Holy basil, also known as tulsi, has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb for its ability to treat stress. It has also been long considered a sacred herb according to ayurvedic practices. Tulsi is both grounding and uplifting and is known for providing a centering effect for the body and mind. Just gently run your hands through it and you’ll notice its sweet clove-like scent. Many of tulsi’s protective benefits come from its high concentration of phytochemical constituents. Its essential oils are high in antioxidant potential, which helps the body combat the effects of stress as well as conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Studies have shown that consuming holy basil is beneficial to your overall wellbeing. It’s been found to be antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-viral, adaptogenic (helps our bodies recover from all levels of mental and physical stress), antidiabetic, blood-protective, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antiulcer, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, and cardioprotective (phew!).
Tulsi not only tastes uplifting but it also has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicines to help your body reduce its overall reaction to stress (think high levels of cortisol) as well as recover quickly from chronic stressors. This is especially beneficial now in the digital age where it may be difficult for your mind to find a way to take a break. Tulsi’s highly effective anxiety-regulating benefits have been noted and have been long used to improve mood, memory, and cognitive function. Tulsi is highly anti-inflammatory. And as such, is beneficial in treating conditions like arthritis, depression, hay-fever, and many lung conditions. This is mostly due to its essential oils. They work to provide relief from congestion as well as other respiratory disorder symptoms.
How to use it:
Holy basil can be infused in a carrier oil to treat acne and small wounds. I like to use argan oil since it’s less likely to clog large pores like coconut oil. Adding tulsi to your meals is a great way to add a tasty layer to your everyday meals - especially if they’re Thai or Indian inspired. And my favorite way to enjoy tulsi any time of year for an instant uplift is as a tea. I don’t find the need to add honey since I think it’s sweet enough. But you may find that adding a little honey boosts its flavor, especially when enjoying it as an iced tea.
There’s so much I could say about tulsi but I’ll sum it up with a few bullet points. But honestly, the list could really go on and on!
● Balance Hormones
● Fights skin infections
● Balances blood sugar levels