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Tulsi Green Tea- Green Tea With a Twist

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Indians have used Tulsi (or Holy Basil) for a long time in history. Our entire medical history is evident for the amazing health benefits of this holistic herb. We have used it to treat ringworms, eye diseases, and even malaria. We have also used it for treating diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. Tulsi contains essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, zinc and iron. One of the best ways to consume this herb is to brew tea. While we’re at it, why not add the world-famous healthy green tea leaves? That’s what Tulsi Green is all about.

Why Did We Use This Combo?

Why add green tea? You might ask. Green tea is often advertised as one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. In fact, there is a lot of scientific research to back this claim. Green tea has many benefits– lowering the risk of heart disease, weight management, and improved brain function, to name a few. The reason behind choosing this combination of ingredients is simple. Both of them offer a plethora of health benefits, they don’t contradict each other when combined, and they go well together. Ono Teas always makes sure to create brews that have great taste, aroma, and benefits. Before further ado, let’s see what Tulsi Green has to offer.

Tulsi Leaves (Holy Basil)

Tulsi- Holy Basil plant.
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Let’s welcome the “The Queen of Herbs”, the Tulsi leaves. These herbal leaves are called so profoundly because of the wonders they create in our human system. Tulsi leaves are considered one of the safest medicines in Ayurveda history. There are actually 4 types of Tulsi leaves. Three out of these four are used in the making of Tulsi Green.  Tulsi Green has Rama, Shyama and Vana Tulsi.

Rama Tulsi

Rama Tulsi Helps Improve Eyesight

According to research, Tulsi is loaded with vitamin A. As we all know, ‘A’ group of vitamins plays a major role in the maintenance of good retinal health (It’s good for your eyes!). 

Researchers suggest that vitamin A aids in the promotion of proper vision. Vitamin A is responsible for converting the pigment opsin to rhodopsin to give you that prophetic vision.

Studies show that the deficiency of vitamin A can lead to xerophthalmia (starting slowly from night blindness to the worse loss of vision), and just a cup of this tea a day may help you to see the world better.

 Rama Tulsi Aids Digestion

Are you someone who enjoys relishing amazing food yet is annoyed by the aftereffects of a bloated stomach? Say no more. According to a study, a cup of Rama Tulsi tea after a meal might help in relieving the bloating and an added benefit of initiating regular digestion. This scented tea helps in providing a calming effect and regulating bowel movements.

Rama Tulsi Improves Cardiac Health

The major culprits of poor heart health are excess cholesterol and an inadequate amount of minerals like calcium and magnesium in the human system. Heart diseases are the result of high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or more commonly known as bad cholesterol. The presence of calcium and minerals in Rama Tulsi can be used to curb the risk of cardiac disease. These minerals help in lowering bad cholesterol which might help with keeping your heart young and healthy.

Rama Tulsi is Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammations are silent murderers in causing pain.  Researchers who experimented on rats prove that Rama Tulsi shows anti-inflammatory properties.

In the tests, it reduced swelling, inhibited inflammation, and also aided in alleviating pain. The anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by this tea are associated with the properties of pain killers like aspirin and ibuprofen. 

The researchers concluded that Tulsi Tea shows the same properties as these pain killers. It is more gentle on the stomach lining and helps in the alleviation of stomach aches. 

Shyama Tulsi

Shyama Tulsi Helps Reduce Stress

Often worshipped in Indian households, spiritually and clinically, Tulsi carries a legacy for being known for exhibiting a lot for promoting good health. 

One such property is the adaptogenic property (relieves stress). After doing some studies, researchers found that the pharmacological property of this herb promotes homeostasis (stabilizing body function). Therefore, what better way to end a stressful workday than to indulge in this “elixir of life”?

Shyama Tulsi Leaves are Analgesic and Antipyretic 

Falling in love or falling ill are unpredictable events. Not sure about the former, but the latter has to be treated well; to lead a hail and a healthy life. We often stick to medicines or supplements that come along with the side effects. 

According to scientific research, the Shyama variant of Tulsi tested on animal models showed a significant reduction in body temperature. This happened due to the presence of bio-pharmacological compounds like eugenol– establishing antipyretic properties (deduction in acute fever).

Shyama Tulsi are Anti-depressant

At least at one point in time, do we not have that shadow in us that undermines us and keeps us caged in an anti-social bubble? The shadow that does not reflect positivity or worse nothing? We may call this shadow depression. 

Therefore, to distract ourselves, what haven’t we done? Joined Yoga to calm the mind and body, and then left Yoga. Because of having no time or maybe the postures were difficult. Well, as chaotic it might sound, there is still hope. 

According to a study, people who consumed 500 mg of holistic Tulsi tea every day witnessed less depression, stress, anxiety and envisioned much clearer thoughts and also sensed being more social. So don’t be hard on yourself if yoga is not your cup of tea. Consider Shyama tulsi tea.

