Ocimum sanctum known in the East as Holy Basil.
This beautiful herb is sometimes attributed as the 'Mother Medicine of Nature' and has potent medicinal and spiritual properties.
When considering Tulsi from an Ayurvedic perspective it suits all three doshas (personal energetic constitutions) and is considered to promote longevity. Understanding the concept of dosha and their implications on your health is an insightful journey - I'll be posting a personal dosha questionnaire soon for those curious!
Holy Basil is well known for it's adaptogenic properties- meaning it can mitigate the stress responses of the body- suitable for most people living a 21st Century lifestyle, where often the candle is metaphorically burning at both ends and energetic and nutritional depletion are all too common. This beauty of a herb can help support stamina and combat fatigue - an all too common symptom experienced by those who walk through my clinic door. Other notable actions of this Queen herb include antimicrobial, antifungal, antidiarrhoeal, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective and cardioprotective.
It is rich in antioxidants to fight free radical cellular damage in the body, and high in nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc, calcium and iron helping to replenish often depleted stores with our modern pace of life.
Tulsi is considered a very safe herb and has been utilised for many centuries by various cultures around the world, although high doses should be avoided in pregnancy and prior to surgery.
I discovered Tulsi whilst sipping on tea in Sri Lanka and visiting the local herbal apothecaries, it's sweet sensory experience brought a smile to my lips and the Ayurvedic Doctor had a twinkle in his eye as he blended me a few of his favourite herbal brews.
If the taste of Tulsi hasn't passed your lips yet stay tuned for some fresh loose leaf blends inspired by Sri Lankan herbal lore and the concept of daily tonics.
Braun, L., & Cohen, M. (2015). Herbs & natural supplements: an evidence-based guide.