Thursday November 12, 2009 | 5 comments
As the temperature outside drops, it seems as if our stress levels rise. The holidays are coming, the year end is nearing, and we still haven’t finished those projects from earlier this summer. We all feel stress differently; headaches, body aches, diminished energy, anxiety, and even depression are common symptoms. But why go through all that when we can relax with a warm cup of Tulsi tea? That’s right; take a deep breath and a little sip into a happier, relaxed state. Tulsi tea is on the forefront, along with rooibos and yerba mate, of the new old teas. Tulsi tea has been used in India for thousands of years for its healing powers.
Tulsi tea – also know as Holy Basil tea – does not come from the Camellia sinensis tea bush like white, black, green, and oolong tea, so it is not considered a true tea. Tulsi tea is made from the leaves of the Tulsi Basil plant. The plant is rich in antioxidants as well as adaptogen agents. These agents are used to help our body adapt to stressors (physical, mental, environmental, and emotional). When we become stressed, our adrenal glands produce stress hormones to help our body cope. Adaptogens help the adrenal glands by responding to the body’s needs more effectively and efficiently. The adrenal glands shut down quickly when stress levels cease or decrease, but help the body to regulate more than stress hormones. They also regulate the metabolism, help stimulate the immune system, and are connected to our “flight-or-fight” response. With all of these factors considered, it is even more apparent why it is so important to have the adrenal glands working efficiently.
As Tulsi tea resonates on your taste buds, you can savor its unique light and slightly spicy flavor. Tulsi tea has the smooth capacity to fulfill the sweet and spicy desires of the mouth. It comes in the natural basil flavor as well as many others, such as raspberry, mango, and orange. With its combination of taste and adaptogens, it is no wonder Tulsi tea has been used for thousands of years for its ability to foster relaxation. Are you ready to enjoy a cup?