Tulsi: Liquid Yoga
What’s the secret to living a stress-free life?
We don’t have a magic potion, but there’s an herb that comes pretty close.
Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is an herb that’s grown all over India, and one of the most potent adaptogens on the planet. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that include ginseng, reishi mushroom and schizandra berry, which act as powerful helpers when it comes to easing tension. They both protect your body from the negative effects of stress and help repair the damage.
Scientists have found that the regular consumption of tulsi tea is comparable to the stress-relieving benefits of a regular yoga practice. This supportive herb has the same calming sensation to your mind as shavasana, the final resting pose in yoga class.
Research also shows that tulsi can lower blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce ulcers, treat allergies and help manage diabetes and cholesterol. In addition, it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal— a triple threat to whatever ails you.
You can easily add this adaptogen to your daily routine with a cup of tea. Try this Organic India blend with cinnamon and rose, order loose tea online like this one from Mountain Rose Herbs or make your own tulsi chai. Tulsi is available in capsule form at your local health food store, too.
But if you’re more of a stress eater, stock your fridge with this fresh herb, which looks like a smaller version of regular basil and can be found in Asian markets. It’s not as sweet but makes an aromatic pesto to top pastas and soups.