Tulsi and its Superpowers
I vividly remember going to my grandmother’s house every Saturday and helping her water the plants in her mini-garden. If I was lucky, I would be treated to a warm cup of tulsi tea, which I would happily sip curled up on the couch as she would tell me all about the “superpowers” it would give me.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is a herb used in Ayurveda, which is a holistic, alternative system of medicine historically rooted in India. A common addition to numerous Indian households, Tulsi is considered a sacred plant because of its significance in Hinduism and its healing properties.
Scientifically, Tulsi is considered an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body adapt to any biological, chemical, or physical stressors that life throws at you. It helps stabilize the physiological processes in your body and helps boost your energy.
Given its adaptogenic properties, Tulsi offers a wide-range of “superpowers” for your body to make it more resilient:
Relieving Anxiety: Studies have shown the effectiveness of Tulsi in improving mood and treating generalized anxiety disorder and depression.
Metabolic Stress Management: Metabolic stress is a common product of an unhealthy lifestyle comprising a poor diet, a lack of physical activity, and psychological stress. Tulsi is known to decrease blood glucose, improve blood pressure, and regulate cholesterol levels, which helps reduce metabolic stress and combat chronic lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes.
Infection Protection: Due to its antibacterial properties, Tulsi is known to enhance the immune response and boost defenses against infections.
Detoxification: Tulsi is packed with antioxidants which helps cleanse your body of natural toxins, pollutants, radiation, and other industrial toxicants.
Tulsi is available for consumption in many different forms from capsules to herbal teas. My favorite is definitely the tea because of the undeniable calming effect of the tea-drinking ritual. There’s nothing quite like getting comfy with a hot cup of tea in the morning and immersing yourself in it as your stresses seem to melt away.
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