Tulsi tea is made from an Ayurvedic medicinal herb with a history dating back thousands of years. Also known as Tulasi and Holy Basil, Tulsi is grown and worshiped in nearly every Hindu home in India. In recent years, Organic India introduced Tulsi tea to the West as a delicious alternative to coffee.
Tulsi tea has been recognized as an “adaptogen” for it’s properties in helping the human body cope with stress, but little has been written about how Tulsi tea may help guard bone health from osteoporosis.
Tulsi Tea Benefits Healthy Alkaline Balance
All food and drink, when digested, will leave a residue in the body. Fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline ash. An acidic ash is remains after digesting animal proteins, as well as most grains. Coffee, soft drinks, and sugar are very acid-producing. Even a slight change in pH in the body is significant.
Tulsi tea, on the other hand, is alkalyzing. Because our Standard American Diet is rich in acid-producing foods and poor in alkaline-producing foods, the bodies of most people have tipped the scale to the acidic side.
It is critical to our survival that the pH of our blood be maintained within a very narrow range. If the pH of the blood varies outside of 7.35 to 7.45, death is certain. Therefore, our bodies will do everything possible to keep the pH of our blood within an acceptable tolerance, even mobilizing deposits of alkaline minerals stored in bones to help neutralize the acidic metabolic waste, for removal through the kidneys.
When withdrawals of alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and important trace minerals, exceed deposits of alkalizing minerals, our the bank in our bones becomes overdrawn, and we develop the thin, weak, and brittle bones of osteoporosis.
Tulsi Tea Benefits To The Rescue
Organic India’s Tulsi tea provides a delicious alkalizing alternative to acid-producing beverages. Organic India’s Tulsi tea may be savored either hot or cold, brewed, or as sun tea. With 18 flavor combinations to choose from, Organic India’s Tulsi tea offers plenty of variety.
For a detoxifying ritual, try Tulsi tea and sea salt in your next bath.
Steep your troubles away in a hot bath with Tulsi tea and sea salt. When Tulsi and other herbs are placed in water, they release their colors, scents, oils, and energies, and because the skin is the largest organ of the body, we can easily absorb their healing properties.
Tulsi tea leaves, also known as Holy Basil, is a staple in Ayeurvedic medicine in India. Nearly every Indian family grows a Tulsi tea plant or two, and Tulsi is worshiped by families in India, for its healing properties. Even a small plant of Holy Basil is enough to keep an entire family’s health safe from many diseases.
The oils found in Tulsi tea leaves help sooth the skin. Like Tulsi, many herbs possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Tulsi tea leaves added to your bath may help eliminate skin disorders such as ringworm, rashes, and eczema, and the essence of Holy Basil is added to medicinal and beautifying soaps.
Additional herbs in your bath sachet such as lavendar, rosemary, chamomile, mint, sage, thyme, lemon verbena, rose, and raspberry leaves infuse your baths with therapeutic aromas and can invigorate, or relax, depending on the mix. Sea salt or magnesium sulfate (also known as Epsom salts) help pull toxins from one’s body when also added to your bath.
Bath Tub Tulsi Tea Recipe
1-large muslin bag
1/4 cup dried and crushed Tulsi tea leaves
1/4 cup dried herbs of your choice
1/4 cup sea salt (or Epsom salts)
a few drops of your favorite organic herbal essential oil (optional)
Mix the Tulsi tea leaves, herbs, salts, and essential oil, then fill the bag. The muslin Tulsi tea bag may be placed directly into your bath water. However, some people prefer to steep the tea ahead of time in a non-metallic container, and then add the tea to the bathwater, along with the muslin Tulsi tea bag.
According to Wikipedia, the salts change the osmotic balance of the bathwater so that less water is absorbed by the skin via osmosis. In fact, the salts in your bathwater will tend to dehydrate your body. We have, therefore, found it beneficial to sip Tulsi tea while bathing for the purpose of rehydration, and in this circumstance, we prefer it iced.
