January 22, 2017
The Magical Powers of Tulsi
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been used for thousands of years in the art of healing, particularly in Ayurvedic beliefs and treatment of lifestyle diseases and common illnesses. We make no medical claims on the use of tulsi, only that it is beneficial to the body in many ways. Tulsi can be found in our Shine Herbal Elixir, which can be used in recipes, or simply sprayed in the mouth, as well as enjoyed in tea, coffee, juices or smoothies, giving your meals or drinks a more exotic and pleasant taste. Not unlike ordinary basil in flavor, tulsi is a clean, smooth and fragrant sensation on your palate, with a fresh and minty taste.
Tulsi is a completely natural plant substance, and is being studied intensively by scientists around the world for its therapeutic significance and its ability to protect many organs and tissues in the body, as well as being used in hair and skincare. Many of its benefits are not only physical but mental as well – stress relief is of particular interest for those suffering from the everyday stresses and strains of our current world. As an herbal addition to your diet, there is no need to worry about side effects.
Tulsi bears little or no calorific value or no real carbohydrate count. It does however contain healthy vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy body. Vitamins A, C and K are valuable to the function of many parts of your system, with minerals such as magnesium, manganese and potassium contributing to the health benefits of tulsi. People with high cholesterol need not worry – there is no cholesterol present in this wonderful herbal addition to your diet.
The Spiritual Connection
There is a deep connection with tulsi primarily in the Hindu traditions, Tulsi is also known as a goddess and is much revered and considered sacred. Tulsi is used in many religious ceremonies, such as weddings, morning prayers and meditation – in fact the woody stem is often made into beads for the purpose to recite mantras. Bracelets and armbands are also made and worn to promote luck, health, happiness and serenity. A daily ritual occurs in the tending of the plant for those that are devout in their beliefs that tulsi has a magical connection, both in life and death.
Tulsi, or holy basil is not only used for nourishment and health but as a form of spiritual enlightenment and to maintain the balance of ‘chakras’ – the core of the energy within our bodies. It is worshipped as a purification of both body, mind and spirit and to give clarity and inner peace.
How to use Tulsi
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical practices, designed with a holistic approach to maintaining and preserving good health and lifestyle practices. One of the beliefs is to use adaptogenic herbs (tulsi is one such herb, with others such as such as ginseng, rhodiola, ashwagandha, and eleuthero) all of which have been used for thousands of years in ancient healing practices like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Some nations eat tulsi raw, but depending where you live, it can be difficult to find tulsi or Holy Basil. This is why our Shine Herbal Elixir is such a valuable product – it has an excellent shelf life, and you have no need to go on lengthy excursions to have a supply to use in your favorite recipe, or just a few sprays in your mouth to reap the benefits. Be creative, tulsi can be used in almost any recipe, from soups and stews, to thirst quenching, healthy drinks.
We have created a delicious recipe for you, using the uplifting qualities of Tulsi with healthy berries containing antioxidants for the extra benefits for your body.
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