By Sean Michael Hall, L.Ac.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is by far one of my favorite herbs.
Its light flavor makes it an ideal tea to sip, hot or cold, throughout the day. The herb is much revered in India, and is known as one of the most sacred plants. It’s energy is considered to be pure Sattva and it is said to open the heart and mind, and clear the aura.
Medicinally, Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, for centuries, to support a healthy response to stress, promote longevity, nourish the mind, and elevate the spirit. And now, many modern studies support this use.
Studies show tulsi does lower blood glucose levels.
It also is a natural COX-2 enzyme modulator, which means it has an inflammatory-cascade normalizing action. Many studies now show it supports immune system health, and it is a potent anti-oxidant.
For those dealing with a lot of stress in their lives I recommend steeping a few tablespoons in a quart of water, and drinking room-temperature throughout the day. Or, my favorite, mix 1-part Tulsi, with 1-part Yerba Mate, and drink hot in the morning with almond milk. Tulsi can be found as a loose-leaf tea or in tea bags in most natural food stores. Enjoy!