You may have heard of Tulsi or Holy Basil. It is an aromatic herb from the Basil family used within Ayurveda. Scientific research is now confirming it’s beneficial effects, leading it to be known as “liquid yoga”. Let’s find out why.
Regular consumption of tulsi tea is being compared to the regular practice of yoga as Tulsi is considered to be “adaptogenic”. Adaptogens are things that help the body cope with stress, improve mental and physical health, and promote longevity. Thus they support our resilience. Adaptogens can nurture and nourish the mind, body, and spirit while also providing a sense of relaxation and well-being.
Sounds like it’s time to get the kettle on and make some Tulsi tea. I could do with some relaxation and nourishment. What about you?
Tulsi tea vs coffee and green/black tea
Like yoga, Tulsi has a calming, relaxing effect while also providing clarity to our thoughts. It is also shown to have some cognitive and memory-enhancing properties. Sounds like a great idea to drink plenty before exams, never mind just for general relaxation.
In comparison, the health benefits of coffee and green/black tea beverages are likened to aerobic exercise – with stimulating and activating effects. They are more likely to increase arousal and even cause mental and physical agitation. Tulsi, on the other hand, does not seem to produce that “dependence” people can get with caffeine.
Our coffee and tea drinking rituals
Coffee and tea drinking are integral parts of modern life in many cultures. Whether it is the elaborate Asian tea ceremonies, to the British afternoon or high tea, to an individual ritualizing their morning cup of coffee, to tea break at work, or meeting up for coffee with friends.
However, these rituals pale into significance to the Indian rituals associated with Tulsi. In Hinduism, Tulsi is worshipped as a goddess and every part of the plant is considered sacred. Households are not considered “complete” unless they have a tulsi plant growing there in their courtyard.
While you may not get to the extent of Indian ritualization of Tulsi, having some Tulsi tea daily may indeed help relax you and be calming, while still remaining focused.
I tend to add tulsi tea to my hibiscus tea. Just put in both tea bags or both types of leaves. Or try it on its own – tastes good either hot or cold. I buy the Organic India Tulsi tea, available in many supermarkets.
Grow your own tea
Growing tulsi is pretty easy and doesn’t need a large area. Just a pot on the window sill will work and you can add the leaves to cooking or use them to make a tea. Here is a guide on how to grow Tulsi. I have tried it and it works well. And they are easy plants to grow – so give it a try.
Remember, it is regular use that has the best impact. So add a Tulsi ritual to your own daily routine. Your daily dose of liquid yoga.
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Now for that cup of tea and a CALMERme!