Well O Sip offers another blend that is referred to as an “Elixir of Life” in the Ayurvedic world. It is called so for its healing powers and has been known to relieve one from many different common health conditions. Tulsi Tisanes are used in ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart function, and malaria.
Tulsi, also called the Holy Basil, has been revered in India for over five thousand years, as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit. This herb is known to bestow an amazing number of health benefits. Some of the effects of the Holy Basil or Tulsi, are quite immediate, while others develop gradually after weeks of regular use. Although Tulsi has many specific effects on different body systems, its main benefits arise from its impressive general capacity to assist the body’s natural process of healing and maintaining health. It is also known to offer solutions to general health including assistance with sleep & insomnia. Along with nutrition from food, it is important to supplement a regular diet with such blends for an enhanced lifestyle.
Tulsi’s overall health promotion and disease prevention effects are powerful, but often subtle. You may simply notice that you do seem to be a bit more calm or more energetic, reduced frequency from illness such as colds or flu. As with many other herbal supplements, it usually takes at least a week or so of consistent use for the body to experience major benefits.
Efficacy of Tulsi is good for metabolic disorders, in modulation of the immune system, and in improving neurocognition. Other reported therapeutic uses include relieving one from epilepsy, asthma or dyspnea, hiccups, cough, skin and hematological diseases, parasitic infections, neuralgia, headache, wounds, and inflammation and oral conditions.
Tulsi contains hundreds of beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals. Working together, these compounds possess strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body’s natural defense against stress and anomalies.
Neurocognition: Benefits that included reduced stress, anxiety, sexual problems, and depression, as well as enhanced working memory and cognitive attention.
Immunomodulation and Inflammation: Beneficial immune responses included increased natural killer and T-helper cells in healthy adults and improved immune response to viral infections. Patients with asthma reported enhanced vital capacity and relief from asthmatic symptoms. Dosage: 10g per day – 1 month
Oral Health & Healing: By gargling and pulling (ayurvedic mouthwash) it will reduce in the populations of several oral bacteria, and a substantial improvement in gingival bleeding and purulent discharge. Dosage 1 gm for 3 weeks.
Anti-oxidant Properties – Antioxidants property of Tulsi slows down the process of excess oxidation and protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals. When cells are attacked by free radicals, excess oxidation occurs which damage and destroy cells. Antioxidants stop this process. The cellular damage caused by free radicals can be responsible for causing and/or accelerating many diseases. Tulsi is rich in antioxidants and is recommended to guard against free radicals and protect from damaging excess oxidation.
Anti – Diabetic – Tulsi significant decreases in fasting and postprandial blood glucose, improved lipid profiles, and lower blood pressure in diabetic and obese provided it is taken continuously on longer period (6g per day for 3-4 months) of time along with various other diet restrictions.
Tulsi is rich in antioxidant and renowned for its restorative powers, Tulsi has several benefits:
- Relieves stress / adaptogen
- Bolsters immunity
- Enhances stamina
- Provides support during cold season
- Promotes healthy metabolism
- A natural immuno-modulator
- Pain Killing properties
- Reduces bad breath
- Helps in the elimination of toxins
- Results with chronic fatigue syndrome
- Calms the mind – improves both cellular and humoral immunity
Modern scientific research offers impressive evidence that Tulsi reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.
It acts as adaptogen (an adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress. Adaptogens reduce the intensity and negative impact of the stress caused by mental tension, emotional difficulties, poor lifestyle habits, disease and infection, pollution and other factors.
(pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, thymus, pineal, pancreas, ovaries, and testes)
- Stress resilience – increases the capacity to cope and adapt to changing and challenging environments, and reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress; anti-stress
- Energy and performance – improve stamina and endurance; reduces fatigue; enhances motor activity and physical performance; increases the body’s efficiency in using oxygen; enhances protein synthesis and strength
- Improve endurance and resistances when tested against a battery of stress-induced conditions indicating a non-specific mode of actions
- Enhances the body’s natural bipolar adaptogenic homeostatic balancing capacity and helps return stressed physiological systems to normal
- Supports normal cortisol (hydrocortisone); supports the stress response assisting in the normalization of cortisol; balances and regulates cortisol levels
- Lowers the stress-induced release of adrenal hormones
- Long-term subtle effects on the physiological functions of the body; can normalize the altered physiological functions of illness over time.
