Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) also known as Holy basil, is regarded as the holiest of all plants by Hindus and within Ayurveda it is considered an “elixir of life”, the “Incomparable One” and the “Queen of Herbs”. Tulsi is a potent adaptogen that promotes longevity by uplifting the mind, calming the emotions and stabilising energy levels and there are numerous laboratory studies attesting to tulsi’s ability to counter physical, metabolic, chemical, microbiological and mental stress and human studies attest to tulsi’ ability to control pathogens, enhance immunity, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve glucose control, lipid profile, mood and cognitive function.
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