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Tulsi ( Vana )

Organic Vana Tulsi from India

Tulsi ( Vana )

Vana Tulsi (or Wild Leaf Tulsi) - A bright, light green tulsi plant that grows wild and is indigenous to many areas of Asian and North/East Africa. It has a more lemony aroma and flavor then Rama or Krishna tulsi.

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, the Queen of Herbs, the Incomparable One and The Mother Medicine of Nature, is as powerful a medicine as it is spiritual and holy. It is one of India's most sacred herbs, an aromatic shrub recognized for its spiritually uplifting and healing properties. In Ayurveda, Tulsi has been cherished for its unique medicinal properties. Today modern science has confirmed many of these properties, recognizing Tulsi as one of nature’s most powerful medicines.

There are three types of Tulsi sold by Shanti Tea: Krishna, Rama, and Vana. All varieties belong to the mint family and are cousins of sweet basil. They differ slightly in aroma and flavour profile but their medicinal properties are very similar.
Krishna (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its peppery crisp taste.
Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its cooling and mellow flavor.
Vana (Ocimum sp.), aka. "forest type", is known for its beautifully rich fragrance and lemony flavor.


Organic vana tulsi


Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
Steeping Temp: 100°C
Steeping Time: 2-5 mins.
Origin: India
Caffeine: Caffeine Free
Certification: Organic
Aroma: citrus, herbaceous
Infusion Aroma: herbaceous
Infusion Color: golden
Infusion Strength: medium


I bought all three types of tulsi to try side by side, with family. Of the three we all agreed Vana was the best and Krishna was unpleasant. Rama was mixed.

Vana - Pleasant, light, mildly lemony, mild thai basil and spicy notes.

Rama - Slightly bitter, spicy notes, very earthy. My sister said she felt like she was ‘drinking the garden fence’, so that’s a no from her. I was neutral, it’s not bad.

Krishna - Unilaterally hated for it’s medicinal flavour. My mother made a very disgusted face.



This is a lighter tulsi, with higher floral notes. 
Tulsi is never a bad bet!

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