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When you hear about the reported benefits of Tulsi, it’s easy to understand why it is so revered. Tulsi is not just an amazing adaptogen, it has also been said to sharpen the memory, build immunity, support blood sugar levels, relieve fever, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and fight the common cold, as well as being an effective expectorant. It can also be used to treat sore throats, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, heart disorders, stomach issues, mouth infections, insect bites, skin disorders, teeth issues, headaches, eye issues, and more… Phew! Honestly, the list goes on and on.

So, now you can see why Tulsi is one of my favorite herbs. In fact the name ‘Tulasi’ loosely translates to “the incomparable one”.

Tulsi can be found on the market in many forms including tinctures, capsules, essential oils, flower essences, and as a loose leaf or bagged tea. Personally I experienced great benefits from the use of a potentized encapsulated tincture. These days, I tend to enjoy Tulsi as a tea throughout the day, either from a tea bag, or fresh from the garden. My go-to company for bagged Tulsi* is Organic India, both for their blends and their ethics.

As stated on their website:

“Organic India actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays a premium market rate to our farmers.”

In countries such as India, where industrial agriculture has wrought havoc on the natural environment, efforts such as these are invaluable.

*Organic India also has encapsulated Tulsi, which can be an effective way to get a stronger dose, but I have not had a chance to test their capsules.


Next: My favorite Tulsi blends and growing Tulsi at home.

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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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