Holy Basil is also known as Tulsi. Tulsi
has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse
healing properties. It is mentioned by Charaka in the Charaka Samhita,
an ancient Ayurvedic text. Tulsi, is Sanskrit for "the incomparable
one," and is marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste. Regarded
in Ayurveda as a kind of "elixir of life" Tulsi is also believed to
Traditionally, Tulsi is taken in manyforms: as
herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee. Essential oil
extracted from Karpoora Tulsi is mostly used for herbal cosmetics, and
is widely used in skin preparations due to its anti-bacterial activity.
For centuries, the dried leaves of Tulsi have been mixed with stored
grains to repel insects. Some of the main chemical constituents of Tulsi
are: Oleanolic acid, Ursolic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Eugenol, Carvacrol,
Linalool, and β-caryophyllene.
Serving: 1/4 tsp. (1g)
What is it? Also known as Tulsi, holy basil is a
plant which is native to India and known in historical records for its
various healing applications.
What are the benefits? Holy basil has been used for
many ailments in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as an antigen or anti-stress
agent, holy basil is also believed to balance the mind, nerves and
emotions. It is classified as an adaptogen, or a metabolic regulator
that helps the body “adapt” and be resilient to a range of potential
How is it used? ¼ tsp. can easily be used as a tea or tincture; it can also be placed in capsules.
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Originally, Ayurveda, translated Ayur (life) Veda (science), defined
seven body types. These, referred to as doshas, were Vata, Pitta, Kapha,
Sama, Vata-Kapha, Vata-Pitta, and Pitta-Kapha. The first three types
occur in their pure form very rarely and so seldom is it that anyone is
primarily influenced by one dosha alone. Most Ayurveda reference the
following three doshas:
The vata dosha combines the elements ether and air. It is considered
the most powerful dosha because it controls very basic body processes
such as cell division, the heart, breathing, discharge of waste, and the
mind. Vata can be aggravated by, for example, fear, grief, staying up
late at night, eating dry fruit, or eating before the previous meal is
digested. People with vata as their main dosha are thought to be
especially susceptible to skin and neurological conditions, rheumatoid
arthritis, heart disease, anxiety, and insomnia.
The pitta dosha represents the elements fire and water. Pitta
controls hormones and the digestive system. A person with a pitta
imbalance may experience negative emotions such as anger and may have
physical symptoms such as heartburn within 2 or 3 hours of eating. Pitta
is upset by, for example, eating spicy or sour food, fatigue, or
spending too much time in the sun. People with a predominantly pitta
constitution are thought to be susceptible to hypertension, heart
disease, infectious diseases, and digestive conditions such as Crohn's
The kapha dosha combines the elements water and earth. Kapha helps to
maintain strength and immunity and to control growth. An imbalance of
the kapha dosha may cause nausea immediately after eating. Kapha is
aggravated by, for example, greed, sleeping during the daytime, eating
too many sweet foods, eating after one is full, and eating and drinking
foods and beverages with too much salt and water (especially in the
springtime). Those with a predominant kapha dosha are thought to be
vulnerable to diabetes, cancer, obesity, and respiratory illnesses such
The key to maintaining physical and mental health is in keeping these
elements and doshas in harmonic balance through proper diet, herbs and
life style, otherwise early aging and various diseases can manifest.
These three doshas can even be traced back to the very beginning of
creation as representing the three Gods in Vedic wisdom Vishnu, Shiva
and Brahma. One or more of these doshas or elements will predominate in
every individual living entity creating seven possible body types. By
knowing which type you are by symptoms, the proper diet and herbal
treatment can be established for you.
- Eliminating impurities. A process called panchakarma is intended to
cleanse the body by eliminating ama. Ama is described as an undigested
food that sticks to tissues, interferes with normal functioning of the
body, and leads to disease. Panchakarma focuses on eliminating ama
through the digestive tract and the respiratory system. Enemas, massage,
medical oils administered in a nasal spray, and other methods may be
- Reducing symptoms. The practitioner may suggest various options,
including physical exercises, stretching, breathing exercises,
meditation, massage, lying in the sun, and changing the diet. The
patient may take certain herbs-often with honey, to make them easier to
digest. Sometimes diets are restricted to certain foods. Very small
amounts of metal and mineral preparations, such as gold or iron, also
may be given.
- Increasing resistance to disease. The practitioner may combine
several herbs, proteins, minerals, and vitamins in tonics to improve
digestion and increase appetite and immunity. These tonics are based on
formulas from ancient texts.
- Reducing worry and increasing harmony. Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes
mental nurturing and spiritual healing. Practitioners may recommend
avoiding situations that cause worry and using techniques that promote
release of negative emotions.
- Cold Water Extracted. It extracts and concentrates the medicinal
properties of the herbs. Removing all the fibers and unnecessary parts
to make the herb as pure as possible. Making just a little bit go a very
long way, allowing ¼-1 teaspoon more than enough.