Tulsi (or Holy Basil) Tea
Anti-microbial anti-stress, anti-oxidant, relaxant, digestive, diuretic, detoxifier, anti-carcinogenic, suppressant
Cardiovascular health, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis mild fevers, stress, ceasing smoking, dental & oral health, pyorrhoea, mouth ulcers, general beauty, skin, hair, scalp problems, hair fall, migraine, headaches, kidney health, kidney stones, cancer, sunburn, arthritis, joint problems.
Avoid if pregnant, trying to conceive, breastfeeding or are going to have surgery. Seek medical advice if you are diabetic or hypothyroidic.
If there is one tea that I would recommend you try, it is this one. Called by some as the ‘elixir of life’, tulsi tea, also known as holy basil tea, is an aromatic perennial plant native to the Indian subcontinent where it has been revered in traditional medicine for millennia. With its reminiscent flavour of hubba-bubba – a bubble gum, tulsi tea is not unpleasant to drink.
Tulsi teas has a wide range of powerful health benefits.
- It is also sooth nerves by promoting balance of cortisol (a stress hormone) and contains anti-stress agents, also making it useful for smoking addiction and to relieve migraines and other stress related headaches. Its calming effect is great if you are suffering from mild anxiety, such as when you are studying for exams.
- It promotes cardiovascular health; preventing deposition of cholesterol while reducing cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of atherosclerosis.
- It is an anti-microbial, used to treat mild fevers and to aid recovery from diseases like dengue and malaria. As an anti-microbial it is used dental and oral health and to treat oral conditions including pyorrhoea and mouth ulcers.
- An anti-oxidant it reduces cell damage by free radicals and is used to treat skin and hair conditions, including scalp problems and hairfall & to maintain general beauty.
- As a tonic it can encourage weight loss. It facilitates healthy liver function, aids metabolism, absorption and assimilation of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins, all aiding digestion.
- As a diuretic and detoxifier, it aides kidney function, and is used to treat kidney stones. As an anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant it offers protection against various cancers and has been found to stop the progression of breast and oral cancer.
- It remediates tissue damage from radiation sources, including sunburn.
- It is used for nervous system disorders including epilepsy where its efficacy has been shown to rival conventional medication.
- As an anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant it is used for to treat arthritis and other joint related disorders.
Tulsi is generally considered safe. Do not use if pregnant, trying to conceive, and breastfeeding. Seek medical advice if you are diabetic or hypothyroidic. Stop using Tulsi two weeks before scheduled surgery.
Prepare tulsi tea by steeping in boiled water for 5 minutes. Sip and enjoy its calming effect.