- Serving Size: 2g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 100°C
- Steeping Time: 2-5 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: India
- Caffeine: Caffeine Free
Tulsi ( Vana )
Vana Tulsi (or Wild Leaf Tulsi) - A bright, light green tulsi plant that grows wild and is indigenous to many areas of Asian and North/East Africa. It has a more lemony aroma and flavor then Rama or Krishna tulsi.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, the Queen of Herbs, the Incomparable One and The Mother Medicine of Nature, is as powerful a medicine as it is spiritual and holy. It is one of India's most sacred herbs, an aromatic shrub recognized for its spiritually uplifting and healing properties. In Ayurveda, Tulsi has been cherished for its unique medicinal properties. Today modern science has confirmed many of these properties, recognizing Tulsi as one of nature’s most powerful medicines.
There are three types of Tulsi sold by Shanti Tea: Krishna, Rama, and Vana. All varieties belong to the mint family and are cousins of sweet basil. They differ slightly in aroma and flavour profile but their medicinal properties are very similar. Krishna (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its peppery crisp taste. Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its cooling and mellow flavor. Vana (Ocimum sp.), aka. "forest type", is known for its beautifully rich fragrance and lemony flavor.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Aroma: citrus, herbaceous
Infusion Aroma: herbaceous
Infusion Color: golden
Infusion Strength: medium
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From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
What’s Tulsi, (Holy Basil)? - by Richard Isaac
Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil” “Queen of the Herbs” “Elixir of Life” dates back to literally thousands of years along with Hinduism and Ayurvedic medicine. This herb is revered in India as a sacred herb and is recognized for its spiritually uplifting and healing properties. This aromatic herb has many health promoting properties. Many of you have already learned a lot about Tulsi from our Health Blending Workshops led by Dr. Prakash, but here's a quick recap of what's she's taught us:
Health Benefits of Tulsi
- Adaptogen herb; helps build your resistance to stress, and helps to reduce the damaging effects that stress has on the body
- Lowers cortisol (our stress hormone)
- Improves energy
- Has an immediately calming effect that can reduce stress
- Promoting enhanced mental clarity & focus
- Improves immune system function
- Helps to reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure & cholesterol