Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

To answer this week’s most popular question …

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, 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
How soon can you expect to see results from drinking Tulsi?
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.


  1. Tulsi sounds wonderful -- I'd love to try the blend with spearmint in it. Do you mail order?


  2. My goodness, yes! I send tea around the world!
    You can call in an order Tuesday-Saturday between 1pm and 5pm at 888-449-9888, email me an order with a phone number (don't email credit card info!) at or place an online order at In the above article Tulsi and Shanti are highlighted in light blue. Click on the word for a direct link to the page for that tea!
    Hope this helps!


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