- Anti-aging effect – by increasing adaptive effects
IMMUNE SYSTEM –
(inflammatory response, white blood cells, lymph glands)
- Strengthens and modulates the immune system – immunomodulatory effects
- Improves immune response – enhances humoral (body fluids) and cellular immunity
- Increased cell-mediated immunity – both in the number of immune defense cells and also in their activity; increases T-cell activity
- Anti-inflammatory action – reduces the painful and dangerous inflammation that plays a key role in various forms of arthritis, cancer and degenerative neurological disorders (COX-2 inhibition)
- Anti-inflammatory similar to aspirin and ibuprofen, but unlike aspirin and ibuprofen it is not irritating to the stomach. Modulates inflammation (COX-2 inhibition)
- Immunostimulant properties – inhibits antigen-induced (allergic) histamine
- Reduces asthmatic and other adverse immune reactions
- Used in the treatment of colds and flu
- Antiviral properties – success with viral hepatitis, viral encephalitis and AIDS-virus
- Contains eugenol – known to be anti-viral and one of the best herbal antibiotics
- Antioxidant – reduced oxidative stress
- Anti-allergic – management of immunological disorders including allergies and asthma
- Antibiotic protection – offers significant natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties thereby helpful in treating many serious systemic diseases, as well as localized infections
- Anti-aging – supports the body and mind in reducing the negative effects of aging
- Relieves canker sores and useful in pyorrhea (gum infection)
NERVOUS SYSTEM – (brain, spinal cord, nerves)
- Anti-convulsions potential
- Central nervous system effect – increased motor activity
- Analgesic activity
- Normalizes neurotransmitter levels in the brain
- Influences the neurochemistry of the brain in a manner similar to antidepressant medications
- Nerve tonic; sharpens memory
- Antipyretic – prevents, removes or reduces fevers
- Treatment for viral encephalitis, malaria and typhoid; The Imperial Malarial Conference has declared Tulsi to be a genuine remedy for malaria.
- Drug and nicotine withdrawal
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM –
(respiration, nose, trachea, lungs)
- Contributes generally to respiratory health – supports healthy pulmonary function; provides lung and bronchial support
- Helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues
- Used to strengthen the respiratory system – one of the main herbs for coughs and colds
- Used for bronchial asthma; expectorant and bronchodilator effects
- Used against respiratory ailments including bronchitis and tuberculosis
- Anti-catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes) and anti-phlegm (mucus)
- Used for rhinitis (inflammation of nasal mucus membrane)
CARDIOVASCULAR-CIRCULATORY SYSTEM – (heart, blood, circulation)
- Cardio-tonic – prevents heart attacks
- Lowers stress-related high blood pressure; normalizes blood pressure
- Vascular protection – protects the heart and blood vessels, promotes even circulation
- Mild blood thinning qualities, thereby decreasing the likelihood of strokes
- Lowers dangerous cholesterol
- Protects against damage caused by foreign toxins in the blood (such as industrial chemicals)
- Treatment of stress-related arterial hypertension (high blood pressure)
Tulsi in in different Languages:
Tulsi, Basil, Holy Basil (in English); Ocimum tenuiflorum (Botanical Name); Thulsi (in Hindi); Thulasi, Tulasi (in Tamil); Thulasi Aakulu (in Telugu); Sivatulasi (in Malayalam); Krishna tulsi, rama tulsi, ramtulsi (other names)
Step 1 – Boil 200 ml of water.
Step 2 – Now reduce the stove flame to sim and then add one gram (one Spoon of tisanes – given along with the pack) of Tulsi Tisanes.
Step 3 – Leave it for 15 minutes or boil the water until it reduces to 50%.
Your fragrant Tisane is ready!
For sweetening the drink, you may use –
- Sugarcane Jaggery or Palm Jaggery (Allow the jaggery to melt & then strain the tisanes before consumption)
- Honey (honey is to be added only when the temperature reaches the warm state 50-60 degrees – this is to protect the nutrients of Honey)
- It is preferable to drink without milk.
Drink twice in a day to detox and to boost immunity.
Consume the Tulsi Tisanes in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening around 4.00 PM (snacks time)
- For adults 100 ml per serve – 2 times in a day
- For children: two times in a day
- 1-3 years – 5-15 ml
- 4-6 years – 20-30 ml
- 7-12 years – 35-60 ml
- 13-16 years – 75 ml
- 17 & Above – 100 ml
- People who are allergic to herbs and spices
- Diabetic patients do avoid Jaggery/Honey or any sweetener
- Kids below 1 year
- Holy basil is not recommended for therapeutic use during pregnancy and lactation and should not be given therapeutically to infants or toddlers.
- Studies from the 1970‟s suggested that holy basil might have a mild antifertility effect in animals. Although this has not been shown to occur in people, if you are pregnant or trying to be, do not take medicinal doses of holy basil.
- It has been reported that holy basil may decrease blood sugar – this may be a concern for people who are hypoglycemic (low level of sugar in the blood)
- Tulsi has mild blood thinning qualities
- Regarding basil – most likely sweet culinary basil (Ocimum basilicum), it has been said: – Basil should be used cautiously by persons with diabetes. – Basil may increase the hypoglycemic effects of insulin and/or oral antidiabetics; do not use it concurrently.
- Diabetic patients do avoid Jaggery/Honey or any sweetener
- In case of other reactions, fluctuation or extremities, contact your doctor immediately