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Tulsi (Holy Basil)

The Divine Tulsi

During my time spent in India, I became enchanted with the herb Tulsi.  As I entered homes in India, I would find myself strolling past these blooms planted in an intricately designed altar in the middle of the courtyard. Delicate and fragrant this beautiful purple flower shoots out and towers above the deep violet leaves.  It was customary to find the plant in many traditional Hindu homes. One of the holiest plants in Hinduism, Tulsi is thus considered extremely auspicious. In fact, it was an age-old custom to worship the plant daily with an oil lamp lit next to it. According to Hindu mythology, the Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of fortune, wealth and prosperity is believed to have manifested on earth as the sacred Tulsi plant.

Tulsi is a part of the basil family and is revered as the “Elixir of Life” within India for its vast array of health benefits that are just beginning to be confirmed by modern science. Tulsi is credited with giving luster to the complexion, fostering beauty, and is recommended as a treatment for skin diseases. Also known as Holy Basil, this aromatic plant is hailed as the “Queen of Herbs” has been used for over 5,000 years in the ancient practice of the holistic science of Ayurveda. While its history is deeply rooted in religion and mythology, it has also been used in several ancient systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Greek, Roman, and Siddha for thousands of years. Tulsi continues to present itself in many Indian beauty and wellness treatments till this day.

Tulsi has many advantages for the skin. Powered with purifying properties, Tulsi is extremely effective in preventing and treating breakouts. In the time of royalty in India, Tulsi would be both used internally and topically as part of their recipe for preserving youth and would incorporate this powerful herb into the daily regimen of both royalty and aristocrats to keep skin looking youthful and vibrant while helping ward off illnesses.  Exceptionally high in antioxidants, Tulsi helps reduce the damaging effects of stress and delays the signs of aging. It also helps fight free radical damage that we encounter from pollution, toxins and pesticides. Tulsi’s unique combination of antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it a gentle anti- inflammatory for irritated skin and allows for bruises and scarring to fade.

The revered Tulsi has been used in the beauty regimen of many women for thousands of years due to all of the wonders it possesses. Incorporate this incredible ingredient into your daily regimen to reap all the benefits!

 

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