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Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Selvia Tjandra-Stothers

Two months ago, my love affair with coffee had shifted to “queen of herbs” called holy basil. Not only does this leafy plant have a history within Indian medicine as treatments for many conditions including diarrhea, nausea, eczema, and bronchitis, but also when I drink it as tea, it gives me energy. Perfect for when I need a “pick me up” without caffeine intake.

So what is this plant?

Holy basil or Tulsi comes from a plant in the family of Lamiaceae, which is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is also widely known as a medicinal plant and herbal tea commonly used in Ayurveda.

Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, Tulsi is considered to be an Adaptogen, which means it could help reduce stress. Also helps tackle anxiety: it’s rich in anti-oxidants; it helps to relieve colds, coughs, and other respiratory illness.

This herbal tea is loaded with anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help in fighting infections.

Now that I’ve learned all the health benefits from this plant, it is hard for me not to take it on a daily basis, and when I do, I feel more energized yet calm.

I still love coffee, but no longer drink it twice a day, nor do I drink it with half-and-half.

I now drink a cup of Tulsi tea with honey, or go to a 45 minute work-out at Soul Cycle, whichever my body and mind decides that day. .

Selvia

 

Some places you can get Tulsi:

 

Us.organicindia.com

Kalutsyan’s.com

Banyanbotanicals.com


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