The Holy Basil plant, also known as Tulsi, is a bountiful herb, entrenched in the culture of India as an Ayurvedic healing wonder and a Hindu object of prayer. It lives with tradition in India and has been a physical and spiritual cure-all.
A Nutrient Rich Herb
Tulsi is a nutrient rich herb that also conducts improved absorption of nutrients into the body from other foods and herbs as well. Its most abundant nutrients are vitamins A and C, and the minerals iron, calcium and zinc.
The most popular health benefit of tulsi tea is that it is an adoptogen. Adaptogens are in high demand in today’s fast-paced society. Tulsi regulates cortisol and helps those who are “stressed out” to handle challenges with reduced stress.
Treatment of Digestive Disorders
Tulsi has been used in the treatment of digestive disorders, ranging from bloating to heartburn, among its other traditional uses. The scientific basis of these longstanding claims has been suggested by studies performed on animals. In addition, Holy Basil has also been shown to have significant anti-ulcer activity. It helps in reducing the effects of irritating drugs and peptic acid on the protective lining of the stomach by increasing the production of protective stomach mucous.
More Health Benefits of Holy Basil
In addition to improving digestion, Holy Basil strengthens the immune system and improves liver health and functions. It also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure which contributes to heart and vascular health. Respiratory health is improved by Holy Basil, as it enhances the body’s ability to use oxygen. This increased oxygen supply increases stamina and endurance. Holy Basil removes phlegm from the bronchial tubes, and is used to treat asthma, influenza and bronchitis.
The anti-viral aspects of the herb work well to reduce fevers and overcome colds and flu. Even serious fevers, such as malaria, are arrested by Holy Basil. The anti-bacterial aspects benefit oral health and skin health. Insect bites benefit too.
Tulsi contains one of cosmetic industry’s favorite ingredient, Ursolic Acid, that not only quickly heals the skin but also improves skin elasticity and removes wrinkles. Also, a poultice made from this versatile herb may be used topically due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal actions.
Tulsi Aids Meditation
Due to the mind nutrients it contains, Tulsi has been touted for its ability to bring mental and spiritual clarity and to assist with meditation.
“In my clinical practice I use holy basil to enhance cerebral circulation and memory. It is used in ayurvedic medicine to relieve “mental fog” caused by chronic cannabis smoking. It can be combined with other cerebral stimulants such as rosemary, bacopa, and ginkgo to help people with menopausal cloudy thinking, poor memory, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to speed up recovery from head trauma.” – David Winston, Herbalist
It is clear that to include Holy Basil in your herbal repertoire will enhance your physical, mental and spiritual health.
Andrea Phillips writes on an array of topics like Health and Nutrition, Organic Agriculture, and Relationships, to name a few. She has also written for a publishing company in Washington, DC, and an organic agricultural newsletter in Israel.