  Shyama Tulsi is also Anti-Diabetic 

As per research, incorporating 250-500 mg of Shyama tulsi tea shows an anti-diabetic property. Glibenclamide is a medication generally given to patients having type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the phytoconstituents present in Shyama tulsi tea shows similar effects to that of glibenclamide medication.  

Vana Tulsi

Vana Tulsi Can Act as a Memory Enhancer

Consuming Vana Tulsi tea every day may help keep your brain sharp as a knife. Or shall we say fewer chances of you forgetting your loved ones’ birthdays? Well, we can’t guarantee that, but Tulsi leaves may significantly boost your memory.

Studies reveal that when researchers fed Tulsi leaves (a.k.a Holy Basil) to mice at a dosage of 400 mg/kg of body weight, they improved their cognition.  

 Vana Tulsi Has Wound-Healing Capabilities

In a test on rats, researchers incorporated Vana Tulsi on an incisional wound model of rats. They found that Vana Tulsi exhibited wound healing properties because of its ability to raise vascular permeability (capacity of the blood cells to flow). Thus, inducing a healing effect on the rats.

 Vana Tulsi Is Anti-Bacterial

Do you remember the last time you fell ill? Probably because of some random food you had? Chances are that you might be infected by food-borne bacteria. 

Have you ever heard of Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhi, or Salmonella typhimurium? Don’t worry, this is not a biology test. They are the names of the top pathogens that cause food-borne diseases. A study reports that Vana Tulsi inhibits the growth of all of these bacteria mentioned above.

Vana Tulsi May Boost Your Immune System

A properly functioning immune system is vital in protecting against viral, fungal, or respiratory infection. Therefore it is important to maintain your immune system. Tulsi might help you in this case.

In a study done on African Catfish, researchers observed enhanced performance of both antioxidant activity and immuno-activity when they administered Vana Tulsi concoction in the fish. The fish were on a 12-week diet and an increased daily performance of fish was noted.

Green Tea Leaves

Spoonful of green tea leaves for demonstration.
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You can’t make Tulsi Green without green tea leaves!

Green Tea for Weight Management

Green tea is one of the most popular beverages for most health-conscious people out there, and it deserves all the attention it gets. Among the abundance of health benefits that it offers, weight management has to be the most prominent one. 

A review of studies shows that green tea demonstrates anti-obesity properties due to the presence of polyphenols. These polyphenols affect major factors such as cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. As you might know, these factors are the ones responsible for weight management.

Green Tea Reduces the Risk of Stroke

Research suggests that consumption of green tea may lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of stroke in the future.

Another study suggested that drinking green tea daily might reduce the risk of stroke by about twenty per cent. Poor health choices always lead to our downfall, and hence, green tea just might act as insurance against stroke for such people.

Green Tea May Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

Cancer is one of the deadliest and most uncertain diseases that really difficult to cure. Therefore, prevention being our only option, we must incorporate healthier life choices that start with our food.

Scientists suggest green tea to be anticarcinogenic in nature. The consumption of green tea may prove to be helpful in the prevention of many types of cancer, including lung, colon, oesophagus, mouth, stomach, small intestine, kidney, pancreas, and mammary glands.

Green Tea May Prevent Neuronal Damage

Ageing is something we cannot stop, and it often leads to effects that include neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. These diseases cannot be cured, but you can prevent them.

Studies show that green tea is neuroprotective in nature, and green tea polyphenols may significantly help in reducing the risk of these neurological diseases. 

So if you start drinking green tea in your youth, you will never regret it in your old age!

Green Tea May Prevent Heart Disease

Green tea is of the drinks that are actually good for your heart. In the long run, it prevents most of the damage to your cardiovascular health from the inside. 

Since green tea may lower our body’s blood pressure, studies suggest that it may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Although it should be noted that heart patients are not recommended to overconsume green tea.

Green Tea May Help Maintain Blood Pressure

As discussed before, research has indicated that regular consumption of green tea may help in lowering the blood pressure of your body. Green tea may significantly reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, making it a perfect beverage for those who have hypertension. This soothing refreshment can help drastically when consumed daily.

Green Tea is Anti-Diabetic as well

A review of studies has demonstrated that green tea has a direct effect on our blood glucose levels and might help in significantly reducing them.

This property of green tea can result in an anti-diabetic effect, as lowering blood glucose levels can mean better diabetic health for most diabetes patients. Hyperglycemia is a serious issue and any preventive steps that can be taken are really helpful.

Wanna Try It Out?

Now you have an idea of how great this traditional herb can be for you. The Addition of green tea leaves makes Tulsi Green tea a must-try. If these health benefits piqued your interest, you can try out Tulsi Green tea and let us know how you liked it in the comments. Order now, and get it right at your doorstep.

If you like Classic Green Tea, you might like Tulsi Green Tea even more! Check out other teas from our Slimming Teas range– I’m sure you’ll find Gun Powder Tea really fascinating.

Cheers to good health!