Tulsi tea for the bathtub, is the perfect handmade gift for the person who has everything and Tulsi tea leaves are available in 1 pound bulk packages. A Tulsi tea bath offers anyone a perfect excuse for time alone and self-indulgence, without the harmful chemicals found in commercially prepared bath products, which can readily be absorbed by the skin.
Tulsi Tea may offer protection from radiation exposure.
Drinkers of Tulsi tea may benefit from two active naturally occurring chemical compounds, helping to protect cells against effects of radiation exposure. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, enjoys a 5,000 year reputation as a staple in Ayurvedic medicine, although Tulsi has never been approved by the FDA for medicinal purposes in the United States.
Radiation exposure is a fact of modern life. Typically, our exposure comes primarily from the sun, but radiation exposure also results from the use of cell phones, computers, and microwave ovens. Additional exposure may result from industrial applications, agriculture, airport security screening, food preservation, and of course medical and dental x-rays.
Those seeking cancer treatment are exposed to localized high doses of radiation, requiring healthy cells be protected from errant radiation during therapy. Furthermore, recent events in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reinforce our vulnerability.
Excessive exposure to radiation may lead to nausea, vomiting and inflammation. Two plants, Aloe vera (commonly known by its scientific name) and Ocimum sanctum (commonly known as Tulsi, Tulasi, or Holy Basil) have both demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity, and thus good radio-protective activity.
How Drinking Tulsi Tea May Protect You…
In addition, Tulsi, commonly enjoyed as a pleasant-tasting Tulsi tea, is widely recognized as an adaptogen. Adaptogens act as stimulators of radio-resistance by influencing the regulatory system under low levels of ionizing radiation in exposed individuals.
Those wishing scientific details from research specific to Tulsi tea and radiation (or on other radio-protective botanicals) may find interest in an article we found published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology.
Tulsi Tea drinkers may have an advantage if they suffer with TMJ Disorder.
How could drinking Tulsi tea possibly help with dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint? TMJ Disorder can originate from procedures requiring jaw extension, such as endoscopy, tonsillectomy, or tooth extraction, or it can originate from trauma to the bones and muscles of the spinal column, sustained in a car accident or a fall. Additionally, the Temporomandibular joint, is subject to the same diseases as other joints of the body, which may add an additional layer of complexity. Even poor posture and emotional stress can also play a role in TMJ Disorder.
It is estimated than nearly one third of the population suffers from TMJ Disorder. Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is an industry all to itself and is filled with pitfalls and scams. Common symptoms include headaches; earaches; tenderness in the jaws; clicking or popping sounds in the jaws; dizziness or light-headedness; neck pain or shoulder pain; fullness in the ears or sinuses; ringing in the ears; and/or limited jaw movement.
Most of the above TMJ symptoms will require treatment by a qualified professional, and treating TMJ Disorder can be costly and complex, depending on the cause. A specialist trained in neuromuscular dentistry may be the most qualified specialist to handle complex cases of TMJ disorder. Nevertheless, when TMJ symptoms are caused from simple inflammation within the joint, and irritable muscles due to stress, Tulsi tea drinkers may find some advantage.
Tulsi, an herb, also known as Holy Basil, is a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, dating back thousands of years in its reputation for promoting health and the healing. Modern research backs this up by suggesting that the oil of Holy Basil contains powerful anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic properties that may benefit consumers of Tulsi tea.
Tulsi Tea Fights Stress…
As an adaptogen, Tulsi tea is recognized for its use in helping the body deal with stress. Frequent consumers of this ancient herb report that Tulsi tea “calms the spirit and soothes the soul”, which may prove useful for a TMJ sufferer when symptoms are stress related.
Despite its long-standing reputation in Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil remains unproven by Western scientific methods as a “medicinal” herb. Because it is not patentable, there is no incentive to fund the required studies.
Growing Tulsi tea (Holy Basil) enjoys a long and rich history in the culture of India.
