Tulsi is commonly known as holy basil, tulasi (sometimes spelled thulasi) or tulsi, is an aromatic perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae.
Tulsi is cultivated for religious and traditional medicine purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely used as a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda.
Tulsi has a high nutritional value as it contains:
vitamin A and C
How to brew tea
You can make a holy basil tea using the dried leaf powder.
2–3 teaspoons, holy basil
1 cup of boiling water
Let it steep for 5–6 minutes and serve!
The tea will have a spicy and bitter flavor.
Who should avoid consuming this tea
No negative side effects have been reported during human clinical trials. However, you should avoid holy basil if you’re lactating, pregnant, or trying to conceive. Animal studies have shown that tulsi may affect fertility and stimulate uterine contractions.
Benefits of Tulsi Tea
Tulsi is high in anti-oxidants and helps your body detox. Some studies show that holy basil can protect your body against toxic chemicals. It may also prevent cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cells.
1. Stress and anxiety
All parts of the holy basil plant act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance. The concept of an adaptogen is a holistic approach. But scientific research shows that holy basil has pharmacological properties to help your mind cope with many types of stress.
According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to diazepam and antidepressant drugs. These studies examined the leaves. One study found that people who took 500 milligrams (mg) of holy basil extract each day felt less anxious, stressed, and depressed. People also felt more social.
Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking holy basil as tea using the leaves. And since it’s caffeine-free, it’s okay and even recommended to drink daily. The act of drinking tea can be ritualistic and as calming as yoga. It fosters clear thoughts, relaxation, and a sense of well-being.
2. Protect against infection and treat wounds
Extracts made from its leaves are thought to boost wound healing speed and strength.
analgesic (a painkiller)
Research shows that holy basil may work against infections and wounds, such as:
3. Blood Sugar
If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, all parts of the holy basil plant can help reduce your blood sugar. Animal and human trials have shown that holy basil can help prevent symptoms of diabetes such as:
hyperinsulinemia, or excess insulin in the blood
*Talk to your doctor before adding holy basil to your diet.
Since tulsi targets metabolic stress, it can also help with weight loss and cholesterol levels.Study found that the oil in holy basil (eugenol) lowers stress-induced cholesterol levels. There was a reduction of total cholesterol in the kidney, liver, or heart in rats with and without diabetes after they ate holy basil leaf powder.
5. Inflammation and joint pain
As an adaptogen with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Tulsi provides all of these benefits. It can even help people with arthritis or fibromyalgia.
6. Protect your stomach
Tulsi can counteract the effects of stress-induced ulcers. It naturally increases your stomach’s defense by:
decreasing stomach acid
increasing mucus secretion
increasing mucus cells
extending life of mucus cells
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