Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for â€œthe incomparable oneâ€, has claimed a significant place in Ayurveda, an ancient holistic medical system where it is also known as â€œHoly Basilâ€. For more than 3000 years, Tulsi has been considered one of Indiaâ€™s most powerful herbs and it is believed that the daily use of this herb helps maintain the balance of the energy centers (chakras) of the body. Indian folk medicine uses the Tulsi leaves to brew a tea which is given to treat congestion, stomach upsets, headaches, fevers and infections.
Today, there has been a significant amount of both animal and human clinical research studies on the benefits of Tulsi and we now know that this versatile plant is an adaptogen (herbs which help the body cope and adapt to external/ internal stressors) with great restorative powers. The plantâ€™s chemistry is very complex and contains hundreds of phyto-chemicals. These phyto-chemicals work synergistically to support the bodyâ€™s own healing system. Some of its benefits include:
- Stress relief
- Enhanced immunity and stamina
- Support during cold season
- Promotion of a healthy metabolism
- Anti-oxidant activity
Some of Tulsi effects you will feel immediately. For example, you may feel more relaxed and energized after the first cup, while others develop gradually over time, such as increased metabolism and stronger immune function. For maximum benefits, it is recommended to drink Tulsi regularly over an extended period of time.
Although Tulsi has many specific effects on different body systems, its main benefits arise from its impressive general capacity to assist the body’s natural process of healing and maintaining health. Tulsi overall health promotion and disease prevention effects are powerful, but often subtle. For example, you may simply notice that you do not seem to be bothered by stress or common illnesses, such as colds or flu, nearly as often as before. Or you may notice that you generally tire less easily.
Tulsi is generally regarded as safe and can be taken over extended periods of time. To make an herbal infusion, use 1 tsp of dried leaf to 6oz of boiling water and steep covered for five to ten minutes. For best results, drink 2-3 cups daily.