Updated: Mar 30
In a time when our immune systems have become of greater importance, and the need for boosting our health has reached peak awareness, it's important that we learn about what our planet creates naturally. Ingredients that grow under the bright shining sun have long been the best options for pursuing a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Today we look at tulsi. And no, this tulsi is not running for president (dad joke alert - my apologies).
The history of Tulsi begins in 1000 BC out of India. Steeped in lore, tulsi was documented in the ancient Vedic Bhagavata Purana text as the "Queen of Herbs," described as the flora embodiment of Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu, the goddess of wealth and generosity. Her purpose was to act as the gateway between heaven and earth with plants serving as her manifested, earthly form.
Historically, tulsi was a prized herb used across Asia and Europe for its extraordinary health benefits, which we will define below. The purpose for this ingredient throughout history was to boost physical, emotional, and environmental stress.
According to WebMD, consuming tulsi twice daily after meals reduces anxiety and stress. Tulsi is an adaptogen, which is a natural substance that aids in the body adapting to stress and promotes mental balance. Considered a holistic approach to stress management, scientific research has discovered reduced stress, sexual anxiety, sleep issues, forgetfulness, and exhaustion.
The Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine has also defined tulsi as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety boost on the same level as diazepam and other anti-depressants.
Tulsi has also been found to contain free radical inhibiting antioxidants which assists in detoxifying our bodies. These antioxidants can also prevent cancer due to their ability to slow the growth of cancer cells.
These potent antioxidants are also believed to boost the healing of wounds. Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic, tulsi is sometimes used post surgery to help wounds heal.
Tulsi is commonly known to reduce blood sugar levels, which makes this remarkable ingredient a warrior against prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Scientific studies have shown that tulsi can prevent weight gain, hyperinsulinemia, high cholesterol, hypertension, and boost insulin resistance.
Tulsi directly targets metabolic stress, which increases weight loss and decreases cholesterol. Studies have shown the consumption of tulsi reduces cholesterol in the kidney, liver and heart.
Disease & Virus
Tulsi has been discovered to directly and significantly impact common and uncommon diseases and viruses. The cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, gingivitis, headaches, upset stomachs, heart disease, fever, insomnia, viral hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, mercury poisoning, ringworm, snake and scorpion antidote, and more are all combated from the consumption of tulsi.
While this miracle plant has been widely known for its mental, physical and emotional benefits for centuries, modern science has played a key role in discovering the exact biology that explains the history of its use in holistic medicine. With it's ability to boost immune systems and prevent diseases and viruses, tulsi is a small, bitter ingredient that could easily be put into your daily consumption repertoire. By drinking a couple cups of tulsi infused tea per day, you will see a significant increase in energy levels, the fighting off of common illnesses, and overall health boosts.
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