TULSI

#36 -TULSI,  Ocimum tenuiflorum

Tulsi, also known as ‘The Queen of Herbs,’ is an amazing Ayurvedic antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic herb. Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousand of years. It is well known for its use in helping to balance hormones, relieve anxiety, nourish the adrenals, help balance blood sugar and it is used for promoting eye and respiratory health.

Alongside helping to protect us from environmental toxins, such as pollutants, heavy metals, and pesticides Tulsi also appears to help protect the body from radiation poisoning and can help treat damage from radiation treatments.

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We drink a lot of Tulsi tea. It’s actually my 11 year old son’s favorite tea. I make him a 1/2 gallon everyday and keep it in the fridge for him. We love to put Tulsi leaves in stir fry,  pesto, eggs, curries, rice dishes, on fish and meats, etc. We cut back the flowers and leaves in July. This helps the plants to bush out more. In late September we do a big harvest and dry the leaves for winter teas. I do freeze the fresh chopped leaves to add in a handful of leaves to savory dishes.

TULSI IN HINDUISM

Recipe ideas:

Herbalpedia Tulsi recipes

Just search “holy basil recipes” and you’ll get SO MANY inspiring ideas!


Research:

Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons

Ocimum sanctum L (Holy Basil or Tulsi) and its phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Radio protective effects of the Ayurvedic medicinal plant Ocimum sanctum 

Antimicrobial Activity of Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Essential Oil and Their Major Constituents against Three Species of Bacteria

Tulsi: A holy plant with high medicinal and therapeutic value 

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