As well as being an enjoyable and nourishing herbal drink, a calming, mellow and refreshing cup of tulsi tea can also be a ‘saviour’ in times of imbalance, turmoil, pressure or endurance.
In Ayurvedic tradition Tulsi (Holy Basil) promotes balance and resilience. It is an adaptagen that calms and supports the body’s stress response (whether physical, chemical, metabolic, or psychological) and helps counteract the affect of increased cortisol levels in our bloodstream.
In Hinduism every part of the Tulsi plant is revered and considered sacred. Tulsi can grow as high as 60 cm and is an entirely different plant from the European Basil variety we use to make pesto (Ocimum Basillicum). There are two main varieties of tulsi, the one with green leaves is known as Rama tulsi and the one with the reddish leaves is known as Krishna or Shyama tulsi. Whether dried, fresh or powdered Tulsi can be used to support a variety of conditions. As an adaptogenic herb it is non-toxic and can have a normalizing effect on the body, helping you adapt to stress.
The active ingredient in tulsi is Eugenol (present in the leaves). It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties. Tulsi tea is rich in anti-oxidants, which help the body fight free radicals. Tulsi may be beneficial in supporting; stress reduction, weight loss, headache relief, respiratory health, skin and hair health, digestive system balance, cardiovascular health, support during fever, dental and oral health, kidney stone reduction, nervous system support, and anti-inflammatory support. All very good reasons to imbibe some Tusli during your daily routines!