Herb: Ocimum sanctum, Common Names: Tulsi, Holy Basil, Sacred Basil
This amazing fragrant herb originating in India has been used for 1000’s of years and in Ayurvedic medicine is known as the “Mother of Herbs”.
Its many active constituents have demonstrated a variety of actions including being adaptogenic - helping the body better respond to prolonged stresses both physical and psychological - with positive effects on memory and cognition via its anxiolytic and antidepressant activity. It may also support immune function during bouts of the common cold or respiratory infections and has also demonstrated activity in the management by lowering blood glucose levels, it is considered to be protective against environmental/toxic pollutants due to is high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Before diving into your 2nd or 3rd coffee try swapping over to Tulsi Tea - it will help you power through your afternoon with a calm clear focus, and whats better it is naturally sweet flavoured so all you need to do is boil your water and your teabag!
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Cohen, M. M. (2014). Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 5(4), 251–259. http://doi.org/10.4103/0975-9476.146554