Superfood Spotlight: Tulsi

What you need to know: One of India’s most sacred plants, tulsi is a powerful adaptogen that helps us adapt to emotional and environmental stress. It provides optimal support for the immune system, increasing stamina and endurance while also reducing inflammation. Tulsi is one of the key herbs used in Ayurveda for improving vitality and promoting longevity, and is the basis for a wide range of therapeutic blends.

Why you should try it:Tulsi, also known as holy basil, has been used for thousands of years for its diverse healing properties. It is an effective herb for supporting the heart, lungs and liver, which is why it is a common herb used for a cold, cough and flu. Tulsi contains potent levels of antimicrobial oils, making it a powerful antiseptic against many kinds of organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Research has also identified it to be anti-diabetic and to have influence over the neurochemistry of the brain, making it comparable to antidepressant medications. In addition, studies indicate that tulsi may protect cells from damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy.

Let’s get together: Tulsi, much like other herbs, is best taken as a tea. Tulsi tea comes in many shapes and sizes, so no matter what your taste buds are yearning for, there is a blend for you. Organic India is one of our favorite brands for tulsi tea, with a line of classic flavors such as Jasmine, Lemon Ginger, and Honey Chamomile, exotic flavors such as Cinnamon Rose and Licorice Spice, and even functional flavors such as Tummy Tea, Tulsi Cleanse and Tulsi Sleep.

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