Tulsi Tea is an ancient herbal remedy originating from India and tropical regions of Asia and has been cultivated for over 5000 years. This variety of tea is grown in these warm, tropical climates as a perennial, low growing herb and is included in various cuisines from Italian, Thai, Vietnamese or Loatian, among many others.
Tulsi Tea, otherwise known as Holy Basil, is an ayurvedic remedy discovered to have fabulous health benefits.
Holy Basil or Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen; hence it is invaluable as an anti-stress agent. In fact, it is sometimes said to be more effective at reducing stress than ginseng. Tulsi, the sacred basil, is one of the holiest plants of modern Indians, renowned for its health promoting and disease-preventing properties. Apart from its therapeutic properties, the tea is delicious! The tea can be served with or without milk and sweetener depending on your taste. However, most people enjoy it served as is without addition of anything.
Available for purchase from your local supermarket or greengrocer, the basil may either come as a small plant, or packages of fresh stems. The leaves may be plucked from the stem to add flavour to your cooking or even take as a tea. Basil provides such a delicious aroma and flavour, and is more beneficial to be taken fresh. When using basil to add flavour to cooking, make sure it is added at the last minute as the flavour is destroyed as it cooks.
Storage of Fresh Basil
If time permits, blanch fresh basil quickly before storing in plastic bags in the freezer or fridge. It will keep for a short time by simply sealing the basil in plastic and keeping it in the fridge.
Benefits of Fresh Basil Leaves
Should you be feeling stressed or exhausted, and suffering any associated symptoms such as headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, nerve pain and so on, or feel that your memory needs a boost, taking basil is the perfect tonic. This herb is known to be both antiseptic and cleansing and assists the body overcome a variety of infections.
The relaxant properties that are found in hot basil tea, extend to both respiratory and digestive tracts and so relieves symptoms of colic, constipation, nausea, asthma and coughs. As well, Tulsi Tea can reduce fevers and moves phlegm build up during times of suffering colds and flu.
1. assists in sharpening memory and concentration
2. tonic for nerves and treats irritability
3. reduces stress
4. promotes calmness and clarity
5. clears phlegm from chest and nose
6. eases symptoms of colds, flu, coughs and sore throats
7. strengthens the stomach
8. treats vomiting and nausea
9. improves metabolism
10. aids in treating constipation
11. strengthens the kidneys
12. known as a anti-stress agent or 'adaptogen'
13. may reduce blood cholesterol
14. assists in treating insomnia
Leaves of the Holy Basil herb may be chewed to help relieve ulcers of infections of the mouth, and can also assist with various skin diseases, bites, stings, cuts and wounds if juiced and applied to the skin. This method may also be used to treat head lice.
Enjoy Tulsi Tea or Holy Basil Today
The taking of Tulsi tea or holy basil leaves can refresh you when you feel tired, calm you when you feel tense or anxious as well as providing many other benefits. Holy Basil or Tulsi tea is rich in natural antioxidants, is a powerful adaptogen and a natural immuno-modulator.
Include Holy Basil in your diet today or put a few leaves in your food today and you will enjoy all these health benefits.