Today’s tea: holy basil saves the day

Today’s tea is a tea I mentioned in one of my previous posts: tulsi tea, also called holy basil.



If any of you took my advice and decided to procrastinate, you’re probably feeling the same thing I’m feeling: stress.

The end of the semester is always an overwhelming time. Finals mean extra studying, end of term projects and research papers, and probably less sleep than usual. The gist of this article  from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School is that sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being.

So what do tulsi and stress have in common? To recap from my previous article, tulsi is a caffeine free plant that grows in India. It’s sacred there because of its anti-anxiety properties. That’s where the stress comes in.

Since tulsi is caffeine free, you can drink as much of it as you want and you can even drink some right before bed. It would actually be excellent on a night you can’t fall asleep, as it’s known for its soothing properties.

You don’t have to drink tulsi on its own either. It tastes great by itself, but if you wanted to, you could add other teas or herbs that help you relax such as rose petals or chamomile. Other ways that tulsi can be consumed are by capsule or droplet. Any of the forms of tulsi can be found at a local health food store. One brand of tulsi blend teas I like is called Organic India, and I find mine at Sprouts or Whole Foods.

So if you’re feeling that end of semester stress, maybe take a study break and hit up the Whole Foods for some tulsi. If you’re not in school and you’re just feeling stressed, you could also pick up some tulsi. Whatever you decide to do, remember to keep it klean out there!


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