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What is Tulsi?

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For years when any of us served Tulsi Tea at events, we were constantly asked, “What is Tulsi?” Most people thought the name was the brand and had no idea that it is one of the world’s greatest and most cherished herbs.

Our tea is actually made from three types of Tulsi:

  • Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum)

Where Tulsi Likes to Grow

Tulsi likes the tropics and especially the Northern plains of India. As a revered plant, Tulsi is also grown indoors in many houses in India.

Benefits of Tulsi

Studies confirm Tulsi and many of its potent constituents promote healthy metabolism, support healthy cell proliferation and apoptosis, support healthy response to occasional inflammation, help to maintain balanced thyroid function, and are potent adatogens and immunostimulants.

Systems that Tulsi Supports

Endocrine (especially the thyroid, pituitary, adrenals)

Cardiopulmonary (especially toning to the lungs)

Central Nervous System (fantastic for cognitive function)

Digestive (especially useful to speed up sluggish digestion)

Tulsi’s Traditional Energetics

  • Warming sattvic balanced fire-element metabolic herb
  • Dosha: V-/P=/K-
  • Rasa/Taste: pungent, bitter
  • Virya/Temperature: warming

Safety

Tulsi is a very safe herb. For millennia Tulsi has been used by people of all age groups and both sexes. In fact it is one of the most highly regarded and recommended herbs in India.

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