Herb Spotlight: Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Amidst the seven foot snow berms and fog covered mountains, the creative hustle continues. We have indeed hit the new year with an extreme momentous beginning, and we couldn’t be happier. As we are in the eye of the storm, in an ever changing climate around cannabis, we will continue to embrace the practices and refinements that have worked for us this past year. The major guiding force being the consistency and steadiness of the plant world, that has continued to be our fearless leader into the transition to a legal market in California. Firm and grounded with roots planted in the earth, and growth towards the heavens, we can learn so much from the plant kingdom. With cannabis of course being the leading role, we also want to continue to highlight the other plant allies we use in our Medicine Box consumables, and have a sweet relationship with. This week we will dive into the medicinal roles of Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi,) and share why we choose to use it in our Vital Restoration whole plant tincture blend. For more information on our tincture blends check out History of Medicine Box Tinctures blog.

Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity with holy basil.
History: Ocimum sanctum

Native to India, Holy Basil has been used as a sacred healing ally for over 3000 years. It symbolizes Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Because of its direct tie to wealth and good fortune, you will find this plant growing in abundance outside of Hindu temples. It is a staple in Indian culture and to this day remains a key ingredient in Ayurvedic medicinal practices.  Ayurveda involves an array of lifestyle habits maintained by practitioners, one to highlight is the importance of colorful, flavorful foods nourishing the body regularly. The plant world is deeply respected in Indian culture and it especially shows in their use of an abundance of herbs in all food dishes and their in-depth ancient herbal remedies. One of the most popular ways to consume Holy Basil in India is to chew on the raw leaves (this is great for keeping away the common cold!) Our crew at Medicine Box honors these ancient practices and we do our best to implement these teachings into our tincture making process.

Medicine Box Tincture Thursdays: Holy Basil

Therapeutic Benefits of Tulsi

There are a plethora of reasons to use this magical plant! In addition to the ones listed above, we will name a few:

  • Acne Fighting- because of it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and hormone balancing agents, Tulsi is an excellent tool for treating breakouts. (This means you can use extract topically, or apply soaked tulsi leaves right to your skin, Home Remedies for Acne
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Headache relief
  • Boost metabolism
  • Anti-anxiety

How to Have More Holy Basil in Your Life!

  • Vital Restoration Medicine Box whole plant tincture blend
  • Use fresh tulsi as a garnish on your favorite dish (minty fresh flavor!)
  • Steep leaves daily for tea
  • Use the powder form and add it to your favorite anti-inflammatory soup or smoothie recipe! (Call your local health food store and request they carry it!)

We hope this sparked inspiration to get creative with your favorite herbs! Join us for Tincture Thursday’s on Instagram weekly for more juicy herb posts!

Sources:

http://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/holy-basil-to-combat-stress/

https://draxe.com/tulsi/

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