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How Tulsi Became Holy Basil

Monday, October 16, 2017

What is Tulsi?

Native to India and Africa, Tulsi, or Ocimum tenuiflorum, is an aromatic perennial plant part of the Lamiaceae family. There are three varieties of Tulsi Holy Basil that we use in our Tulsi Infusions. Each variety has a slightly different look, taste and smell. When combined, these three varieties create a perfectly balanced herbal infusion with an array of health benefits.

Our Three Varieties:

Rama Tulsi

Vana Tulsi

Krishna Tulsi

Tulsi has been indigenously used for its therapeutic value for thousands of years. The leaves, stems, barks, and flowers of Tulsi can be used for a variety of applications that assist in:

Why “Holy Basil”?

Tulsi earned the name “Holy Basil” due to its reverence as one of the most sacred plants in India. Tulsi has a strong feminine plant essence and is considered "The Queen of the Herbs" for her restorative and spiritual properties. Also spelled Tulasi or Thulasi, Tulsi has traditionally been used to support a healthy response to stress, natural detoxification, and restore balance and harmony.

As Tulsi traveled west along the early trade routes from the Orient to Europe, it became known to the Christians as "sacred" or "holy" basil as is reflected in its Latin botanical name, Ocimum sanctum. They hailed Holy Basil as "The King of Herbs" instead of as a queen, and Holy Basil became routinely included in legends, offerings and worship rituals and was looked on by many as a gift of Christ.

The Queen and her History

For more than 5,000 years, Tulsi Holy Basil has been worshipped in India for her sacred and restorative power. Hindus view her as a goddess (a manifestation of Lakshmi) in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual powers. According to legend, no amount of gold could outweigh Krishna's power, but a single Tulsi leaf placed on the pan in loving devotion tilted that scale.

In India today, it is still traditionally grown in an earthenware pot in every family home or garden and the leaves are used to make a delicious and refreshing tea.

Ancient Herbs for Modern Life

Modern research has classified Tulsi Holy Basil as an adaptogenic herb. This means Tulsi is literally on a mission to bring the body to homeostasis, or balance. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body's healthy reactions to stress.

Adaptogenic herbs have been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years to promote and maintain wellness. Many adaptogenic herbs have been referred to by herbalists as rejuvenative herbs, qi tonic herbs, rasayanas or restorative herbs. They help the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions and restore balance.

What’s the difference between Tulsi and Basil?

Although Tulsi and Basil share similar aromatic qualities, they are actually two different plants (Ocimum tenuiflorum and Ocimum basilicum). While basil is commonly used to zest up cuisine, Tulsi leaves are used for health solutions of all kinds.

ORGANIC INDIA’s Tulsi Holy Basil

Always sacred, always organic, always cherished, Tulsi Holy Basil is the foundation of our company. Our Tulsi Holy Basil Infusions are created with the intention of preserving and protecting the herb and serving it to you in a form that is as nature intended.

At ORGANIC INDIA, we operate from a place of interconnectedness and oneness, working to be of service to our community and raise the collective vibration of the planet. The essence of our brand is to be a vehicle of consciousness, and we let our hearts lead the way. From field to tea cup, our infusions empower Indian farmers, promotes sustainability and inspires health and wellness to anyone who drinks it.

Our infusions are not only delicious and organic, they are nature's perfect rejuvenative. Tulsi Holy Basil aims to balance and restore the mind, body, and spirit. By choosing ORGANIC INDIA, you are investing in mother nature and a heart centered company set to prove that business and values can peacefully coexist.

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