The Health Benefits of Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil)
Let’s talk about Tulsi Tea. Tulsi is the Sanskrit name for the holy basil plant. It grows in India and is a member of the mint family. In India, it is traditionally used for many medicinal purposes and is considered a sacred plant by Hindus. Most of those uses are cultural based, but it has started to gain the attention of researchers for use as a medical supplement.
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In the Indian Ayurvedic tradition, it is considered an “adaptogen” meaning that it can help the body cope with stress. It is thought to do so through anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s known chemical composition includes : oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol, carvacrol, linalool, β-caryophyllene, β-elemene, and germacrene D. I share this information to give you some context to the plant, but I will add that a lot more research is necessary to understand what true health benefits are.
- Diabetes, including controlling blood sugar
- Decrease sperm count & Increase in testosterone
No evidence (but used historically for)
- Common cold.
- Influenza ("the flu").
- Anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
- Stomach upset.
- Heart disease.
- Viral hepatitis.
- Mercury poisoning.
And so in Summary, tulsa tea may help with anxiety, stress, diabetes and asthma. It is traditionally used for many other purposes that I have mentioned, but there is not any good evidence that it actually helps with any of the symptoms or diseases.