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Holy Basil: The Queen of Stress-Reducing Herbs

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Holy Basil: The Queen of Stress-Reducing Herbs


If you’re dealing with stress and interested in natural healing, you may have heard of the term “adaptogen.” If not, such as the name implies, adaptogens are a class of herb that literally helps you to adapt; to become more resistant to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. These days, who isn’t looking for something to help them weather the storm?

So, where to turn in a sea of natural remedies? I don’t claim to know the right herb for every person, but my favorite adaptogen and ‘the Queen of Herbs’ is Tulsi – also called Tulasi or Holy Basil (I will use all three terms interchangeably throughout this article.) There are three types of Tulsi mentioned in ancient Indian text: Krishna Tulasi (purple leaf Tulsi,) Rama Tulasi (green leaf Tulsi), and Vana Tulasi (wild leaf Tulsi.)

These holy plants have been revered in India for over five millennia; so much so, that at one point, almost every family had a plant growing at home, which they prayed to on a daily basis. Ancient Sanskrit teachings say that respecting and honoring the Tulasi plant will bring peace and happiness into your home life, awaken harmony in nature and create pure love and devotion in your heart.


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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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10:03AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

I drink Organic India holy basil teas as well. They are wonderful for everything, I started drinking it for a natural remedy for blood pressure from injuries from a auto accident. It has helped tremendously. A dear friend also sent me some fresh whole leaf Tulsi tea she purchased when she went to see Amma which is wonderful, she also sent me some tulsi seeds to plant! ;)

9:01PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Basil is not only tasty but very healthy!

11:51PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thank for the article.There another variety of herb you find in Asian countries known as Adathoda, Kothamalie. Valmee. The Ayurveda medicines .Good for Cough.Those are home gardening herbal plants.

11:10AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

good to know.

9:50PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

~Very interesting, would like to try some of the herbs sometime~

7:50PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thanks. I have grown this wonderful herb...just wish the seeds were larger and easier to handle.

6:47PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Great thank you.

8:55PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011


9:13AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Tulsi also usefull for cough

5:59AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Thanks for the useful information...

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