Tulsi tea: A simple drink with many health benefits

Tulsi tea can be made by boiling tulsi leaves in water. You can also add a few drops of honey for taste. Photo: Shutterstock/Sunanda Malam

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is more than just a botanical wonder. In Hindu tradition, the plant is considered sacred and used in temples for worship. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, recognizes it as a medicinal powerhouse. Its use in Ayurvedic formulations spans a wide range of ailments, from respiratory conditions to digestive issues. Tulsi tea, made from the leaves of the tulsi plant, is a popular way to incorporate this herb into your daily routine. All you need to do is boil water with a few tulsi leaves and have it with honey, it's that simple. Here are some benefits associated with tulsi tea:

Relives stress
Tulsi is celebrated not just for its physical healing properties but also for releasing mental stress. It is recognized as an adaptogen – a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress and promotes overall balance and well-being. It is also associated with a potential reduction in the levels of stress hormone cortisol. Sipping on a cup of tulsi tea daily will calm your mind and lift your spirits.

Promotes respiratory health
The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi are considered beneficial for the respiratory system and are traditionally used to address various respiratory issues, such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.

Improves digestion
Consuming tulsi tea after meals may promote better digestion, as it has carminative properties, preventing the formation of gas in the digestive tract. So, a cup of tulsi tea in the morning helps in healing bloating and indigestion.

Good for heart health
Tulsi tea can be a valuable addition to a heart-healthy lifestyle. It can help regulate blood pressure and have a positive impact on lipid profiles by reducing levels of total cholesterol.

Aid in skin protection
The anti-microbial properties of tulsi help prevent various skin issues. Tulsi’s ability to combat bacteria and microbes contributes to the prevention and management of acne breakouts and skin infections.

Good for managing diabetics
Some studies suggest that tulsi may have a positive impact on blood sugar levels. It is believed to help regulate glucose metabolism and insulin secretion. Hence, diabetic patients can consider drinking it regularly. In the realm of holistic well-being, tulsi tea stands as a testament to the healing wonders found in nature’s embrace. 

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