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Tulsi Tea - Natural Health Benefits
Whether in salads or as a pizza topping, many cultures love basil for its flavorful properties. But, in India, basil is known as tulsi or holy basil—a part of traditional Indian medicine, of which there are actually several varieties used in Ayurvedic healing. The healing implementation of the herb actually dates back centuries, as early cultures in India discovered the benefits of the tea as a dietary supplement, and it became an important part of Indian culture, even represented in a holy manner and grown around temples and shrines to Hindu gods and goddesses. Today, tulsi’s benefits have been introduced to the West.
One of the immediate benefits of tulsi tea is the anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that anti-inflammatories assist with a number of long-term health issues, including the reduction of cardiovascular disorders. In addition, it may also assist with the treatment of osteoarthritis, gout and other diseases that relate to inflamed joints. In addition, tulsi is rich in anti-oxidants, so while a user may benefit from immediate effects related to joint pain, the combating of free radicals may help prevent numerous diseases in the long-term, including even types of cancer, or it may even slow the aging process.
Tulsi tea is commonly used as a method of fighting stress. Research has found that drinking 2-3 cups of tulsi per day seem to reduce stress even greater than ginseng. This may be due to a combination of anti-oxidants and the ability for tulsi to normalize blood-sugar levels, potentially alleviating mood swings and fatigue associated with mild hypoglycemic conditions. On the same note, tulsi’s ability to lower blood sugar may have very prominent effects on diabetic patients, with research by Azad University in India that seems to have verified these benefits through the use of careful studies that include placebo control groups.
Tulsi tea is best served through the traditional, Indian versions of the basil plants found native to that country—although even store-bought basil in the West may have similar nutritious benefits. For this reason, it’s best to buy the tea direct from a health food supplier, or at a local organic chain. Tulsi, unlike other herbal supplements, has fewer potential side effects and dangers to be aware of, except it’s recommended for tulsi not to be used in combination with blood-thinning medications as it may create excessive bleeding. But overall, tulsi is optimized for long-term dietary usage.