Feel a cold coming on? Run to your nearest wellness shop and pick up some holy basil, otherwise known as Tulsi. Holy basil has been used for thousands of years in India and in the Ayurvedic practice, and is said to have many medicinal benefits.
One of our favorite things to do here at Balanced Babe is learn more about potent herbs and medicinal foods that can act as a preventative health tool. Holy basil is next on our list!
As a sacred plant of India, holy basil helps your mind, body, and spirit.
According to the Chopra Center, holy basil promotes lightness in the body by cleansing our digestive and respiratory tract.
Not only does Tulsi act as a strong herb for providing the body with antiseptic properties, there is some spirituality behind this plant as well. Hindu mythology claims that keeping a tulsi plant in your home can give you divine protection, and you’re in luck because you can buy your own plant on Amazon!
What are the benefits of Tulsi?
- Stress reduction: You can consume tulsi by adding the plant’s leaves to your recipes or drinking tulsi tea. Tulsi is known to be an adaptogen in Ayurveda by helping the body cope with stress and to reduce headaches. Medicine hunter also goes into more detail about the significance of Tulsi and stress.
- Fights bacteria: with it’s antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Supports a strong immune system, and helps fight off colds
- Promotes healthy brain function
- Acts as an oral refresher when used as a natural mouthwash
- Helps reduce tummy bloat as it is a natural diuretic
Want to try Tulsi for yourself? We’ve listed some products below that you can incorporate into your wellness routine!
- Tulsi powder to blend into smoothies and your morning cup of lemon water.
- Tulsi essential oil to use as aromatherapy
- Tulsi extract to use as a tincture
- Tulsi bar soap for the eco-friendly conscious consumer
- Tulsi, turmeric, neem face wash: a powerhouse trio for anti-inflammatory support
Again, the areas of stress relief and relaxation are where this herb excels; enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress.
We believe supplements and essential oils are the best way to introduce holy basil into your system if you are trying out this herb for the first time. If you have any experiences with it for yourself, share with us in the comments below!
Disclaimer: If you are pregnant, do not consume Tulsi tea. Always speak with your physician before trying any new herbs or supplements.
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