Holy Basil tea (also called Ocimum sanctum or Tulsi) is often called the Queen of Herbs. It’s an amazing, all-natural tea that supports stress relief, blood sugar regulation, and improved respiration.
What Is Holy Basil Tea?
It is an aromatic herb with medicinal properties that help improve your quality of life. Also referred to as Tulsi (in Hindi), the herb belongs to the Ocimum sanctum family. Holy Basil tea grows in Southeast Asia and has been used to treat various conditions, including ringworms, stress, bronchitis, dysentery, malaria, and eye illnesses. It can be consumed in the form of dried leaves, fresh leaves, or powdered. What if I told you that drinking Holy Basil Tea is even better and more tonic for your health?
Why Drink Holy Basil Tea?
Ocimum sanctum contains a variety of bioactive compounds that add therapeutic and nutritional value to our bodies. Some of the nutrients include:
- Vitamin A & C
Below are some of the health benefits of drinking Holy Basil tea.
1. Stress and Anxiety Relief (#1 Use of Holy Basil Tea)
Stress results from an increase in cortisol levels in the body. Sources for the increase in cortisol levels include:
The tea contains adaptogen properties that help our bodies to adapt to physical stress. Adaptogens also promote mental stability. The herb has been shown to contain anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties comparable to antidepressant drugs such as diazepam.
2. Respiratory Disorder Support
The tea contains bioactive immunomodulatory compounds that may support immunity against coughs, common cold, asthma and bronchitis. It also contains expectorant properties that increase the expectoration rate (expelling the phlegm) in productive coughs. Individuals with dry coughs can also sip the tea to suppress the cough due to its antitussive properties.
3. Blood Sugar Levels Regulation
Holy Basil tea is an excellent alternative for diabetic patients, as it may regulate blood sugar levels. Consuming this tea on a daily basis increases the metabolic process. An increase in metabolism enhances the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates, which helps to ensure that sugars are used to produce energy. Ocimum sanctum also stimulates the secretion of insulin in the body, which regulates sugar levels. Since it lowers serum concentrations of cortisol, the herb also helps to regulate diabetes mellitus induced by corticosteroids.
4. Protection from Stomach Ulcers
Beyond providing immune support, Holy Basil tea may help to protect your stomach from ulcers. The bioactive compounds may strengthen the stomach’s defense mechanism by:
- Lowering acid production
- Increasing the secretion of mucus in the stomach
Pharmaceutical products used to treat peptic ulcers, such as omeprazole and rabeprazole, often cause discomfort and serious side effects. Since Ocimum is an all-natural extract, the herb is a great alternative.
5. Arthritis Support
Arthritis is a painful condition that results from swelling of joints. This condition often worsens with age. Sipping this tea may reduce inflammation and relieve joint pain. The herb contains bioactive cinnamic acid compounds that offer anti-inflammatory properties at the affected area.
Try the Queen of Herbs
Besides its range of health benefits, Holy Basil tea is an excellent alternative for those who do not want caffeinated tea. The tea has no proven side effects, as it is purely extracted from a natural herb.
Although there are several synthetic options for the conditions highlighted, the US Food and Drugs Authority (USFDA) has raised serious concerns about side effects resulting from pharmaceutical drugs. For instance, the organization has recorded side effects such as Necrotizing Fasciitis in anti-diabetic medications. You do not have to take the risk when you can simply drink this all-natural tea.
We sell Holy Basil extract in small, 100g sizes as AHHH! Stress Relief Support. We also sell the extract in larger sizes (250g – 1,000 g). For more information, start with the FAQ!