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Tulsi is that herb you've seen in many places lately, but you just don't understand what all of the fuss is about.
Until I learned more about it, I thought it was just another fad. Another kale salad craze. I was wrong!
Tulsi is that friend you keep on speed dial when you're having a bad day and you just need to vent, while they quietly listen, not judging you for your crazy. Tweet this.
It's the best friend you need when times are stressful, particularly during the holidays. Family stress, life stress, work stress, and gift giving stress all come together in the next few weeks. Even as I'm writing this, I'm holding my breath hoping I can get through the next couple weeks with my sanity intact.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil as it's known (Ocimum sanctum is it's botanical name, in case you're a nerd like myself), is a member of the mint, or Labiatae, family.
Interestingly enough, it's been around for about 3,000 years in India, but has only recently become popular over here in the US. I suspect it's because we're a little slow to the Eastern Medicine game, but thankfully we're catching up.
Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant with proven antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil has been used to treat everything from the common cold to bronchitis to fever to certain digestive complaints. Now I understand why its referred to as "The Incomparable One". Its a serious multi-tasker, and we haven't even gotten to the best part of what it can do for you.
Here's the kicker: Holy basil functions is an adaptogen, supporting and enhancing the body's natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs don't alter your mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress. I'm sure your holiday season could use a bit of that, right??
Several scientific studies have examined this adaptogenic property of Tulsi, and found that it can, in fact, decrease stress hormone levels, especially corticosterone.1-6
Stress affects all of us in such different ways (some friends get terrible headaches or even digestive problems), but it's important for us to be proactive in taking care of our bodies and minds. Who else is going to be as amazing doing what you do?! That's right, no one.
That's what drinking tea is all about! A little self-love goes a looong way, especially when you're drinking our Happy Day tea from November's box.
It's chock full of Tulsi, skullcap (anxiety reducing) and delicious citrus flavors. It tastes like warm orange muffins straight out of the oven (at least that's what I get from it). I just can't resist that warm orange muffin aroma and flavor. It doesn't taste at all herb-y or basil-y, just pure happiness in a cup.
I hope you get to try it before it disappears from our store in December, make sure to give it a taste, or even buy it as a gift for your stress-prone (we won't judge them, promise) friends who need a little....help.
You can see all of the teas from this month's box, here.
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1. Bhattacharya A, Muruganandam AV, Kumar V, Bhattacharya SK. Effect of poly herbal formulation, EuMil, on neurochemical perturbations induced by chronic stress. Indian J Exp Biol. 2002 Oct;40(10):1161-3.
2. Muruganandam AV, Kumar V, Bhattacharya SK. Effect of poly herbal formulation, EuMil, on chronic stress-induced homeostatic perturbations in rats. Indian J Exp Biol. 2002 Oct;40(10):1151-60.
3. Sembulingam K, Sembulingam P, Namasivayam A. Effect of Ocimum sanctum Linn on the changes in central cholinergic system induced by acute noise stress. J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jan 15;96(3):477-82.
4. Sembulingam K, Sembulingam P, Namasivayam A. Effect of Ocimum sanctum Linn on noise induced changes in plasma corticosterone level. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1997 Oct;41(4):429-30.
5. Archana R, Namasivayam A. Effect of Ocimum sanctum on noise induced changes in neutrophil functions. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Nov;73(1-2):81-5.
6. Sen P, Maiti PC, Puri S, Ray A, Audulov NA, Valdman AV. Mechanism of antistress activity of Ocimum sanctum Linn, eugenol and Tinospora malabarica in experimental animals. Indian J Exp Biol. 1992 Jul;30(7):592-6.