Rejuvenating Tulsi Tea made from carefully selected Tulsi leaves. One of the most cherished healing herbs of India, Tulsi has been used for centuries to reduce stress, support strength and stamina, promote immunity, and enhance calm and clarity. A caffeine-free all season drink rich in anti-oxidants.
The “Queen of Herbs,” also known as Holy Basil (Tulsi) is the most sacred herb of India. It is cultivated in Southern Asia, in places like Thailand, India and other Hindu influenced countries. The tulsi plant was discovered over 5000 years ago. Tulsi-tea is considered as an important icon in Hindu culture, and worshipped in mornings and evenings by the people. Because of the significant benefits of tulsi-tea, it is now widely known not only in India but also in the Western World. Several studies and various amounts of research have been done to find out the therapeutic effects of this super herb.
What is Tulsi?
The scientific name of Tulsi / Ocimum Tenuiflorum / Holy Basil
The word tulsi means ‘the incomparable plant’. The plant can grow up to a height of 60 centimeters. It is an entirely different plant from the pesto variety of Basil, Ocimum Basillicum. There are two main varieties of tulsi- the one with the green leaves known as Rama tulsi, and the one with the reddish leaves known as Krishna or Shyama tulsi. The holy basil plant, in all of its forms- dried, fresh, and powdered- have several healing properties that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. It is an adaptogenic herb which means its non-toxic and has a normalizing effect on the body. Typically this refers to its ability to help the body adapt to stress.
Health Benefits of Tulsi tea:
The health benefits of tulsi are due to the active ingredient, Eugenol present in the leaves. It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties. Tulsi tea is rich in anti-oxidants, which help the body fight free radicals that are responsible for causing various chronic degenerative diseases.
Tulsi tea does wonders in several respiratory illnesses ranging from things as simple as mild colds and coughs to bronchitis and asthma. Tulsi has immunomodulatory (helps to enhance the immune system), antitussive (suppression of cough) and expectorant (helps in expelling out the phlegm) properties that provide relief in colds, coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Tulsi contains essential oils such as camphene, eugenol and cineole that help in relieving congestion. This herbal tea is loaded with anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can help in fighting infections as well as inflammations and allergies of respiratory tract.
Always boil freshly drawn cold water as the oxygen in the water brings out the best flavour of the tea. Brew with freshly boiled water for 3-5 minutes. No milk required for Tulsi herbal tea. Add a slice of lemon. Enjoy.
Place away from sunlight and strong odours.