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This Is Why Tulsi and Tea Are A Deadly Duo

Tulsi and tea

Once upon a time, there was a mystical man. And, he owned six plants. He was particularly proud of being an Indian, but he was more impressive of his plants. The plants grew and survived all weathers. He took good care of them. The plants loved it when they were worshipped too. With a lit lamp in the evening and a good space to grow, these plants were about to provide and protect the man for a lifetime. You almost guessed the hero of this story, right? Or missed it? Of course, we are talking about Tulsi.

Tulsi has perennially been considered as a backbone of Indian health. Indians not only regard this herb as useful but divine too, in every sense of the word. With a not so affectionate scientific name, Ocimum Tenuiflorum, or commonly known as Basil (around the world), Tulsi is nothing but a powerhouse of an herb. When mixed with a combination of other special herbs, it becomes a shield for health like no other. Researchers and physicians consider this herb highly for its essential oil and medicinal properties. Tulsi is potent because it is:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antihypertensive
  • Radioprotective
  • Antiulcerative
  • Antithyroid
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Neuroprotective
  • Antitussive
  • Anti-asthmatic

 

Tulsi’s service to mankind

Tulsi and teaTulsi’s nativity, and spiritual closeness to India is a direct translation of thousands of years of Ayurvedic knowledge and wisdom. In Ayurveda, it has the status of ‘Mother Medicine of Nature.’ In Indian mythology, Tulsi is considered to be the consort of Lord Vishnu, and it is believed you can only touch the plant when you are clean, head to toe. Out of all the herbs and spices, humanity is blessed with; Tulsi reigns supreme in every category. So, the ‘Supposed,’ ‘Alleged,’ ‘Might’ words are an injustice to the powers of Tulsi as an herb.

Tulsi has been around since humanity has ever known medicine and healing. From ancient tribal medicines to modern Ayurvedic practices, one has mixed and minced Tulsi as a hero ingredient with a lot of other herbs, to make super healthy juices, potions, and healing tonics. Indians have used it with a variety of dishes and also included as an important ingredient of herbal tea.

The oil and extract in Tulsi have a deep penetrative behaviour inside body cells and tissues. So, this herb works and heals from the foundation. It helps push out toxic metals or industrial pollutants out of our system and combats lifestyle discomforts with elan. Pharmacologists consider this herb as the all-around answer for physiological as well as psychological problems. In other words, it promotes health holistically and as a whole (not just body, but mind and soul too).

 

Tulsi and tea – Tulsi tea

Now, what’s in it with tea? You must be already familiar with the benefits of tea on its own. Be it black tea, green tea, Earl Grey tea, chamomile tea, or whiskey tea; it is a blessing without two questions to it. Just like Tulsi, tea has always been in humanity’s backyard. So why not let them both bless us?

Tulsi tea is a one-stop shop healer. It provides a scientifically proven tsunami of benefits to health. You can brew Tulsi leaves and have it as an herbal drink, or you can mix it with any tea, giving you amplified benefits.

Tulsi and tea

Diabetes

Tulsi tea helps the blood in breaking down the sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. Fast foods, meat, dairy, and eggs are the significant causes of artery blockages, which makes it difficult for sugar to get absorbed, leaving it in the blood. Tulsi tea helps reduce metabolic stress and poor glucose regulation, which is every reason why you should include Tulsi tea in your daily routine.

 

Respiratory illness

Researchers opine that Tulsi tea helps in relieving respiratory illness. Fundamental respiratory issues, such as cough and cold instantly drop when Tulsi tea is consumed regularly. Two of the significant factors for respiratory disease are a fast lifestyle and industrial pollution. We can’t fight both by the roots but what we can do is introduce Tulsi tea in our kitchens to prevent respiratory katzenjammers.

 

Stress and anxiety

Known as an adaptogen, Tulsi tea, significantly increases your levels of stamina and takes off the stress load. Just like chamomile tea has a soothing effect, researchers suggest that Tulsi tea too provides the same healing benefits.

Without making this article, a heavy research paper, we have realised how beneficial Tulsi tea is. The mentioned are just some of the multitude of benefits of Tulsi tea. Additionally, it provides relief from skin diseases, diarrhoea, arthritis, back pain, fever, eye diseases, cardiac and genitourinary disorders, otalgia, indigestion, hiccups, vomiting, gastric and dysentery.

Tulsi and tea

To conclude

Ono Teas has an extended range of herbal teas, two of them being Tulsi Sweet Lemon tea and Tulsi Lemongrass tea, which not only heal but add to the essence of life in every moment you want to cherish.

Tulsi Sweet Lemon is a healthy-spicy caffeine-free concoction of super foods, such as Tulsi, Lemongrass, Ginger root and Cardamom. Tulsi Lemongrass is a tisane with the goodness of Tulsi and the freshness of lemongrass. With its flavourful aromatic oils, this tisane brews a zesty and refreshing drink, reinvigorating the mind, body and soul. Certainly, it is a perfect hot cup for a jump start, or a cold one for winding down after a busy day at the office.

The most efficient and fundamental change in your lifestyle could begin with Tulsi tea and what better way to do it than Ono teas? Let’s give it to Tulsi, this time!

 

 

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References/Additional Reading

Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses

The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans: A Systematic Review of the Literature