The holy basil, Tulsi is known as the Queen of Herbs and means ‘the incomparable one’ in Sanskrit. In Hinduism, this plant is linked to the figure of a goddess. Tulsi belongs to the same family of herbs as mint and is sometimes called Tulasi. The entire plant may be used medicinally, or just the leaves, stem, flowers, roots or seeds on their own. You can consume Tulsi as a tea, and often comes as a dried powder. The fresh leaves are sometimes added to traditional Indian dishes. Tulsi has many health benefits for people and is believed to promote long life.
In this fast-paced world, we are often subjected to stress and anxiety. Symptoms might include heart palpitations, emotional instability, tension, feeling of impending doom, irregular breathing, lack of focus and motivation, and phobias. Tulsi is known for its calming and relaxing effects, although it won’t put you to sleep. A study showed that people who took the extract of the whole tulsi plant were 39 percent more effective at managing stress symptoms than those who took a placebo. A further study shows that taking 500mg of tulsi leaf extract twice a day with food reduces anxiety and depression if taken over a period of two months.
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