Tulsi (Holy Basil) Ocimum sanctum
Tulsi takes root in the ancient healing practices of Ayurvedic herbalism. Originally cultivated in the subcontinent of India, it has traditionally been used to cure colds and flus. Tulsi is worshiped as the living representation of the Goddess Locksmi, in the Indian Hindu religious tradition. Its sacred healing capabilities make it revered and precious to people all over the world.
The benefits of tulsi are plentiful, its pungent qualities are believed to purify and cleanse the body of toxins aiding in overall health. Tulsi is an excellent herb for acute or chronic digestive disturbances. It improves nutrient absorption and eases and releases the nervous stress that many hold in their digestive tract. It is used to treat a variety of digestive disorders, such as heartburn, bloating, gas, and ulcers by increasing the production of protective stomach mucus.
Recent studies have discovered that tulsi has antioxidant properties that lowers cortisol levels and influences the neurochemistry of the brain similar to that of antidepressant medication. Regular ingestion of tulsi strengthens nerve tissue, promotes clarity of mind, increases memory, and eases nervous tension. Known by many as a adaptogenic herb, it aids the body in adapting to ongoing mental, physical, biological, and environment stress by supporting and balancing endocrine hormones and the immune system.
From respiratory and immunity health to healthy stress response. Tulsi’s healing power is also seen in it’s ability to lower blood sugar to treat diabetes effectively; protect the heart with it’s potent anti-oxidant compounds; dissolves kidney stones because of it’s diuretic and detoxifying qualities; keeps skin and hair radiant by purification of the blood; prevents cancer by supplying the body with phytonutrients that contain anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative qualities.
These are just some of the incredible healing benefits of the plant, simple others include treatment for insect bites, common eye issues, skin irritation, and many more! There are a handful of ways to enjoy the vast healing benefits of tulsi. Some of which are drinking it as a tea, adding it to a soup, a potent tincture or glycerite, or eating it raw after a harvest.
Just half a leaf of Tulsi is as useful in keeping the body healthy and away from diseases, as all the items and medicines made from all the flowers and leaves of the world.”