Tulsi, an Ayurvedic herb widely used in therapeutic herbal tea, may be called tulasi, holy basil, “The Incomparable One,” “Elixir of Life,” or “Queen of the Herbs.” Native to India and cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, it’s considered a foundational herb that, combined with other adaptogenic herbs, can help the body withstand many forms of stress.
Tulsi has been used for centuries to cure symptoms of various diseases and ailments, but its power as an adaptogen gets the most notice in modern times. Some scientific studies have shown its efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, anxiety treatment, and antioxidant1 , although no large-scale formal research has been undertaken in the United States.
Tulsi may relieve symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, flu, sinusitis, sore throat, and similar ailments. To clear your sinuses, inhale the steam from a fresh cup of tea before you drink it.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Stress
Regular consumption of tulsi may lower blood pressure and cholesterol by regulating cortisol levels, reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other related diseases. It can also help relieve headaches and may lessen anxiety and depression for some. Regular consumption may lead to better sleep.
Treats Gastrointestinal Disorders
Tulsi can be used to treat indigestion, intestinal parasites, ulcers, vomiting, gastric disorders, and stomach or menstrual cramps. It may also reduce pain from kidney stones and could help prevent them.
Tulsi tea may help reduce inflammation and relieve the joint pain associated with arthritis.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Drinking tulsi tea can help maintain stable blood sugar levels. It may also improve metabolism and promote the efficient processing of carbohydrates and fats.
Tulsi may kill damaging bacteria in the mouth, resulting in cleaner teeth and fresher breath. It can also alleviate acne, slow the effects of aging, and relieve the itch or sting of bug bites.