As we enter the winter months there is nothing more comforting than sipping on a warm tea in front of a crackling fire, dressed in an over-sized jumper and soft Ugg boots.
If this sounds appealing to you than I have the perfect tea that will not only nourish your soul but nourish your body as well.
Tulsi is also known as Holy basil and is used in tea, oils, and herbal supplements in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties.
It originates from Southeast Asia with its popularity growing in India.
The ancient Vedic Puranas refers to tulsi as the most sacred plant on earth. It is still widely used today.
In ancient India Tulsi was seen as a very spiritual plant and there has been much mythology attached to it with some spiritual traditions considering tulsi to be the embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi, with her spiritual powers infused within the plant.
In Ayurveda, the Sanskrit name Tulsi translates to “The incomparable one.” Ayurveda says that is has the ability to increase ojas (Immunity & Vitality) and prana (life force energy).
Tulsi is warming in nature and helps balance vata in the nervous system as well as sooth the GI tract. Tulsi reduces Kapha in the body and mind, supporting the lungs & promotes healthy circulation of rasa dhatu (Plasma / lymphatic fluid).
Tulsi has many medicinal properties, it is known as an adaptogenic herb (meaning it has adaptable qualities depending on your deficiencies) and contains micronutrients such as:
Vit A & C
Ayurveda uses Tulsi to help treat some of these common health issues:
Bronchitis – using the flowers (reduces Kapha, an ayurvedic dosha)
Malaria – the leaves, seeds and black pepper
Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting – Tulsi tea, soothing the GI tract
Eczema – topical in ointment
Insect bites – topical oil
Anti-depressant – due to its ant anxiety properties and calming effect (There have been studies showing its efficacy)
Boost immune – antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and analgesic properties
For digestive troubles, you can combine Tulsi tea with ginger, fennel & cardamom. This will help enkindle Agni, the digestive fire.
If you haven't already tried tulsi tea, I suggest that you give it a go and reap all of its medicinal and nourishing benifits over the winter months.
I get my Tulsi Tea from Green Leaf Teahouse (online) .
I will be hosting an Ayurvedic Tea Ceremony at the end of my Yin Yoga Sound Healing Masterclass Friday 11th September. Tickets can be purchased via My Health Yoga mindbody app.