This sale is for 3 varieties of rare medicinal basil: African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum) 20 seeds each Holy Kaprao Basil 'Tulsi' (Ocimum sanctum) 20 seeds each Peruvian Basil (Ocimum micranthum) 20 seeds each Each variety comes packed in an air and water tight glass vial with organic cotton and silica beads for proper mositure control and excellent long term storage in the freezer. Use some seed this year and save the rest in the freezer for next year. Year after year enjoy excellent germination rates due to proper storage. Seed stored in freezing conditions with less than 10% moisture can and most often do survive for even decades in seed banks all over the world. Now you can easily save your seed in much the same way that professional seed savers keep their seed fresh. Our seed remains frozen and packed in large glass jars with silica beads for constant moisture control until you order. Buy some rare basil seed that make beautiful plants and even better medicinal tea! African Basil: The essential oil of Ocimum gratissimum contains eugenol and shows some evidence of antibacterial activity. A polyherbal preparation of a water extract obtained from the leaves and flowers of Ocimum gratissimum showed analgesic activity. The essential oil has potential for use as a food preservative, and is toxic to Leishmania. This herb makes an excellent tea when dried and fresh. Use the flowering tops for best results. Holy Kaprao: Tulsi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian Subcontinent as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda, and has an important role within the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. This plant has been revered in countries, such as India, for being an "elixir of life". We use this amazing plant often as tea.. excellent. Peruvian Basil: The plant has been used as an emmenagogue, a febrifuge, a diuretic, and a treatment for intestinal disturbances in Brazil. In Puerto Rico, the plant has been used as a carminative, to treat GI disorders, and to increase lactation in women. In Central and South America as well as the West Indies, the plant has been used to treat colds, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, fever, GI disorders, dysentery, and for screw-worm parasites in nasal passages; a remedy is also used to kill the larvae. Other indications include treatment of epilepsy, nervous symptoms, earaches, influenza, colic, convulsions in children, and painful menstruation. The plant also has been used to flavor beverages and soups.