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Tulsi (Holy Basil)


Tulsi, commonly known as “Holy Basil”, has a great traditional reputation as a premium Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb. It is not only a source of Vitamin K, important for transporting calcium through the body, it is also said to aid the digestive system. Holy Basil herb can be infused in boiling water and made into a delicious Tulsi tea.



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Stress / Anxiety

Tulsi benefits many types of stress including physical, mental and metabolic. In the case of physical stress, Tulsi is powerfully antioxidant, supporting the body in its efforts to detoxify. It enhances the activity of endogenous antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione and superoxide-dismutase.

If we are mentally and emotionally stressed, free radical levels go up in the body. Holy Basil has been shown to decrease the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone), due to its rich phytochemical content. Three specific compounds are responsible for this action; ocimumosides A and B and 4-allyl-1-O-beta-D-glucopyronosyl-2-hydroxybenzene – the latter having been shown in the laboratory to exhibit anti-anxiety properties. As a herbal adaptogen, Tulsi helps to bring the endocrine system and hormones back into balance. Hormone imbalances can be the root cause of many problems including insomnia, fatigue, digestive issues, depression, weight gain and more.

The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine reports that Tulsi has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties that are comparable to diazepam and other antidepressants. In one study it was found that subjects who took 500mg of Tulsi extract daily felt significantly less anxious and depressed, as well as feeling more sociable.1

Oral Health

Chewing the leaves of Tulsi to support dental health has been a part of the Hindu culture for millennia. Modern science has discovered that this herb contains many phytochemicals that combat oral bacteria, relieve the pain caused by toothache and fight candida. Containing antibacterial agents such as carracrol and tetpene, Holy Basil can make an effective treatment for common oral infections.

A study published in “The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry” found that a mouthwash containing Tulsi “was comparable to chlorhexidine with respect to its anti-plaque action with no statistically significant difference between the two.” Additionally, the same study found that the herb does indeed have powerful antibacterial qualities. It was shown to be effective against two proven periodontopathogens, P. intermedia and F. nucleatum.2

Respiratory Health

Tulsi leaves are rich in the compounds camphene, eugenol and cineole which help to relieve congestion and provide relief from the symptoms of many other respiratory disorders. In cases of asthma, a study of asthmatic patients found that 500 mg of dried Tulsi leaves taken three times daily improved vital capacity and provided relief of asthmatic symptoms within 3 days.

Holy Basil is also “anti-tussive”, meaning it helps to relieve persistent coughing, and has immunomodulatory properties. With anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties, Tulsi is also effective in treating allergic respiratory disorders such as hay fever.3

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