The herb tulsi is also known as “holy basil.” In Ayurveda it is called the “Queen of Herbs.” Holy basil differs from the basil that is used in Italian recipes or the Thai basil that flavors Asian curries. Tulsi has a pungent and bitter taste and is not often used in cooking. It does make an amazing tea, though, with many adaptogenic properties!
With its rich organic compounds tulsi has many health benefits for us. It can relieve acne, alleviate asthma, inflammation, and respiratory issues. It is also said to lower the risk of heart disease. According to the USDA, tulsi is a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. In addition, it provides iron, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, A, and K. That’s a lot of goodness for a little leaf!
What else can tulsi do for us?
- Reduces fever: Fever is a symptom that tells us that the body is fighting an infection. Tulsi has disinfectant, germicidal, and fungicidal properties that destroy pathogens and heal the fever they cause.
- Reduces stress: The antioxidants in tulsi, including Vitamin C, repair the damage done by and also minimize the stress caused by free radicals. Tulsi soothes the nerves and lowers blood pressure.
- Mouth Freshener: Instead of popping a breath mint, chew on a tulsi leaf. Tulsi destroys 99% of germs and bacteria in the mouth and has a long-lasting effect.
- Reduces risk of kidney stones: Tulsi is a mild diuretic as well as a detoxifier, so it helps to reduce the uric acid level in the body. Excess uric acid is the chief cause of kidney stones. And if you do get a kidney stone, tulsi acts as a pain reliever as the stone passes. Tulsi also helps protect the health of the liver.
- Headache relief: Whether it’s a migraine, sinus headache, or headache caused a cough or cold, a single serving of tulsi can usually make it go away. That’s because tulsi contains camphene, eugenol, cineol, carvacrol, and methyl-chavicol, all of which have analgesic, sedative, anti-congestive, and disinfectant properties.
At Tulsi Spa we serve Tulsi Tea, and use Tulsi aromatherapy. Tulsi is in many of our massage oils, too!