Also known as Holy Basil, Tulsi is a very important herb in the traditional medicine of India -
Ayurveda. It is such a powerful plant that it is considered sacred in many traditions of India, and the
plant is given daily offerings of ghee and incense.
It has three major areas of activity.
1. Reduces fevers and combats infection
As a febrifuge (fever remedy) and antimicrobial par excellence, Tulsi can be taken as a hot tea at
the onset of any cold or flu. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-malarial, helping the
body to combat acute microbial infections, including root canals (ref), herpes infections, malaria,
dengue, cystitis and others. By boosting immune function, it also helps against chronic infections
such as candidiasis.
2. Stimulates the mind, improves concentration.
By increasing the availability of glucose in the brain, tulsi has a significant effect on mental fatigue.
It improves concentration and gives a mental ‘pick me up’ without any caffeine.
3. Strengthens and calms the nerves, improves the stress response.
Unlike most other mental stimulants, tulsi is calming, reducing stress, tension and anxiety. It
strengthens the nervous system, helping us to recover from long-term stress, trauma and
exhaustion. As an adaptogenic tonic, it improves general health, wellbeing and longevity. Its
antioxidant, anti-radiation and anti-inflammatory actions also contribute to supporting a state of
balance and resilience in the body.
Commonly used for: fevers, stress, mental and physical fatigue, viral and bacterial and fungal
infections, air travel.
Precautions & Contraindications: Tulsi is an extremely safe and non-toxic herb with centuries of
use. No adverse effects or contraindications are known.