The amazing health benefits of the herb tulsi, also known as holy basil.
Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda to treat a variety of health conditions. It is considered a sacred herb and is often grown in Hindu households and temples. Tulsi is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune-enhancing properties.
One of the most well-known benefits of tulsi is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that tulsi can lower cortisol levels, which is the hormone that is produced during times of stress. Tulsi can also improve mood and cognitive function, making it a great herb to use for mental health support.
Tulsi is also a great herb for respiratory health. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs, colds, and bronchitis. Tulsi can help to clear mucus from the lungs and has antimicrobial properties that can help to fight off infections.
In addition, tulsi can support cardiovascular health. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Tulsi can also help to regulate blood sugar levels, making it a useful herb for those with diabetes.
Finally, tulsi is great for skin health. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help to treat acne and other skin conditions. Tulsi can also help to improve skin tone and texture.
There are many ways to use tulsi. You can drink it as a tea, take it in capsule form, or use it as a tincture. You can also use fresh tulsi leaves in cooking or add them to your salads and smoothies.
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Traditional Use: 1 Teaspoon in Tea, 1-2x daily.
And as always check with your licensed health care professional before consuming any plant, herb, supplement, vitamin, etc., for possible adverse interactions.