Sunday, September 14, 2008

an ancient and revered basil

below is what some of the proponents say, I say from personal experience that the tea (no caffeine) is delicious and seems to have an immediate effect on my state of relative calm, in other words it seems to help me stay more centered, stronger emotionally, and better able to resist the fears and worries that we are presented with daily.
The unique chemistry of Tulsi is highly complex. Tulsi contains hundreds of different beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals.

For example, the essential oil in the leaves of Tulsi, which contributes to the fragrant and refreshing flavor of Tulsi Tea, is a particularly rich source of valuable phyto-chemicals.

Working together, these compounds possess strong anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body's natural defense against germs, stress and disease.

But the best part is that tulsi is one of the most effective adaptogens ever known. An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress. Adaptogens reduce the intensity and negative impact of the stress caused by mental tension, emotional difficulties, poor lifestyle habits, disease and infection, pollution and other factors .

Holistic Health Promotion.
Enhances general health and well-being, having positive overall effects on the body and mind.

Stress Resilience.
Increases the capacity to cope and adapt to changing and challenging environments, and reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress (adaptogenic).

Energy and Performance.
Improves stamina and endurance, and increases the body's efficiency in using oxygen. Enhances protein synthesis and strength.

Anti-Aging Effects.
Helps retain (and regain!) youthful vigour, and slows the biological aging process by reducing the impact of physiological aging factors.

Provides significant antioxidant and free radical scavenging protection. Neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to premature aging, cancer, and degenerative diseases.

Radiation Protection.
Reduces the cell and tissue damage caused by harmful rays of the sun, TV, computers, X-rays, radiation therapy, high altitude air travel, etc.

Immunity Tune-Up.
Strengthens and modulates the immune system. Reduces allergic histamine, asthmatic and other adverse immune reactions.

Anti-inflammatory Action.
Reduces the painful and dangerous inflammation that plays a key role in various forms of arthritis, cancer and degenerative neurological disorders.

Antibiotic Protection.
Offers significant natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is, thereby, helpful in treating many serious systemic diseases, as well as localized infections.

Heart and Vascular Protection.
Lowers dangerous cholesterol and stress-related high blood pressure, protects the heart and blood vessels, and has mild blood thinning qualities, thereby decreasing the likelihood of strokes.

Liver Support.
Generally contributes to healthy liver function, improves the metabolic breakdown and elimination of dangerous chemicals in the blood, and counteracts various liver diseases.

Lung and Bronchial Support.
In addition to contributing generally to respiratory health, Tulsi has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues.

Contains vitamins C and A, and minerals calcium, zinc and iron, as well as chlorophyll and many other phytonutrients. It also enhances the efficient digestion, absorption and use of nutrients from food and other herbs.

And, as if that weren't enough, among its many other benefits, Tulsi also lowers fevers, reduces nausea, vomiting and cramping, protects against gastric ulcers, lowers dangerous blood sugar levels in diabetics, diminishes "bad breath," and repels mosquitoes!

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