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Tulsi – Holy basil the “Elixir of life”
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is commonly known as holy basil. It is a perennial plant found in the Indian subcontinent that has green or purple ovate leaves and purple flowers. There are three subtypes of this plant a) Ram tulsi, 2) Krishna tulsi, and 3) Vana Tulsi (wild/forest variety). All three varieties have been used for thousands of years in religious, spiritual, and Ayurvedic traditions of Hinduism.
Scientific name: Ocimum sanctum
Rasa (taste): Bitter, pungent
Virya (effect): Heating
Guna (quality): Light, dry, sharp
Part Used: Leaf, root, and seeds (powdered or fresh)
Classification: Adaptogenic (rasayana)
Impact: Detoxifying, boosts metabolism and supports immunity
Dosha: Pacifies Vata and Kapha Dosha, increases Pitta
Tulsi - holy basil the "Elixir of life"
Ayurvedic scholars have conducted a comprehensive study of benefits of various herbs that grow in India’s incredible biodiversity. However, of all the herbs used and studied, none has achieved the reverence that is given to tulsi or holy basil (Ocimum sanctum).
In fact, tulsi is called the “elixir of life” and has been adopted into numerous daily rituals, religious ceremonies, and everyday Ayurvedic practices. Even to this day, in the Indian sub-continent, people grow tulsi plants at home to honor an elaborate and longstanding history of its spiritual and practical significance.
Ayurveda promotes the use of tulsi as a rasayana (health tonic) to harness its health-promoting, and purifying capabilities. Modern scientific research has also confirmed many of these beneficial effects.¹
Among these, the most notable benefits include its positive impact on the body’s ability to support occasional physical and psychological stress. It also supports mental clarity and promotes healthy brain function.
Stress Support: For thousands of years, Ayurveda has upheld tulsi as the most potent adaptogen (rasayana) on account of its ability to foster well-being, resilience, and longevity. As an adaptogenic herb, it supports relief from the occasional stresses of modern life.
Mental Health: The roots, leaves, and seeds of tulsi have various uses to boost metabolism and build resilience. As adaptogens, they help your body feel calm and relaxed. The regular use of tulsi promotes restful sleep and overall mood improvement
The morning ritual of drinking tulsi tea (caffeine-free) is often called “Liquid Yoga” because it has the same impact as a morning yoga session – it promotes clarity and well-being.
Immune Support: Tulsi is useful for maintaining a normal body temperature and bolstering the immune system. It removes excess Kapha and promotes clear and easy breathing. In Ayurveda, the regular consumption of tulsi as a health tonic is linked to healthy weight management.
Cholesterol: Regular consumption of tulsi can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range. The adaptogenic properties of tulsi boost metabolism, support healthy circulation, promote healthy heart function, and aid in weight loss.
Other known health benefits of tulsi include:
- Tulsi acts as a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent
- Supports oral health and dental hygiene
Frequently Asked Questions
Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.
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