The Health Benefits Of Tulsi Tea

by mandyjo

Holy basil imageTulsi is a low growing perennial herb originating from the Indian sub-continent.  It is known to have been in cultivation for over 5000 years.  The health  benefits of drinking Tulsi tea have long been appreciated in this region of the world.

Its ability to heal both body and mind have made this herb a central component of Ayurvedic medicine.  The considerable benefits of Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, are now gaining much deserved recognition in the Western world also.  And it seems that the latest research supports these ancient claims made for its healing powers.

Tulsi may be taken either as a tea or in concentrated powdered capsule form.  It is available from health food shops and online.  It is, however, considered not only healthy, but also to be a delicious and refreshing beverage.

For those looking for a healthy and palatable alternative to traditional teas and coffee, this herb will tick all the right boxes.  The leaves simply have to be steeped in recently boiled water for a few minutes.  It may be taken with milk and sweeteners, such as honey, if desired, but this is not necessary.

Why is Tulsi Tea So Good For You?

  • Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen.  In other words it helps the body to resist stress.  Those suffering with stress related conditions may consider drinking three to four cups a day.
  • Tulsi is a natural sleep aid – it is important, however, to avoid those blends that include other forms of tea containing caffeine.
  • Tulsi boosts the immune system.  Regular drinkers report a far lower incidence of succumbing to common illnesses such as colds.
  • This herb is absolutely packed with free radical fighting anti-oxidants and beneficial phytochemical compounds.
  • It can help to maintain healthy eye-sight.
  • Assists in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
  • Offers improved joint support.
  • It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore beneficial to those suffering from IBS, Chrohn’s disease and digestive disorders.
  • It improves levels of stamina.
  • Regular drinkers have a lower than average incidence of gum disease.  It also helps to combat bad breath.

These are ten good reasons, besides the delicious taste, to develop a Tulsi tea drinking habit.  Of course, when such a small plant has such great claims made for it, it will not be long before the clinical research follows.  Early results are encouraging, and Tulsi may have a much larger role to play in health and well-being than previously thought.

A 1996 study published in The Journal Of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics  discovered that diabetic patients drinking the tea experienced an 18% decrease in blood sugar levels compared to a non-tea drinking control group.  The study cautiously concluded that Tulsi could have a role to play in treating mild to moderate cases of non-insulin dependent diabetes.

A 2003 study found the herb to be effective in preventing convulsions, whilst the Maryland Medical Center has suggested the tea may be helpful in combating the damaging effects of radiation therapy.

It is early days and there is clearly much more research to be done.  Nevertheless, few herbs have gained such widespread recognition for their health giving properties.  If you haven’t tried the delicious Tulsi yet, now is the time to give it a go. You may well experience improved mental and physical health.

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teecee July 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

i just bought some loose leaf tulsi, after reading about it…i put a teaspoon into my keurig and brew it up that way……i think it tastes great, im going to make an iced cup of it and drink it during my workout today since i read that it helps in that regard.

Onome Okotie July 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

I have been taking Tulsi tea for some time now and I recommend it for my FB friends.

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