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What Is Holy Basil?

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February 15, 2021

Holy basil (also known as tulsi), is an aromatic plant native to the Indian subcontinent. It has been cultivated for thousands of years for use in Ayurvedic medicine and the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism. In India, this sacred plant is regarded as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, consort of the god Vishnu. It is known for its calming, balancing attributes. 

Mood Balancing Holy Basil Tea

Holy basil is an adaptogenic herb that has long been used in Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old holistic healing tradition that translates to “sacred knowledge of life.” Adaptogens are a category of plants that may help build resistance to stress symptoms and help bring the body back to center.* They are commonly consumed in the form of adaptogenic teas.

SuperAdapt Stress Suppress® Tea features a potent blend of two types of organic holy basil — Rama tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) and Vana tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) — as well as hibiscus flower, rhodiola root and natural rose flavor. This herbal infusion has a bright floral flavor with fruity notes and tastes wonderful served hot or over ice.

Breathe in the aroma of fragrant rose, hibiscus and holy basil and allow your nervous system to soothe itself as you sip.* We recommend enjoying a cup or more daily for maximum relaxation and stress-suppressing benefits.*

Like all adaptogenic herbs, holy basil is believed to adapt its effects as needed, providing either calming or stimulating benefits depending on the individual and the context.* This herb is also featured in soothing, organic Serenity SuperGreen Tea and energizing Get Burning® – No. 22 Herb Tea for Metabolism

Wellness Benefits of Holy Basil

Holy basil has been used for thousands of years to support a healthy response to physical, environmental, mental and emotional stress.* Ayurvedic practitioners believe that tulsi works synergistically with other healing herbs, making it a wonderful addition to many tea blends.*

Emerging studies on holy basil have shown that the herb may increase endurance and metabolism in response to environmental stress, as well as reduce tissue damage, insomnia, exhaustion and forgetfulness.* Holy basil is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which may help maintain immune function and support natural detoxification.*

Holy Basil Origins and History

Holy basil is referred to as the “Queen of Herbs” in the Bhagavata Purana text, which was composed sometime between the eighth and tenth centuries. This text is highly revered in Vaishnavism, a Hindu tradition that centers around the god Vishnu. Tulsi is a Hindu goddess who may be a manifestation of Lakshmi — the mother goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, joy and prosperity — and is one of Vishnu’s consorts.

In this religious tradition, tulsi is regarded as the holiest of all plants and herbs. It is believed to be a living gateway between heaven and earth, and symbolizes the interconnectedness between the divine, the sacred texts and holy pilgrimage sites.

Many Hindus grow holy basil plants in special pots in front of their homes. Individuals who carefully water and tend to the tulsi plant each day are believed to gain salvation and the blessings of Vishnu. This task is traditionally carried out by the women of the household, as holy basil is considered to be a symbol of wifehood and motherhood.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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