With our daily stress levels hitting an all-time high and our days running short of hours, arming ourselves with stress-repellents is just as important as wearing sunscreen on the beach. While the damage of stress exposure isn’t as obvious, it can take a serious toll on our bodies very quickly.

The good news is, stress-protection can quite literally be as easy as a cup of tea. Meet Tulsi, or Holy Basil, known as one of the most powerful herbs alive! This nothing-short-of-magic herb has amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging, antibacterial, anti-stress and anti-arthritic properties (to be honest, there seems to be no health condition tulsi wouldn’t improve on some level) but the one that stands out the most is its ability to shield our bodies from stress.

Adaptogenic Superstar

Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb or in simpler terms, a herb that helps our bodies deal with stress by regulating the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Adaptogens re-establish a healthy hormonal balance in our bodies without affecting any bodily functions more than necessary.

Continuous exposure to any level of stress triggers our bodies’ production of these hormones, which in turn leads to chronic inflammation, slows down our metabolism and impairs our immune system, eventually leading to a number of serious health issues.

Tulsi can, therefore, help us battle depression, anxiety, exhaustion and insomnia and even improve our brain function.

The Queen Of Herbs

In India, tulsi is also known as the queen of herbs and for good reason. Below are just some of the many positive effects tulsi can have on our health:

  • Toxin protection – high in antioxidants, tulsi protects us from toxin-induced damage (Krishna tulsi being the most powerful one in this task).
  • Cancer protection – tulsi reduces DNA damage and the growth of tumors.
  • Balancing metabolism – poor diet, low physical activity and psychological stress lead to serious metabolic issues, such as diabetes. Studies show tulsi has anti-diabetic properties as it regulates blood sugar and assists with healthy liver and kidney functions.
  • Protection against infection – tulsi protects our bodies against bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Finding Quality Tulsi

Tulsi can either be taken as a tea or as an herbal supplement. Either way, make sure your tulsi is organic and of high quality. I swear by Organic India products that have a variety of quality certifications and strive to support local farmers in India.