The earth has given us many gifts of healing, yielding therapeutic herbs, plants and seedlings. And while Ayurvedic Philosophy states that every substance can be used as a medicine and a poison depending on your dosha and imbalances, there are just some natural remedies that have that special something. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is one of those herbs.
Terrific Properties of Tulsi
Its no wonder that Tulsi is seen as one of the most prized plants in Ayurveda both topically and taken internally. It is a rasayana – meaning rejuvenating and regenerating herb – that helps us to strengthen and restore our body’s tissues. It is also said to rejuvenate our minds and promote mental clarity, balancing Vata and detoxifying our consciousness. This is why we have Tulsi in our Zen Aging Holistic VaniTEA, as it helps to nourish our skin as well as ground the mind and protect the body against stress and inflammation.
Using Tulsi Topically
But Tulsi is also excellent when applied topically. Its tea, its water, its oil and its pulp can be used, and is known for its purifying and repairing properties. This is why it is good for eczema and acne, but because of its rasayana actions, also for anti-aging. I like to use the cooled tulsi tea as a facial compress, especially because it also calms down sensitivity. And, just between you and me, there may be more tulsi treasures in the works.