Tulsi or as many know it as Holy Basil; is a cousin of the more familiar basil, Sweet Basil. Holy Basil is much less sweeter and has a peppery flavor. Tulsi has a rich and interesting history. The use of Tulsi dates back thousands of years. Some cultures even worship this herb.
It is considered a sacred plant in India, where you will find it growing near temples and homes. We even hear of this herb in Christianity legends. Tulsi is said to have greeted Jesus' disciples at the tomb where his body lay. However; the tomb was empty, but there was a field of Tulsi blooming nearby. Hundreds of years later, the cross was said to be found under a blanket of blooming Tulsi. No wonder it goes by the name Holy Basil....
Tulsi is also traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, drank as an herbal tea. Ayurvedic texts explain Tulsi as a Goddess in plant form, but I refer to it as Queen of the Garden, as she grows tall and watches over the garden with her purple stems and leaves, that will turn magenta with age.
Tulsi is best used for supporting the immune system and our overall well-being, to help us feel our best. It's also good for calming the mind and keeping us grounded. Great for the nervous system.
I enjoy working with Tulsi as it's energetically calming and has the ability to open one's mind and heart to love. I use Tulsi in our blend "Luna". I chose this herb for this blend because it's a powerful and feminine herb, just like the energies of the Moon. Drinking this tea during any moon phase encourages us to open up and look deep within ourselves, keeping us calm and grounded as
we work through challenges we may face.
Precaution: There has not been many studies on Holy Basil. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications consult with a qualified healthcare provider before using.