The tulsi plant is an ancient native of India. Here it is considered to be a powerful and sacred plant, hence it’s other name Holy Basil, and for over 3000 years has been used in India for prayers, meditation and spiritual purity. In ayurvedic medicine it is categorised as a rasayana, a herb that nourishes a persons growth to perfect health and promotes long life.
Many herbalists today use tulsi as an adaptogen, a herb that aids in combating the negative side effects of stress. The fragrant shrub is particularly useful in cases where chronic stress has an adverse impact on focus and concentration. In cases like this it is often combined with other herbs that aid brain circulation such as rosemary, in order to bring about clarity of thought and ‘clear the fog’ of the mind.
It is also considered to be an excellent herb for the respiratory system. Herbal infusions are regularly consumed in conditions where there is a build up of mucus and inflammation in the airways, such as common colds, hay fever and asthma.