5 Reasons To Use Tulsi Tea

Dr. Morgan Camp M.D.

IN BRIEF

A morning or afternoon ritual like enjoying a cup of tea, is the perfect time to add a shot of healthy goodness to your diet! Instead of choosing a bag of Lipton, why not try an herbal infusion with tulsi, also known as holy basil? Here are some of the benefits of tulsi tea

Many people love coffee, and tea, and different tastes like the chai latte are beginning to gain quite a following too. But where tea is concerned, which is an herbal infusion, the sky’s the limit in terms of options. Many medicinal herbs make fantastic teas, offering real health benefits along with your afternoon afternoon ritual. 

Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb used in the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. When made into a tea, it can deliver you the healing benefits this herb is known for, every day. This herb is great for promoting feelings of calm and relaxation. (2, 3)

Sounds like a lovely way to start the day, or take an afternoon break, doesn’t it? 

Here are some Tulsi Tea Benefits :

#1 Steeped In Religious & Scientific Benefits 

Tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae (tribe ocimeae), which is believed to have originated in India. It now grows native throughout the tropical zones of the east. (1)

In both Hinduism and Ayurveda, tulsi is celebrated as a plant to be worshipped. It has three justifiable nicknames: (1)

  1. The Incomparable One
  2. Mother Medicine of Nature
  3. The Queen of Herbs 

The Religion 

Revered as an “elixir of life” for both its medicinal and spiritual properties, within India, tulsi has been adopted into rituals and lifestyle practices, that provide an array of health benefits. It’s sometimes called Holy Basil or ‘Hot Basil’, for its peppery taste. (9)

The plant is revered as a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi (Tulsi). It’s grown in many Hindu homes, and it is believed that its presence enhances devoutness, promotes meditation, and that it purifies and protects. (1,9)

The ritual of watering and caring for tulsi, usually undertaken by the women of the house, is considered worshipful. It’s cultivated at temples, and the stems that have died are used to make beads for sacred rosaries. (1,9)

Tea with the leaves is often given to the dying, and funeral pyres are fitted with the twigs, in the hope that the deceased may be liberated from the cycle of rebirth. (9)

It’s also widely used in Ayurvedic and folk medicine for a variety of ailments, as an herbal tea or a herb in cooking. (9)

The Science 

Scientific knowledge reinforces ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, indicating that tulsi is a tonic that offers solutions to modern-day health problems of the body, mind and spirit. (6)

There is scientific evidence for therapeutic use, especially the pharmacological effects on the central nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, and gastric and urinary systems. (3)

Essential oil from the leaves of the plant are agents for the treatment of infections or ulcers, preventing progression to more serious infections. This minimizes unnecessary antibiotic use and the associated developments of antibiotic resistance. (7)

There are not too many things in life that can be celebrated by both religion and science. Considering Tulsi has been used for over 1000 years, we can toast it even further. (3)

#2 Tulsi Tea Benefits Farmers 

Tulsi provides a focus for ethical and sustainable farming practices, providing livelihoods for thousands of farmers across India. (1)

Tulsi crops yield two products: seeds and leaves. The seeds can be sold in local markets, while the oil obtained from the leaves is manufactured into mosquito repellant and antimalarial drugs. (5)

After harvesting the leaves are dried, then steam distilled to obtain Basil oil. From the herb, several products like Panch Tulsi oil, Tulsi Ginger, Tulsi Powder, Tulsi Capsules, and Tulsi Tea are made after processing. (5)

The Central Governments feel tulsi cultivation is opening new windows for farmers. The Ministry of AYUSH even recommends people to drink Kadha, a formulation made of tulsi leaves, ginger powder, and black pepper – for self-care and immunity-boosting measures. (5)

Commercial processing of tulsi is one of the most profitable businesses in India. The nation has a rich history of classical healing systems, a considerable amount from the utilization of plants. (5)

#3 Tulsi Tea Has Many Health Benefits 

Tulsi has a history within ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for many conditions:

  1. Its fresh flowers are used for bronchitis (2)
  2. The leaves and seeds with black pepper, treat malaria (2)
  3. The whole plant, for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting (2)
  4. A pill and ointment form, for eczema (2)
  5. The alcohol extract, for stomach ulcers (2) 
  6. The leaves left in boiled water overnight, for eye diseases (1)
  7. Essential oil made from the leaves, for insect bites (2)
  8. The leaves externally on infection sites of ringworm (1)

Diabetes, high cholesterol, tooth plaque and gum disease, obesity, asthma, heart disease, hepatitis, high blood pressure, and tuberculosis are all conditions highly reported to be helped by tulsi. (6,8)

Even common ailments like a cold or indigestion are said to be helped by tulsi – although more scientific evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness for these uses. (4,8)

The nutritional value is high too; tulsi contains vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll. (2)

#4 Tulsi For The Brain

It’s a no-brainer! Research suggests that taking tulsi extract twice daily reduces anxiety, stress, and depression. It can also reduce depression in people with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and it has a calming effect that, for many, leads to clarity of thought. Some people who drink the tea say it makes them feel more social. (10)

Studies also reveal that tulsi enhances memory and cognitive function and protects against aging-induced memory loss. (1)

Taking the extract by mouth in the morning and at night decreases symptoms of stress, forgetfulness, sexual problems, exhaustion, and sleep problems. It can help control blood-sugar levels and it can even help stop headaches in their tracks. (1,3)

When taken by mouth it’s safe when used for up to 8 weeks. The appropriate dose depends on several factors such as age and health. (8)

One of the safest ways to ingest high-quality tulsi is by taking Be Serene. Along with other natural ingredients promoting a state of calm and relaxation, with Be Serene worries and anxiety simply wash away.

#5  Tulsi Is Anti-Pollution

Tulsi has even been used to combat air pollution! Hundreds of thousands of tulsi plants have been planted around the Taj Mahal, to help protect the iconic building from environmental pollution damage. (1)

Tulsi has a combination of pharmacological actions. Studies attest to the ability of tulsi to prevent liver, kidney, and brain injury by protecting against the genetic, immune, and cellular damage caused by pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals. It’s even credited by some as a treatment for mercury poisoning. (1)

Whether it’s physical, metabolic, environmental or mental stress, tulsi can help detoxify it. It can be good for you to chew on a few tulsi leaves daily, but it’s even better to drink it. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking it as tea, using two teaspoons of the leaves, and steeping for 5 minutes. (10)

Five minutes of quiet is certainly not everything that’s needed for a tea break. The type of tea we choose can make our day even more soothing.

If you’d like to sip more serenely, tulsi tea gives potent reasons to raise a cup.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/ 
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits” 
  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2016.00681/full 
  4. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2017/9217567/ 
  5. https://www.nmpb.nic.in/ 
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16170979/ 
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0176161716300062
  8. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1101/holy-basil 
  9. https://www.britannica.com/plant/holy-basil 
  10. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284800393

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About Dr. Morgan Camp M.D.

Dr. Morgan is an expert in Functional and Integrative Medicine with a Strong Emphasis in stress related illnesses like anxiety and insomnia. In addition to his 20 years of work in Functional Medicine, he has expanded his practice to include work on the deeper aspects of our being that point to the root cause of our illnesses working with Mind Body Wellness, Energy Medicine, and Healing with Consciousness.
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