People have been drinking Green Tea for years for several reasons including antioxidents, lowering cholesterol, and weight loss.  But there is another tea that is even more powerful, Tulsi Tea.  This is an ancient herb that has been around for over five thousand years.  It originates from India.  It’s also called Holy Basil Herb and is considered the “Queen of Herbs” in India.

Tulsi has a delicate yet invigorating flavor that is subtly minty, somewhat buttery, and mildly floral with a natural sweetness. The tea is great both hot and cold, and is can be paired with a variety of foods.

A 1996 study published in The Journal Of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics  discovered that diabetic patients drinking the tea experienced an 18% decrease in blood sugar levels compared to a non-tea drinking control group.  The study cautiously concluded that Tulsi could have a role to play in treating mild to moderate cases of non-insulin dependent diabetes.  A 2003 study found the herb to be effective in preventing convulsions, whilst the Maryland Medical Center has suggested the tea may be helpful in combating the damaging effects of radiation therapy.

  • Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen. In other words it helps the body to resist stress. Those suffering with stress related conditions may consider drinking three to four cups a day.
  • Tulsi is a natural sleep aid – it is important, however, to avoid those blends that include other forms of tea containing caffeine.
  • Tulsi boosts the immune system. Regular drinkers report a far lower incidence of succumbing to common illnesses such as colds.
  • This herb is absolutely packed with free radical fighting anti-oxidants and beneficial phytochemical compounds.
  • It can help to maintain healthy eye-sight.
  • Assists in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
  • Offers improved joint support.
  • It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore beneficial to those suffering from IBS, Chrohn’s disease and digestive disorders.
  • It improves levels of stamina.
  • Regular drinkers have a lower than average incidence of gum disease. It also helps to combat bad breath.

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