For more than 5,000 years, this fragrant leaves of the Tulsi plant have been revered and worshipped by Hindus. Considered to be “The Queen of Herbs”, it is also known as “Holy Basil” and is still grown in an clay pots in Hindu homes and gardens, and used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its health and healing benefits. Often the leaves are consumed as Tulsi tea.
As Tulsi traveled west to Europe, it became known as “Holy Basil” or “Sacred Basil”, a fact later reflected its scientific Latin name, Ocimum sanctum. It is said that Tulsi was found around Christ’s tomb after his resurrection, which may explain its later use in Christian worship. Tulsi grew to have particular significance in the Greek Orthodox Church, for its use in preparing Holy water.
Modern research has led to Tulsi’s acceptance as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help to support the body’s negative reaction to stress, promote mental clarity, and support a healthy immune response. It is probably for this reason that most in the West enjoy this the Tulsi tea herb today.
Organic India was the first company to bring this ancient herb to the West as organic Tulsi tea. Although readily available for purchase as Tulsi tea in bags, or as bulk Tulsi tea, many people prefer to grow their own tulsi herb plants for the beauty and fragrance of the Tulsi herb, as well as enjoyment as tea. Tulsi thrives outdoors in full sun, and will behave as an annual, dying when temperatures reach freezing. However, Tulsi will readily grow back the next year if allowed to go to seed.
Tulsi Tea: Buy It In Bags, Loose, or Grow Your Own Tulsi Herb….
Tulsi also grow well indoors if placed in bright sunlight or under fluorescent lights. Yellowing leaves towards the bottom of the plant may indicate the need for more sunlight or less fertilizer.
Initially, you will likely need to begin your crop with seed, but Holy Basil can be propagated readily from cuttings and shared with friends. To do so, place the stems of short cuttings in water, suspended for two weeks, or until roots develop, then plant in soil.
Once Tulsi plants produce mature flowers, stems become “woody” and leaf growth slows, or stops entirely. To encourage continued production of leaves for tea, pinch off any newly flowering stems. When mature, flowers will produce pods containing small black seeds, which can be saved and planted the following spring.
Organic India first brought Tulsi tea to Western culture.
A cousin to the culinary Sweet Basil, and part of the mint family, Tulsi is routinely used in Hindu religious ceremonies. Leaves for Tulsi tea are grown and worshipped by many families in India today, thus its nickname, “Holy Basil”. Tulsi is a staple in India’s Ayurvedic medicine, and is enjoyed by people all over the world for its pleasant taste and reputed value as an “adaptogen“, believed to be useful in fighting the effects of stress.
There’s 18 Organic India Tulsi tea blends to choose from…
We found that for those seeking relief from stress, Honey Chamomile Organic India Tulsi tea is a winner. Chamomile combined with the adaptogenic properties of Tusi is sure to relax after a stressful day at work.
For those who love Chai, Organic India offers two equally wonderful blends. The naturally caffeine-free Red Chai Tulsi tea is a blend of Tulsi and South African Roobios. Tannins found Roobios tea are relatively low compared to those found black or green tea. Furthermore, Roobios is rich with antioxidants, which help to neutralize the cell-damaging effects of free radicals. The Tulsi and Roobios tea leaves are then blended with roasted chicory, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. Another favorite is the Chai Masala Organic India Tulsi tea. This is a blend of Tulsi with premium Assam tea, known to be maltly and smooth. Enjoy these Organic India Tulsi tea blends alone, or blended with frothy milk and your favorite sweetener, either hot or iced.
We also loved the kick of the Lemon Ginger Organic India Tulsi tea, and we have sipped it hot (or iced, after brewing in the sun), as well as Sweet Rose Tulsi, and our very favorite, Raspberry Peach Tulsi tea.
