Tulsi Teas - Enjoy the Wellness Benefits of a Regular Cup
Tulsi green tea is one of the most favorite teas used in my office. Every week I have to replace my supply of it in my complimentary tea bar. One reason is because it just tastes good. Another reason is that I have been teaching my patients about its benefits. You get a great "pick me up feeling" from it and it does not have caffeine in it.
Ocimum sanctum, called Tulsi in India, is common in Hindu tradition. Also known as Holy Basil, it is the most revered of all household plants in India. Holy Basil is used as a healing natural herb and is considered the reincarnation of Visnu. As a result, it is considered "sacred".
The latest research has shown that the most relevant benefit of Tulsi green tea is that it shields from the effects of radiation. The recent events in Japan following the great earthquakes are still playing out. The radiation leakage has not been stopped, even now as I write this article on May 28, 2011.
Research on the effects of Tulsi teas present that it boosts a poor immune system also, lowers cholesterol, decreases high blood pressure, increases lung health, aids in indigestion, and helps to balance blood sugar.
It is very important to note that folks with HIV can benefit greatly from having an everyday cup of the teas. Also, although I do not promote smoking anything, it is crucial for smokers to have Tulsi teas as the research tells us that it helps regenerate tissue of lungs.
As previously mentioned, Tulsi teas is known as Holy Basil. It is an easy plant to grow and very common in many households in India. Holy Basil comes in two forms - a green plant and a purple one. With purple stems is called Krishna Tulsi and the green form is called Rama Tulsi. It is said that in Native indian folklore if you eat three leaves of new Holy Basil that you will prevent any diseases.
Tulsi is one of the most researched plants in ayurvedic pharmacology. It has been shown to have the highest amount of anti-oxidant value of all additional researched ayurveda natural herbs. It is an erect sweet-scented pubescent natural herb, 30-100cm in height, increasing in abundance near cultivated field gardens and wastelands. Its leaves, seeds, and whole plant are useful. Also check more about Medicinal Uses of Tulsi and Benefits of Jaggery .
Tulsi offers a wide spectrum of health benefits even from just one cup of teas. The nutrients identified in it are calcium, vitamins A and C, zinc, iron and chlorophyll. It is ill advised to drink more than two cups of it per day. One is a better idea probably, as it is strong; more is not better definitely. It also has a heating effect so if you are hot or having hot flashes then Tulsi tea will not be good for you that day.
Tulsi is considered a rasayana in ayurvedic medicine. This means it is a natural herb that helps enhance perfusion at the tissue level which helps nutrients to be absorbed into cells. As with hot peppers that have a hot taste just, Tulsi has a taste that is sweet, pungent, and astringent and has an article digestive heating effect. It boosts pitta, which is why if you are hot or tend to run hot then this is not the teas for you. This, however, does not apply in the complete case of a correct fever as Tulsi is very helpful to reduce a fever. The procedure in reducing fevers is to take Tulsi with pepper. This induces sweating to help clear clogged channels and bring down the fever.
Tulsi is amazing if you are breathless on simple exertion. Of course, it is always important to consult a doctor if you are breathless on exertion or are encountering any significant or continuing breathing issues.
The pursuing is a recipe used for the common cold, cough or sinus congestion.
Take 1/4 tsp. of ginger, 1/2 tsp. of Turmeric, and 1/2 tsp. of Tulsi. Boil these elements in one and half cups of water. Boil down to one cup. Perform this two to three times a day.