Tulsi Spotlight

Of all the Adaptogens, Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, may be the most sacred of all. Grown in Southeast Asia and a pivotal part of Ayurvedic Medicine, Tulsi is often described as the "Elixir of Life" thanks to it's many helpful properties. It's a potent Adaptogen known to help restore balance and ease stress in body and mind, and the scientific evidence to be able to back these claims is quickly mounting! 

Tulsi can be found in Kite’s Align Sparkling tea beverage and is known for its strong aroma that is sometimes be described as being spicy in flavour. 

What is Tulsi?

Part of the basil family, Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorumis a considered a leafy shrub. It comes in many different varieties and is often used as a tea or tincture. 

Tulsi is well known for it's ability to provide balance, clarity and overall well-being, and it has been used as a tonic for several thousands of years.

It's vast adaptogenic properties are known to not only support the body, but also the mind and spirit as well. It's many names including "the incomparable one" and "Queen of the herbs" elude to this. In fact, the actual cultivation of Tulsi itself is viewed as both spiritual and practical. It connects the grower to the “creative powers of nature, and organic cultivation offers solutions for food security, rural poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and climate change,” (Cohen, 2014).

What Is Tulsi Known For? 

As an adaptogen, Tulsi is known to support the body against stress and promote balance and well-being. It's research-backed claims (Cohen, 2014) to fame include: 

  • Anti-depressant & anti-anxiety properties⁠
  • Positive effects on memory and cognitive functions 
  • Protection of the body against infection⁠ (via anti microbial properties) 
  • Normalization and support of blood sugar balance ⁠
  • Supports healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and lipid levels

Tulsi's Properties

Although not as widely recognized as other adaptogenic herbs, Tulsi is viewed as one of the best examples of Ayurveda’s holistic lifestyle approach to health. With its hot and bitter taste, Tulsi is said to “penetrate the deep tissues, dry tissue secretions and normalize kapha and vata” (Cohen, 2014). Kapha and Vata are two of the three Dosha’s - which are studied in regards to Ayurveda. When consumed on a daily basis, Tulsi is strongly believed to help in the prevention of disease, and assist in dealing with everyday stresses that we experience in our lives. Sounds like a herb we should all be using daily, doesn't it? 

How Can I Incorporate Tulsi Into My life?

Tulsi can be consumed as a tea, steeped on its own or as an ingredient among others in a powdered drink mix that can be incorporated into smoothies. In some cultures Tulsi is added to stir frys meals and soups for added spice. 

Final Thoughts…

When it comes to healing herbs, Tulsi has a proven track record! It's yet another example of how we can harness the wisdom of plants to successfully cope with the stress of our everyday lives. Give this Adaptogen a try and let us know what you think!