Organic India’s Tulsi Tea is Sustainably Produced…
Organic India, is committed to sustainable farming, wild crafting, and supporting India’s village and tribal agriculture. The Organic India processing facilities are Kosher certified, as well as USDA and EU organic certified. All phases of their organic production process, from the soil and seed, to harvesting and packaging, reflect their commitment to quality, as well as environmentally and socially responsible business practices. Drinking Organic India Tulsi tea helps to support India’s organic farmers, while doing good for yourself, and for the environment.
Properties Of The Tulsi Tea Herb As An Adaptogen
Tulsi Tea Is Used as a Medicinal Herb in India’s Ayurvedic Medicine.Tulsi tea has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Ayurveda (translated, “the science of life”) is a system of traditional medical practice native to India. In other parts of the world, it is practiced as a form of alternative or complementary medicine.
Known also as “Holy Basil”, Tulsi has literally earned the praise and worship of Indian families, and it is grown in nearly every home. Also considered to be an“adaptogen”, Tulsi remains unproven by Western scientific methods as a “medicinal” herb. As it is not patentable, there is little financial incentive to complete the necessary studies.
According to Wikipedia, the term “adaptogen” was first used in 1947 as, “an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress, thus allowing the organism to ‘adapt’ to the stressful circumstances.”
Under this definition, adaptogens are non-toxic in normal doses and help the body maintain optimal homeostasis, the condition of necessary equilibrium. More commonly known adaptogens include, Noni, Reishi Mushroom, and Gingseng.
Tulsi Tea Combats the Effects of Stress…
In the complexity and chaos of today’s world, the greatest benefit from drinking Organic India Tulsi tea may be its use for stress relief and relaxation in combating the body’s excessive “fight or flight” response. Under threat of physical danger, the adrenal glands release the stress hormones, cortisol, adrenaline, and corticosterone, providing the strength and energy to “fight” or “flee”. In times of psychological stress, these hormones also provide focus and mental clarity.
Over time, chronic stress can lead to unwanted negative consequences, such as weight gain, anxiety, depression, and decreased immunity. Stressed adrenals can also lead to depleted energy levels and chronic tiredness. Ayurvedic tradition teaches that drinking Tulsi tea can balance the body and counter the negative effects of stress.
Tulsi Tea: A Healthy Alternative to Caffeinated Drinks…
Drinking Tulsi Tea, (both hot and cold) is becoming more common in Western cultures as an alternate to caffeinated beverages. Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil”, is one of India’s most valued herbs. According to ancient legend, the plant is an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Tulsi, and is thought to open one’s heart and mind, bestowing love, compassion, faith and devotion. Tulsi is routinely used in Hindu religious ceremonies and is carefully grown and worshipped by Hindu families today.
Tulsi Tea: Drink It Hot or Cold…
Tulsi (also spelled Tulasi) is commonly enjoyed as a simple herb tea. Tulsi tea may be served either hot or cold. We found that it works especially well for making sun tea. Mixing Tulsi tea with other herbs and spices offers an endless variety of enjoyable flavors. Organic India was the first company to bring this ancient herb to the West as an organic tea.
Reported Health Benefits From Tulsi Tea…
Tulsi extracts are used in Ayurvedic medicine for colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, poisoning, and malaria. Tulsi may be taken in many forms: dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee. The use of Tulsi tea enjoys a long standing tradition; Tulsi’s benefits as a medicinal herb were first recorded in India around 5000 BC.
Scientific research offers evidence that Tulsi is indeed an “adaptogen“, helping the body strengthen its immune system, promoting mental clarity, and reducing the effects of modern day stress. Research indicates that drinking Tulsi tea:
- Slows the biological aging process
- Calms the spirit, protects against and reduces the effects of stress
- Lowers cholesterol and stress-related hypertension, protects against strokes
- Lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics
- Protects against radiation, including damage caused by sun, television, computers, cell phones, x-rays, and radiation therapy
- Contributes to healthy liver function
- Enhances energy, stamina and endurance
- Increases the body’s efficient use of oxygen
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces inflammation
- Demonstrates antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal properties
- Provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other important nutrients