Tulsi or Holy Basil – India’s Sacred Medicinal Herb

Tulsi or Holy Basil, India’s Sacred Medicinal Herb

Sacred to the Hindus, people often ask me the reason why Tulsi or the Holy Basil is considered holy.  The story goes that the plant was once the devoted wife of a celestial being. Lord Krishna tricked her into committing a sin so she cursed him into becoming a stone.  Impressed with her devotion and sense of righteousness, the Lord blessed her saying that she would be the subject of worship from then on. Tulsi is considered to be a symbol of fidelity. As an adaptogen, it helps maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range. It is also believed to nourish the mind and elevate the spirit.

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2 Responses to Tulsi or Holy Basil – India’s Sacred Medicinal Herb

  1. Dharma says:

    Interesting piece ! Does it help lower cholesterol? What other herb does ?

    • Reenita says:

      Hi Dharma

      Thanks for writing in.

      Tulsi itself is not a cholesterol reducer. You might however want to check out guggulu. There are several kids available. Kishore Guggulu is a wonderful rasayan known to help break down cholesterol. If you are based in India, this will be easy enough to find at Ayurvedic stores. If you live abroad then check out online resources.

      I live in Hong Kong these days — we have a wonderful answer for cholesterol right here. It’s called Pur Erh tea. It is an old Chinese tea from the Yunnan province, aged and fermented for consumption. It is known for breaking down cholesterol.

      Hope this is helpful.


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