Health Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

April 29th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier

Health Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Known as “The Queen of Herbs”, Holy Basil (a member of the mint family) is the most sacred herb of India. It is interesting to note that Holy Basil, also known as  Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), is an entirely different plant from the pesto variety of Basil (Ocimum basilicum). The healing attributes of Holy Basil has been revered by ancient healers, not only in India but also Greece and Rome, for over five thousand years for healing of the body, mind and spirit. It also comes with an amazing list of health benefits.

“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.” Dr. Ralph Miller, former Director of Research for the Canadian Dept. of Health and Welfare.

Health Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

  • antibacterial properties
  • anti-fungal properties
  • antioxidant properties
  • helps with stress – acts as an adaptogen
  • helps with teeth disorders
  • anti-inflammatory
  • boosts memory
  • reduces fever
  • soothes coughing & colds
  • helps with headaches
  • helps with kidney function
  • may help with blood sugar
  • supports pineal gland health
  • helps with acne
  • removes fluoride from water*
  • beneficial for asthma
  • helps with lung congestion
  • protects from free radicals
  • excellent mouth freshener
  • protects from radiation poisoning
  • helps reduce uric acid level
  • anti-aging properties
  • boosts immunity

* Research scientists at Rajasthan University have discovered that Tulsi can replace some of the more expensive alternatives to fluoride removal. (1)

Tulsi Tonic Tea


1 heaping teaspoon of Tulsi (holy basil) leaves
1 heaping teaspoon of hibiscus flowers
1 heaping teaspoon of rose petals
pinch of stevia or raw honey
16 ounces of purified hot water


To make this tea simply place the herbs in your tea pot.Pour in the just-boiled hot water.Let steep for 10 – 15 minutes and then pour into cup.Enjoy!

Original Recipe:


(1) Researchers Discover That The Tulsi Plant Can Be Used To Remove Fluoride From Drinking Water

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