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Move over chamomile, because tulsi tea can fight stress, anxiety, infections, and a lot more

Published on:5 January 2021, 12:36pm IST
If you’ve been treating that holy basil growing in your garden as just another plant, then listen up. When consumed as tulsi tea, this herb offers health benefits like no other.
Meghna Kriplani
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Embrace tranquiliTEA with tulsi. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Over the years, our definition of tea time has changed. Gone are the days when the perfect cuppa only meant piping-hot dhoodh-wala chai, laden with ginger and cardamom. Today, a warm cup of green tea in the middle of a stressful work day can do the job. In fact, a lot of us are now experimenting with different varieties—right from calming chamomile to rejuvenating jasmine tea.

But in all this hoopla over fancy teas, there is one variety that is just not talked about enough, i.e. tulsi tea. Now, we’re sure you’ve seen tulsi tea in every supermarket—but you if you’ve been sidelining it for more exotic variants, then we have some news for you. Tulsi tea is bursting with health benefits—that range from stress-relieving to immunity boosting.

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In fact, the benefits of tulsi tea are such that it can transform your body—and even your mood. Here are 5 glorious things that happen when you sip on this cup full of goodness:

1. Tulsi’s nature as an adaptogen means it can save you from stress

Adaptogens are herbs and plants that can help your body handle stress better. They work by altering your physiological response to stressors. A study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine states that tulsi can protect your body when you experience stress at the hands of pollution, physical activity, and even emotional and mental burdens.

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From body to mind, tulsi is truly a healer! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Tulsi tea can help you fight depression and anxiety

When we think of foods that can improve our mood, chamomile, orange, and lavender usually top the list. But did you know tulsi has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties? According to a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, tulsi exhibits neuro-cognitive effects upon consumption, which includes an improved mood and better cognition.

Also, read: Try these 6 ways to use tulsi according to Ayurveda for better health

The study also went on to say that tulsi can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety in people who suffer from the disorders.

3. Tulsi tea makes for a great detox drink

Many studies, including the one published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, state that tulsi is a great way to detox the body. Wondering how just a few leaves of the plant probably growing in your garden right now can achieve this feat? Well, tulsi urges the enzymes in your liver responsible for detoxification to work better and faster. This enhanced activity is what allows your body to expel toxic compounds.

4. Tulsi tea is a great antidote for pains and ache

Whether your body is crying for help after a rigorous workout session or you are experiencing joint aches—tulsi can be your friend. The adaptogen properties of tulsi also mean that this herb is anti-inflammatory in nature. So when you sip on tulsi tea, you not only feel more relaxed but also fight inflammation that’s causing you joint and muscle pain.

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Sip on this comforting tea to keep gut pain and aches at bay. . Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Also, read: Consume tulsi on an empty stomach for these 9 powerful benefits

5. You can also place your bets on tulsi for better immunity

Who doesn’t want a rock solid immunity—especially in this time and age? When you drink tulsi tea regularly, you boost your body’s immune response to infections. Not to mention, tulsi also has anti-microbial properties, which is probably the reason why it is revered in Ayurveda when it comes to treating a wide variety of infections, ranging from UTIs to skin afflictions.

Yes, green tea is great for weight loss and chamomile tea smells divine. But if great health is on your mind, then it’s time to embrace tulsi tea.

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Meghna Kriplani Meghna Kriplani

Waging a war against diets one cookie at a time, Meghna is a content creator and editor focusing on women's issues, wellness, and lifestyle.