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Holy Basil's Benefits

Updated on November 29, 2014

Let's Take Control of Our Health - Use Adaptagens

Holy Basil (Tulsi) has been used in India for thousands of years for good reason.

Studies have shown that Tulsi is not only an anti-inflammatory and blood sugar stabilizer but it also helps with anxiety and lowers cortisol.

Tulsi On the Dr. Oz Show Today

I happened to catch the Dr. Oz show today right when they were discussing the benefits of Holy Basil.

Just last week my two children and I have all started to drink tea made from Holy Basil.

I had actually ordered this tea last summer but it has taken me this long to get to drinking it daily.

It's a very pleasant tasting tea. One that the kids enjoyed brewed strong.

So I finally opened the package of Tulsi

It takes time to get into new routines

I like to approach new herbs and teas slowly having had many a reaction in the past to trying to clean out too quickly.

So I have been drinking a cup of Tulsi tea here and there when I remember, for the past six months now. Just lately I have gotten into the routine of drinking it daily. As a matter of fact I am sitting here sipping a cup right now actually!

It is soothing and calming.

I ordered my first Tulsi online in bulk- 8 oz for making tea. The company offered free shipping over $100 and they were just two hours down the road from me. Also they had a great price, which is probably why they are out of stock at the moment it looks like. So don't go rushing to buy your Tulsi at Upaya Naturals (not affiliated). Just sharing where I got my supply from.

Being new to this I have been doing some research and so thought I would share it with you.

20 Thing You Should Know About Tulsi

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The following is a part of the article from the link:

'Tulsi is an adaptagen similar in some ways to ginseng, licorice, reishi and shatavari.'

- David Winston, RH(AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

Holy basil protects against radiation-induced damage in animals that are receiving radiation therapy. A formula of holy basil and vasa leaves (Adbatoda vasica) is used for animals with coughs and colds.

- David Winston, RH (AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

"The whole holy basil plant is used by farmers for animals with inflammation of the tongue, ulcers, pneumonia, constipation, liver flukes, opacity of the cornea and sore eyes (the fresh juice is squeezed into the animal's eye), rapid heartbeat, and sprains. The leaves are used for cows and sheep with coughs, colds, udder infections, and for wound healing."

- David Winston, RH (AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

'Is used to lower malarial fevers, and a poultice made from the fresh roots and leaves is applied to bites and stings from wasps, bees, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects as well as leeches.'

- David Winston, RH (AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

"Holy basil affects the body's "energy field" according to ayurvedic physician and author Dr. Vasant Lad. Ayurvedic tradition says that holy basil performs the indispensable spiritual function of balancing and toning the energetic chakra system. Holy basil opens the heart and the mind, bestowing the energy of love and devotion (bhakti). Sacred to Vishnu and Krishna, it strengthens faith, compassion and clarity."

- David Winston, RH (AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

"Basil is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P if taken in excess. Basil is said to open the heart and mind to the Divine. There are a variety of basil plants. The most famous basil is called tulsi, or holy basil, in India. There it is said to have an association with Lord Vishnu that dates back to Vedic times. Holy basil juice is said to be a longevity drink. Good for all seasons, but less in the summer."

- Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Conscious Eating

"Holy basil [is] widely cultivated for daily use. There are at least three types of holy basil. The green-leafed variety sri or rama tulsi is the most common. The second type, Krishna tulsi, bears dark-green to purple leaves; this variety has a stronger taste and smell. The third type, vana tulsi, is a green-leafed forest variety that often grows wild."

- David Winston, RH(AHG), and Steven Maimes, Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

"Tulsi is the name for Sacred or Holy basil in India and translates to "incomparable one." Native to India, Tulsi has been revered for over 5,000 years, and as Yash Rai in his book Tulsi says, "The Hindu scriptures enjoin us to look upon Tulsi not as a mere plant, but as the divine representative of the God Vishnu or of Lord Krishna." In other texts Tulsi is described as a consort of Krishna, leading to the name "Mother of the Universe." Because of the divine nature of Sacred basil, the plant itself is worshipped both in the morning and at night by leaving a lamp burning at its base."

- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness

"Tulsi means "matchless," and the herb has very important medicinal properties - notably its ability to reduce blood sugar levels. In Indian herbal medicine, holy basil has a wide range of uses, relieving fevers, bronchitis, asthma, stress, and canker sores.""

- Andrew Chevallier, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Up Close Look at Tulsi

Tulsi- loose leaf

Teatpot and Tulsi Photo

Antique teapot I received as a gift. I don't hazard to brew tea in it though for fear of what it is made of. So pretty though and it also has a matching cream and sugar. (Although we don't use cream and/or sugar either).

A lovely keepsake though. I just love antiques and vintage things:)

Organic Tulsi Tea - The Healthiest Alternative for Coffee , From Dr Mercola

Organic India provides organic tulsi tea - also known as holy basil tea that is a powerful antioxidant and better than coffee. This organic tea have many benefits that will helps promote optimal health and well-being.

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      BlissGlutenFree 4 years ago

      @suepogson: I know they don't like to dry out. Bought a plant at a local farmers market again this year and promptly killed it within a few weeks! Farmer was kind and gave me a 2nd one. This one did better though. I would love to try from seed. Any suggestions?

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      FreedomLiesWithin 5 years ago

      Tulsi is amazing! Very informative Lens.

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      suepogson 5 years ago

      I'm looking for tips to grow holy basil from seeds. At the moment it's defeating me although all my other basils almost grow themselves. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. This was a very interesting lens - I love the spiritual beliefs surrounding herbs. I hope I can get Tulsi to grow! Thanks

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      BlissGlutenFree 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your kind words:)

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      BlissGlutenFree 6 years ago

      @Kathryn Beach: I have not known about Holy Basil very long myself. Just heard about in the past year.

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      BlissGlutenFree 6 years ago

      @buttonhead lm: You are welcome:) Thanks for commenting. Let me know what you think of Holy Basil after you try it. I'd love to hear.

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      BlissGlutenFree 6 years ago

      @JustOneGuy: Thanks:) Yes Dr. Mercola is great!

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      JustOneGuy 6 years ago

      I was going to tell you about Mercola... but I see you're already there. Good work.

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      buttonhead lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting! Holy Basil is definitely something I will have to try out. Thanks for the tips!

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      Kathryn Wallace 6 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      Basil is my favorite herb but I have to admit, I had never heard of Holy Basil. Thanks for the education!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nicely highlighted. Tulsi is a wonderful herb and a great coolant too!

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      BlissGlutenFree 6 years ago

      @waldenthreenet: That is great you are into medicinal mushrooms and herbs, Please let me know how you find the Tulsi over time. I am curious what other have to say about this:) I will check out more of your lenses- thanks!

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Valuable topic. Am trying Tulsi tea now. Learning more about Basil and other herbs, some medicinals. Medicinal mushrooms for everyday healthy living ? Thanks for visiting my lenses. Have a few new ones you may linke. Will visit agan.