Tulsi Herbal Tea: Why Still a Secret?
The rapid pace of modern living has put stresses on the human body that was never built to endure. That rapid pace has created numerous stress related diseases. Although humans have created this stress riddled society over a number of decades, there seems to be an expectation that there should be “instant and modern” solutions to those problems.
As a result, when people have medical issues relating to stress or organic illness, they turn to modern medicine for treatment. They want their Doctor to prescribe a pill, or potion that will provide instant relief. Yet, there are ancient and very effective holistic remedies that would work just as well; without the side effects. Many herbal remedies therefore remain a well-kept secret.
One of the best herbal remedies, one that can be brewed into the best tea, is Tulsi. Tulsi or Holy Basil, is a plant native to the Indian subcontinent. Ancient rishis and yogis in India found the benefits of Tulsi tea over 5000 years ago. The word tulsi means “the incomparable one” in Hindi. It enjoys a panacea reputation in the Ayurvedic medical tradition.
Modern research has shown tulsi to be an effective adaptogenic herb. Tulsi contains hundreds of beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals. Working together, these compounds help reduce stress, enhance stamina, combat infection, reduce fever and inflammation, and help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
Recent studies even show that it helps the body combat the effects of radiation cancer therapy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the way to brew the best tea for this purpose is to prepare a tea from the tulsi root by steeping 1 tsp. in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes and consume the tea three times per day.
Although Tulsi Herbal Tea can be made from any of Tulsi’s three variants, the best tea is made from a blend of the three. The three Tulsi variants are:
- Rama Tulsi, a green color Tulsi leaf plant.
- Krishna Tulsi , a purple color leaf plant.
- Vana Tulsi, a forest variety.
With all of the documented health benefits, tulsi herbal tea will not remain a secret for long. There are many variations and blends to choose from and tulsi can be mixed with other herbs. There are a number of holistic and organic websites that sell some of these wonderful blends of tulsi herbal tea. And the reader should experiment with their own blends to determine which they feel make the best tea.