What is Tulsi?
Often referred to as Holy Basil, Tulsi is a traditional and sacred Indian herb. It is a powerful Ayurvedic herb that "carries the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes and generates a warming influence on the physiology”, according to the Chopra Centre. Tulsi is cultivated in Southern Asia (India, Thailand and other Hindu influenced countries) and is a small bushy shrub.
How does Tulsi help with stress relief?
Tulsi is classified as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogenic is a bit of a buzzword these days as we all try to cope with busier lives and increasing levels of stress. As you likely know, stress causes a lot of harm on your body. Adaptogens work to reduce those harmful effects. They help your body work optimally in times of stress - both physical and emotional. Keep in mind that drinking Tulsi is not the cure for stress, but it’s a great tool for your tool belt. Managing stress could take the form of many different practices; meditation, yoga, exercise, proper nutrition, drinking adaptogenic herbal tea are all tools we use. Try making a cup of tulsi tea and finding a quiet place to sip it.
Other health benefits of Tulsi:
- Fights fatigue, anti-aging
- Boosts the immune system
- Provides relief in colds, coughs and respiratory illnesses
- Regulates blood sugar
- Relieves headache and migraines
- Improves digestion
This herb makes a lot of claims! It’s pretty crazy what the earth produces for us. Plus, the flavour of tulsi is quite soothing. It’s mild, with subtle mint, licorice or clove-like flavours. What do you think of Tulsi?
Our first curated tulsi blend was featured in October’s tea box and is one of the best tasting tulsi teas we've found! Called Little Prince, this blend is herbaceous and minty with hints of spice, floral notes mid-sip and a cinnamon finish. A calming blend that's great all day long. Read more about this tea here >>