Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, also called Holy Basil, is one of the most sacred plants in India and is considered “The Queen of the Herbs” for its restorative and spiritual properties. Also spelled Tulasi or Thulasi, it has been used for thousands of years to support a healthy response to stress, natural detoxification, and restore balance and harmony.
Sattva is the quality of love, light, tranquility, compassion, harmony and love. It is said to promote wisdom and intelligence, and enhance perception and clarity, as well as joy and contentment. According to Vedic wisdom Sattva encourages spiritual awakening and development of the soul.
Tulsi bestows clarity, awareness, and calmness. Whether you chalk this up to its high levels of sattva, its adaptogenic properties, or its ability to increase prana and ojas, (and in the end, these are all linked to tulsi’s properties) this is one powerful, divine plant.
Sattvic – A substance, experience, or mental state infused with the qualities of sattva: light, clarity, intelligence, compassion, and wisdom.
Modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s healthy reactions to stress. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years to promote and maintain wellness. Many adaptogenic herbs have been referred to by herbalists as rejuvenative herbs, qi tonic herbs, rasayanas or restorative herbs. They help the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions and restore balance.
Tulsi – Benefits to Body & Mind
- strengthens the immune system and benefits digestion.
- improves digestion and absorption of nutrients.
- has antispasmodic actions, which help relieve spasm, wind and bloating.
- appetizing, digestive, laxative and anthelmintic actions have been used to treat symptoms related to anorexia, as well as nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and worms
- has mild laxative effect and anti-ulcer activity. This reduces the effect of peptic acid or irritating drugs on the stomach lining and increases the production of protective stomach mucus instead.
- its diaphoretic and diuretic actions aid elimination of toxins.
- can also help calm anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, and a variety of stress-related problems such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. Its antioxidant actions may account for its adaptogenic effect, and its ability to increase resilience to stress. It boosts energy in a way that is grounding and centering, instead of over-stimulating the system the way caffeine will.
Tulsi – How to use?
You can make tea, take liquid extract or pills. Tulsi pills are tiny and dosage 2x 2 pills per a day. You will find tulsi products e.g. in ayuervedic shop.
You might have noticed my logo on these posts, and that little green herb reflects Tulsi. I chose Tulsi to be part of my logo due to it´s sattvic benefits. Tulsi, Holy Basil, sattvic herb & adaptogen. Many names and lots of health benefits.
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