas, tinctures and capsules for their medicinal properties.

Magical Uses: Passion flower placed in the home to ease tension, problems and bring forth peace. Its power is peace, sleep and friendships. When carried it attracts friends and popularity. You can place under your pillow to support sleep.

Passion flower fruit is delicious and nutritious. The fruit is small and round, with a tough outer shell and juicy, aromatic flesh inside. It is high in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and fiber. The fruit is used in a variety of culinary dishes, from jams and jellies to smoothies and cocktails.

Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its ornamental value, its delicious fruit or magical powers, the passion flower is a fascinating and beautiful plant that is sure to delight. So why not add this stunning vine to your garden or home today?


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Soto, B.B. Passion Flower – Plant of the Month, March 2022. Retrieved Apr 28, 2023 from,

Passiflora ligularis - Juss.Retrieved Apr 28, 2023 from,

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.1985.

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There are many ways we can honor and live in right relation to the natural world. Earth day is of course not the only day we can focus our energy on supporting and loving Mother Nature, but it can give us an extra nudge to perhaps trade in some of our daily actions for ones that are more regenerative and sustainable.

There are many simple and small habitual rituals you can incorporate into your daily routine that will make grounded and lasting changes that make a big difference.

Ways you can cultivate a more reciprocal relationship with Mother Nature:

  1. Greet all nature like you would a dear friend. Nature provides us with so much, the least we can do is offer her our presence.

How to be present with nature?

I know this might seem obvious to many and to some it might not be, so here are some ways to cultivate presence:

  • When you go into nature, turn off your phone.

  • Breath deeply and notice.

  • Feel the ground underneath you.

  • Start a conversation a simple how are you is just fine, listen, feel, smell, touch, taste (ask permission).

  • Ask nature to show what a yes or a no feels or looks like.

  • Be patient and persistent.

  • Ask whatever you’re connecting if you can offer them something.

  • Invite a genuine feeling of gratitude. If you feel blocked just think of all the things nature has given you up to this point in your life.

2. Create plan of how you can adopt more eco-friendly practices.

These practices are simple and manageable, yes maybe one day you’ll live a zero-waste lifestyle. In the meantime set yourself up for small goals that you know you can implement into your life.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Refuse single use products.

  2. Bring a reusable bag wherever you go or better yet just leave a few in your car or in another bag you use. Investing in some quality handcrafted baskets is also another wonderful alternative and if you want to get wild you could even learn how to weave your own, but let's not get ahead ourselves..

  3. Invest in a quality reusable water bottle or thermos and bring it with you.

  4. Make an effort to carpool or use public transportation. It’s likely that if there is an event you want to go to, so do other people in your area. You can join a community carpooling chat or create one. It helps your wallet and reduces your carbon footprint!

  5. Start transitioning into making your own DIY biocompatible cleaning products. There are so many amazing recipes out there on how to make your own disinfectant for example. You can continue to reuse the sprayer you have from old cleaning products. In a 1 liter bottle mix 1:1 ratios mix white rice vinegar & rubbing alcohol and essential oils 10-15 drops of essential oils. Some essential oils that are especially good because they are anti-microbial are; tea tree, lavender, oregano, citrus, peppermint. For more cleaning recipes click here

  6. Stop buying herbs in the grocery store and start growing your own herbs. Start off slow. Whatever is your favorite herb, research what kind of environment they need: soil, sun, space, watering and if accessible create that environment, if not choose something that is more low maintenance.

  7. Put your money where your values are. Amazon prime does not have your, the environment’s or future generations' wellbeing in mind, do you? If the answer is yes take responsibility for your actions, drop blame and shame, and shift how, what and why you consume.

  8. Support local, fair trade, sustainable businesses that value and prioritize environmentally friendly practices.

  9. Be compassionate with yourself and the world around you. The ways we've harmed our planet have accelerated at a shocking rate since we shifted our values, from local to mass production, from relying on the Pharmacy instead of the FARMs and gardens we used to have in our backyards. It take didn't thousands of years for the damage we've created to occur. It took a mindset of greed, separation and consumerism. The solution we seek must come from a different mindset than from the one this problem was created. Change your relationship to nature from it being something outside of you, to remembering that you are in fact nature.

Lots of love and green blessings. Now get out there and do something for the beautiful planet we share, we believe in you!

If this article piqued your interest and you are wanting to learn more about

Regenerative Living you're encouraged to find out more about our upcoming

Living Regeneration Immersion May 25th-29th

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