Health Benefits of Drinking Holy Basil Tea
- Practitioners of the ancient Ayurvedic form of Indian herbal medicine have long used holy basil (also known as tulsi) to treat stress naturally. The herbal tulsi tea—with a taste similar to cloves—delivers nature’s most sought-after adaptogen. Adaptogenic herbs help the body naturally cope with stress.
- In addition to its anti-stress benefits, in vitro studies indicate that holy basil may act as a natural COX-2 inhibitor. This is good news for those of you looking for natural joint support, as it means holy basil can help keep your muscles and joints working comfortably.
- More recent studies of this ancient herb are starting to reveal a third benefit of holy basil: cholesterol support. Not only does it help ease your everyday stress, which in turn helps protect your heart, but holy basil may also help usher cholesterol out of your body before it has the chance to be absorbed.
What are the Health Benefits of Basil?
Basil is a popular cooking herb, especially in Italian and Asian dishes. A member of the mint family, basil has a distinct anise-like flavor. But besides just adding taste to your cooking dishes, basil has several health benefits as well.
This little herb may help lower cholesterol and enhance the immune system. Several compounds in sweet basil could also promote liver health. An Egyptian study showed that six compounds extracted from basil helped protect the liver against oxidative stress. In an Indian study, leaf extracts from holy basil helped lower blood sugar—by as much as 17% in fasting glucose and 7% in glucose readings immediately following a meal.
Looking for ways to implement more basil into your diet? Beyond drinking holy basil tea, consider trying some of these recipes which feature organic basil.