I’ve been drinking Tulsi holy basil tea for about two years now after my doctor recommended it to me. It’s a tea with a weird name, I know, but let me explain. In India, Tulsi or “the incomparable plant” is known as the “queen of herbs” and it is only grown in Southeast Asia. People enjoy the therapeutic benefits of drinking it as it brings a feeling of calm balanced with mental clarity. It functions as an adaptogenic herb — a non-toxic way to help the body adapt to stress. For the taste, it is a bit earthy with a faint spicy undertone. It does taste “herby” but not like the basil used in Italian dishes. It does not contain caffeine. If you do not want to use loose leaf Tulsi, please consider buying Organic India’s Tulsi Holy Basil.
Facts about Tulsi Tea
It’s been used for thousands of years and is rich in antioxidants with the key ingredient being eugenol.
It’s useful for the common cold because it helps boost the immune system and helps loosen phlegm.
It’s a stress reliever primarily because it is high in magnesium. It contains anti-inflammatory properties which allow muscles to relax.
It’s good for oral/dental health due to antimicrobial properties that fight germs and bacteria build up in the oral microbiome.
Warnings: It’s a mild blood thinner; pregnant or breast-feeding women should avoid it; it can interact with other herbals.