Benefits of Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is a sacred herb in Ayurveda, a 6000 year old Science of Life” originating in India. Also referred to as the ”Queen of Herbs”, Tulsi is an integral herb of Ayurvedic medicines.
Tulsi tea is a flavourful tea made from the leaves and blossoms of the Tulsi basil plant. Although not officially a tea as it does not come from the tea bush Camellia sinensis, Tulsi tea is a herbal infusion prepared exactly the same way as black, green, oolong or white tea. On its own, Tulsi tea is naturally caffeine free, but some of the blends available (Tulsi Chai Masala and Tusli Green tea) do contain caffeine.
The essential oils in the leaves of the Tulsi plant contains hundreds of beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals that work together to give Tulsi strong anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune-enhancing properties. Tulsi tea thereby promotes general health and supports the body's natural defence mechanisms against germs, stress and disease. It is also these essential oils that give the tea its fragrant and refreshing flavour.
Another advantage of Tulsi is that it is one of the most effective known adaptogens. An adaptogen helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress by reducing the intensity and negative impact of stress. In this way, Tulsi tea helps the body deal with physical, chemical, environmental and emotional factors that compromise physical and mental stress.