Taste (Rasa): Pungent, Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Heating (Tulsi seeds are cooling)
Doshic Effects: Balancing for Vata and Kapha

Benefits & Use: Tulsi, otherwise known as holy basil, is known for its healing power and has a rich history dating back 3,000 years. Used as medicine due to its widespread healing effects, tulsi leaves are now regarded by most countries as adaptogens (anti-stress agents) and are used to promote health in the entire body due to a unique composition of eugenol, camphor, flavonoids, nerol and various terpenes. This blend of organic compounds delivers a number of health benefits, including relieving acne, asthma, inflammation, respiratory issues, and lowering chances of heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Additional Uses: Labor pain; urinary and genital infections; conjunctivitis; oral health; premature aging; headaches

In the Kitchen: You can consume tulsi leaves in various ways, including eating the leaves raw to brewing the dried leaves into a potent tea. 

Relaxing Tulsi Tea


  • 1 heaping tsp tulsi
  • 1 heaping tsp hibiscus flowers 
  • 1 heaping tsp rose petals 
  • 16 oz hot water
  • honey to taste


  • Place herbs in teapot.
  • Pour in hot water.
  • Let steep for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Pour into mug and add honey.
  • Sip, relax, and enjoy.

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