What is Tulsi?
Known as "The Queen of Herbs", tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) or holy basil is the most sacred herb of India. Although called holy basil it is a different plant from the pesto variety of Basil (Ocimum basilicum). For over five thousand years, tulsi has been revered in India as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit, and is known to bestow an amazing number of health benefits. Today, available at SensibiliTeas, it is known as a stress-relieving, energizing and delicious tea.
What are the health benefits of tulsi?
Tulsi, rich in antioxidant and renowned for its restorative powers, has several benefits:
- Relieves stress
- Boosts immune system
- Enhances stamina
- Provides support during cold season
- Promotes healthy metabolism
- Lowers cholesterol
- Eliminates toxins
- Protects against radiation
- Relieves inflammation
- Prevents gastric ulcer
- Reduces fever
- Improves digestion
- High in antioxidants
- Improves viscosity of blood
- Regulates blood pressure
- Normalizes blood sugar
Some of tulsi effects are quite immediate, while others develop gradually after weeks of regular use. You may feel more relaxed and energized after the first cup. With regular use, you may simply notice that you do not seem to be bothered by stress or common illnesses, such as colds or flu, as often or as much as before, or you may generally notice that you tire less easily. As with many other herbal supplements, it usually takes at least a week or so of consistent use for the body to experience major benefits. For best results, we recommend drinking 3 cups a day (or two mugs) if possible.
As well as carrying plain Tulsi, I also carry a tulsi blend, Shanti, that contains orange peel, fennel and spearmint. I’m also working on a Tulsi Chai blend, and a sensuous, relaxing blend that is yet to be named containing rose petals, chamomile, lemon myrtle.
If you have any further questions about tulsi, please feel free to ask!
Want to try Tulsi? How about a sale through Saturday, February 14th? 20% off all purchases of Tulsi or Shanti to blog readers. For online orders, use the code ``blog020809'' in the special comments field of the online order form. For in-shop sales, remind me of the blog sale for Tulsi.