Definition - What does Tulsi Tea mean?
Tulsi tea is a medical beverage used in the traditional Indian medical practice known as ayurveda. The tulsi plant, also known as holy basil and Ocimum sanctum, is revered in India and is considered sacred to the Hindus. The tea is thought to have numerous physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
In India, families often keep the tulsi plant in the yard or in an indoor garden. It is also believed to be an earthly avatar of Tulsi, a Hindu goddess and consort of Lord Vishnu, and it used as an offering in Hindu rituals.
Yogapedia explains Tulsi Tea
In Ayurvedic medicine, tulsi is used in different formulations, including as a tea. It is known as “The Queen of Herbs” and “The Incomparable One” because of its benefits, which include:
- Managing a range of respiratory problems, including asthma and bronchitis
- Decreasing blood sugar levels
- Helping with weight-loss programs
- Treating colds, fevers, the flu, congestion and sore throats
- Soothing tension headaches
- Treating digestive issues, including bloating and gas
- Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
In addition, tulsi tea is valued for its ability to boost memory, clear the mind, promote relaxation and balance emotions. In this respect, it serves as a suitable beverage to complement yoga practice.