Sacred Basil/Tulsi during menopause

The Power of Adaptogens:

Sacred or Holy Basil is classified as an adaptogen herb a category of herbs known for their ability to help the body adapt to stress and restore balance. Also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one” in Hindu, the holy basil plant is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers.

Holy basil/tulsi is one of the most common houseplants in India. Extracts, oils and supplements can also be made from holy basil seeds, leaves, flowers and stems.

Many of its protective effects are due to its rich concentration of phytonutrients including:

  • eugenol
  • oleanolic acid
  • ursolic acid
  • rosmarinic acid
  • carvacrol
  • and others

According to a scientific article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine:

Tulsi has also been shown to deal with metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.

Some other benefits of Holy Basil/Tulsi during Peri Menopsuse & Menopause 

Bone Health Support:

The decline in estrogen during menopause is associated with a higher risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. Tulsi is rich in nutrients like vitamin K, which plays a crucial role in bone health by aiding calcium absorption and bone mineralization. Including Tulsi in the diet may be a natural way for menopausal women to support their bone density.

Reduce Stress and Sleep Better:

Menopausal women often experience increased stress and disrupted sleep patterns. Tulsi is renowned for its calming properties, it aims to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. Incorporating Tulsi tea into a daily routine may contribute to better sleep quality, providing menopausal women with a more restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Immune System Boost:

Tulsi is celebrated for its immune-boosting properties, thanks to its rich content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Strengthening the immune system becomes crucial during menopause, as hormonal changes can impact overall health. Tulsi’s immune-enhancing qualities may offer additional support to women navigating this life stage.

How to Use

Can you eat tulsi holy basil? Yes, Ocimum tenuiflorum and Ocimum sanctum have a sweet, aromatic smell and a minty taste and are used in garnishing foods, sauces and soups. This is why they are commonly cooked with in places like India and Thailand.

They’re also commonly used to make juices, flavored water and tulsi tea. For example, in India people eat tulsi raw in order to fight off a cough or cold.

Common Uses

  • Holy basil essential oil — Holy basil essential oil (or holy basil tincture, with the species names Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum) can be found in many health food stores or online. The essential oil is extracted from the holy basil plant and is used in lotions, soap, perfume, shampoo and conditioner. You can also diffuse the oil in your home. The calming and immune-boosting properties can be inhaled as well.
  • Holy basil supplements — You can find dried tulsi in capsule form, sometimes offered in fermented options, which some sources suggest make it more easily digestible. This is a convenient option if you don’t enjoy the smell or taste of basil.
  • Holy basil tea — Ayurvedic practitioners recommend the regular consumption of tulsi tea as an essential lifestyle practice. Tulsi tea is a popular beverage in India that’s consumed in place of coffee. You can find tulsi tea at many health food stores. It comes in boxes of tea bags, or you can make your own using dried tulsi.

Enjoy a cup of this wonderful Sacred Herb 🌿

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