Camphor Basil Seeds
It is also called African blue basil, Fever Plant, Kilimanjaro basil, Hoary basil, Feverplant and known in Ayurveda as Karpura Tulasi. The leaves have a distinctive camphor-like fragrance.
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Camphor Basil Seeds. Ocimum kilimandscharicum is a native of Kenya and distributed in East Africa, India, Thailand, Uganda and Tanzania. It is extensively grown in the Tropics. In India it is cultivated on a small scale especially in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Dehradun. Commonly the plant is called Camphor Basil, African blue basil, Kilimanjaro basil, Hoary basil, Feverplant, and in Ayurveda as Karpura Tulasi.
The plant is characterized by the presence of essential oil with high amount of camphor. It is a perennial woody shrub, which can grow up to 1,2m in height. The plant has a strong camphor scent. The leaves are ovate and the plant bears creamy white flowers.
Camphor Basil Uses
- The plant is a commercial source of camphor.
- The plant is also grown as a mosquito repellent.
Camphor Basil Culinary Uses
The leaves have a distinctive camphor-like fragrance, so this is not a culinary basil. However it is stated that in some places they are used as a flavouring for rice, vegetables etc.
Camphor Basil Medicinal Benefits
Traditionally, the plant is used in East Africa in the treatment of fevers, malaria, colds, coughs, abdominal pains, measles and diarrhea
Growing Camphor Basil
- Plant camphor basil seeds six to eight weeks prior to the last frost date.
- Fill a seed tray with seedling potting mix. Tamp the soil down and add more until the soil level is 1 inch below the top.
- Sow seeds on the surface of the soil, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. Lightly sprinkle a 1/8-inch layer of potting soil over top of the seeds.
- Transplant the seedlings individually into 4-inch pots once they have two pairs of leaves.
- The plant must be grown in full sun in well drained soil.
- The plant is frost tender, but will grow out again in spring and it can take heavy pruning.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.