Tuesday, November 9, 2010

T for Tulsi!

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Nov 9 2010 11:07AM
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), the sacred herb in Hindu Mythology, has been used for a variety of purposes from releasing positive energy in a house to protecting stored grains from insects and worms to remove pimple-marks from the skin. In an age when Aquaguard and reverse osmosis were non-existent, tulsi served as a natural water-purifier. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, the Holy Basil is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of "elixir of life" and believed to promote longevity.

One of the most popular ways of consuming tulsi is the antioxidant-rich, caffeine-free tulsi tea. The herbal brew’s adaptogens serve as powerful anti-stress agents that protect the body from a wide range of health concerns. The adaptogens guard against and deal with physical, chemical, environmental, and emotional factors that produce high levels of stress that compromise physical and mental health. The tea also helps:

  • Fight off damaging free radicals, which have been linked to disease and aging
  • Sharpen memory and improve concentration
  • Treat irritability
  • Promote calmness and clarity
  • Clear phlegm and ease the symptoms of cold, flu, cough and sore throat
  • Strengthen the stomach and in digestion and metabolism
  • Treat vomiting and nausea
  • Treat constipation
  • Strengthen the kidneys
  • Reduce blood cholesterol
  • Treat insomnia
  • Relieve joint inflammation and arthritis
How do you make tulsi tea?
Infuse the tulsi leaves in boiled water and let it steep for a couple of minutes. You may have it either hot or cold with a squirt of lemon. Iced Tulsi tea makes for a refreshing summer drink.
Although tulsi has many specific effects on different body systems, its main benefits arise from its ability to assist the body's natural healing processes. Some of the effects are quite immediate but others may develop gradually after weeks of regular use.
While there is scientific evidence that supports many of these health claims, additional research is needed to further substantiate medicinal impact and safety. Always consult with your doctor before using herbal treatments to address and support your healthcare needs.

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