In Hinduism, tulsi, or "holy basil", is worshipped as a goddess. Every part of the tulsi plant is revered and considered sacred, including the leaves, stem, flower, root, seeds and oil. Hindi households are considered incomplete without a tulsi plant, typically growing in an earthen pot situated in a courtyard. In sanskrit, Tulsi means "the incomparable one," and is used in many ceremonies, as well as to make holy water in the Hindu temples and the Greek Orthodox church.
Tulsi is a "sattvic" plant that has a calming effect that leads to clarity of thought, while fostering a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. It alleviates stress, anxiety and depression, and promotes cognitive function and healthy memory. Many Ayurvedic practitioners recommend the regular consumption of tulsi tea as an essential lifestyle practice.
Tulsi is one of the most versatile plants on Earth. It is a highly skilled adaptogen that strengthens the adrenals and modulates the nervous system. As all basils, it has a strong fire element that works wonders for the digestive system and glucose metabolism. It also tones the respiratory system and effectively protects from the genetic, immune and cellular damage caused by pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. It also exhibits strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties.
No wonder that in Ayurveda tulsi is known as “The Queen of Herbs,” and is revered as an “elixir of life.”
I consider Tulsi to be a highly gifted "teacher" plant that works with our physical body, our emotions, and our consciousness, in many subtle and profound ways. A cup of tulsi tea is one of my absolute favorite evening herbal rituals.
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