Tusli is also known as holy basil and it said to be the the yoga of all herbs. Just like the yoga pose Tadasana, tulsi provides balance and grounding. This plant is considered an Ayurvedic herb, with its origin believed to be in north central India, now growing throughout the eastern world tropics.
Tulsi is an adaptogen herb, due to its pharmacological actions. This herb is said to work with the central nervous system by enhancing various cellular and physiological adaptive functions. When the body is experiencing stress, we go into what is called fight or flight mode. During fight or flight, the adrenal glands produce more stress hormones which can affect our metabolism, increase inflammation, and immune system responses. Tulsi’s adaptogenic factors allow the body to function optimally during times of stress, working to prevent decrease stress hormone levels. These actions work to sharpen the mind, stimulate the nerves. It works to also balance hormones while sustaining a healthy level of cortisol.
This herb is similar to nettle in that it is also the “good for everything herb”. It works to nourish not only the body but the mind and spirit through its rich essentials oils with high antioxidant contents, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Consuming tulsi on a daily basis is said to prevent disease, promote general health, wellbeing, longevity, and assists in dealing with the stresses of daily life.
Tulsi is a herb that can be your yoga in liquid form. Along with yoga movement it can provide your body with many benefits. It creates mind-body connections, sharpens your mind, stimulates yours nerve, balances your hormones and sustains cortisol levels. To promote wellbeing and create more balance and grounding, you can steep one tablespoon of tulsi tea in hot water for three to five minutes, strain and enjoy.
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REFERENCE: Cohen, M. (2014). Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 5(4), 251. doi:10.4103/0975-9476.146554