What is an adaptogen? When I first heard it, I thought it was a made-up word. And I guess, on some level, it is. The word was first introduced in 1969 as a scientific nomenclature for a non-toxic plant or herb that has shown significant healing properties. Tulsi is one such plant.
In India, tulsi is known as the “Queen of Herbs” for over five thousand years. Also known as “Holy Basil” , “Sacred Basil”, and “Divine Basil”, the plant is considered sacred to many middle easterners because of its ability to heal not only the body but also the mind.
Marked by others as the “Elixir of Life”, tulsi is believed to promote longevity. Its reputation for giving one the ability to better handle stress has helped put tulsi on the top of the list of holistic choices. Extracts are used to remedy for headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, various forms of poisoning, malaria, heart disease and even a cure for the common cold. It is also widely used in cosmetic products because of its antibacterial properties. It has been recommended as a preventative against the toxins and even cancer. The plant is also richly endowed with vitamins A and C, and calcium.
Tulsi can be grown in temperate climates and is unsurprisingly quite beautiful as a decorative shrub. Is there nothing it can’t do?