The useful effects of Tulsi tea have been widely acknowledged in the field of Indian ayurvedic therapy for a long time now.
Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil. Tulsi is an erect, multi-branched shrub that is about 30 to 60cm tall, with simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented, and hairy stems. Tulsi can be found throughout the Old World tropics and is a cultivated plant and an escaped weed.
Tulsi is an important symbol in the Hindu religion and it is a significant herb in ayurvedic medicine. The Hindus grow and cultivate tulsi as a religious plant in homes and temples. The leaves of the tulsi are important in their meditation activities.
Tulsi or Holy Basil is mentioned in the Charak Samhita, the central teaching of ayurvedic medicine, and it was written at least two thousand years ago.
Tulsi tea is created by infusing the tulsi leaves in hot or boiling water. The process of infusion transfers the antioxidant and adaptogenic properties of tulsi into the tea.
Known by its strong aroma and astringent taste, tulsi tea is famous in the ayurvedic world as an ‘elixir of life’.
Here are some of the health benefits attributed to Tulsi Tea:
- As an adaptogen tulsi tea aids the body in coping up with stress.
- Can help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and keep the heart healthy.
- Could help treat digestive and gastrointestinal problems.
- May facilitate healthy functioning of the liver.
- As an antioxidant tulsi tea fights free radicals that wreak havoc in the cells.
- May assist in the treatment of diabetes.
- Thought to help treat chronic fatigue syndrome.
- May be useful in treating eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
- Claimed to help improve the memory.
- Believed to help alleviate problems in the respiratory system.