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Organic Tulsi Tea
It's also called Holy Basil Herb
Organic tulsi tea is recognized around the world as having significant health benefits. The tulsi tree is also known as holy basil herb. Holy basil extract or tulsi extract can be added to tea mixes, juice, or water.
Tulsi tea is one of the great discoveries we have made while researching the world of organic food.
The health benefits claimed by those who grow it and use it are significant.
Personal, hands-on research is always infallible of course. We can't deny our own experience. We have found there are real benefits to the tea.
Tulsi tea is prepared from the tulsi leaf. Tulsi is an aromatic herb shrub grown in temperate climates.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is the sacred 'Queen of Herbs' of India. It has been a principal herb in the ancient holistic healing system of Ayurveda for over 5000 years.
It was known by the sages to be a healing balm for the body, mind and spirit, and healing practitioners have proven this to be the case.
Benefits of Tulsi
Scientific research carried out in modern times continues to produce evidence that Tulsi:
- Improves stamina and endurance
- Increases the bodys efficiency in using oxygen
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces inflammation
- Protects against radiation damage
- Lessens ageing factors
- Supports the heart, lungs and liver
- Has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties
In the words of Dr. Ralph Miller, PhD (former Director of Research, Canadian National Department of Health and Welfare):
Overall, Tulsi is a premier adaptogen, helping the body and mind to adapt and cope with a wide range of physical, emotional, chemical and infectious stresses, and restores disturbed physiological and psychological functions to a normal healthy state.
How can it be so powerful in so many ways?
Tulsi's chemical composition is highly complex and made up of an abundance of nutrients and other biologically active compounds. In action it is an adaptogen, an immuno-modulator, and a rich source of antioxidants.
An adaptogen improves the bodys ability to adapt to and cope with stress. It lessens significantly the negative effect of stress on the body and mind, caused by mental tension, emotional problems, disease, pollution and many other common life events.
An immuno-modulator strengthens the bodys immune system and makes it more efficient in overcoming disease causing agents such as viruses, bacteria, microbes and allergens. In doing so health is protected and maintained.
Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that are missing the required number of electrons within it. The natural response to this condition is for an atom to steal electrons from another atom.
If it does so, then the atom from which it steals becomes a free radical itself. Ultimately the chain reaction will damage or destroy the human cell of which atoms are a core part.
Antioxidants (certain vitamins) solve this problem by donating one of their own electrons to a free radical. This neutralises it and puts a stop to the chain reaction of atoms stealing electrons from other atoms. Cell health is therefore protected.
The history of the plant is closely linked with folklore and mythology. It is believed to be the embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi, the spouse of Vishnu, and has been revered since ancient times in India as a link between the household and the spiritual world.
The Goddess Lakshmi
Tulsi is still believed to be doing wonderful things for people today!
Tulsi Tea - a powerful drink that
heals and protects body, mind and spirit
What an amazing herb Tulsi, or Holy Basil is! As a tea it is easily digested and immediately goes to work using its powers to protect, maintain and cure. There are other benefits of Tulsi not yet mentioned:
- Reduces nausea, vomiting and cramp
- Lowers fevers
- Supports and improves the digestive system
- Helps manage blood-glucose ratio
- Supports dental and oral health
- Helps other therapeutic treatments to be more successful
Drinking Tulsi Tea...
use tulsi extract (or holy basil extract) or tulsi leaves
For my first cup of Tulsi Tea, I used the peppermint variety. I chose that in particular because peppermint is good for the stomach and digestive system and I had suffered problems in that area all my life.
Although those problems disappeared when I switched to organic food I still instinctively make food choices based on my memories of stomach pains and nausea.
Anyway, I was so excited about drinking this magical brew that I took my time in preparing it. The kettle boiled and I immediately poured the water into my new cup (yes, sadly I bought a new one for the occasion!) and onto the organic, peppermint flavour Tulsi teabag.
As I bent down towards the cup, my nose quivering in olfactory anticipation, I was stopped in my tracks by an aroma that can only be described as a perfectly balanced mixture of peppermint and spices. In other words - the smell was lovely!
Those ingredients were to be expected of course, as I had read the packet. But reading did not prepare me for the experience. Rich and exotic are words that came to mind as I stood there inhaling the Tulsi tea fumes.
I let it infuse for 3 minutes. I would have given it a further minute but I couldn't wait. I sat down in my favourite armchair, cup in hand, and prepared to sample and savour.
It tasted good. It tasted very good. I tried to separate the Tulsi herb flavour from the peppermint, but found that I couldnt. Yes, I could pinpoint the peppermint, but what it was combined with didn't seem to be a single element or taste. The Tulsi seemed to consist of several different flavours - or perhaps none at all!
Many cups later I became aware that how I perceive the taste of Tulsi depends on how I feel physically and mentally at the time of drinking.
I suppose it took six or seven minutes to drink that first cup. I did not move from the armchair for half an hour. To say I felt relaxed would be an understatement. I felt at peace in body, mind and spirit. I spent the following half an hour washing up and mopping the kitchen floor. I was so focussed during this that it seemed like it took only five minutes.
I drank another cup of Tulsi tea around 8pm that evening. That night I slept very well. I usually do sleep well. It's the mornings that are often my problem, as it takes me a while to get the energy to get going. Well, I did not have that difficulty the following morning.
In the couple of weeks that I have been using organic Tulsi Tea, I have not had any health problems, despite most of my colleagues at work having colds, and many of them having some virus that causes illness for 48 hours.
It is still early days for my personal Tulsi research, but things are looking great.
Tulsi Seeds: Grow Your own Tulsi Tree
Tulsi seeds are easy to grow. Start with small Tulsi seeds sown in early spring indoors (or outdoors if you have a greenhouse) for a safer start, or plant Tulsi seed in your spring or summer garden as soon as it is warm enough.
Tulsi seeds need to be planted just under the surface of your organic soil and pressed in firmly. Water your planted seeds and keep as warm as possible until germination, which usually occurs within 1 to 2 weeks. Tulsi plants prefers full sun, rich soil, and plenty of water. As the Tulsi seeds germinate and start to grow, thin out to 1 to 2 feet apart.
Tulsi also grows well in pots or window boxes, and, in India, is often grown near the front door of the house for good luck; with age your plant will grow into a Tulsi tree.
While the benefits of Tulsi are widely reported, the content of this page is an opinion and not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or health care practioner for specific problems or advice.
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