Basil is a familiar herb we use in our kitchens, often adding its aromatic leaves to dishes such as pasta. Recently, however, it has gained far more popularity for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety and calm the body. And that’s still not all that sacred Basil hides in itself.
Sacred Basil (Ocimum sanctum, Ocimum tenuiflorum) grows in the tropical regions of India. In her homeland, she is known as Tulsi (or Tulasi) and is the object of worship. Indians use it daily, and in Sanskrit its literal translation means insurmountable, incomparable or unique. Hindus believe that Tulsi is the incarnation of Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune, beauty and abundance.
The story of a devoted girl
One of the myths says that there was once a girl Tulsi, who was proud of her immense charm, but also demanding very exacting standards in a husband. Only marrying the perfect man would do! And that intention led her to the very highest Hindu god, Vishnu. Only the Aditattva, the original pure Being or Vishnu, contained its ideal.
Tulsi worshiped Vishnu faithfully, so he decided to reward her with his constant divine presence. The girl was reborn as the Tulsi herb, which is endowed with many healing properties and is perceived as a symbol of devotion.
Basil and Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, sacred Basil promotes overall health, well-being and longevity. Emotionally and physically, it strengthens the heart, connecting it with the soul, and kindling the agni, our digestive fire.  By consuming it every day, we can prevent various diseases. This belief is based on the ability of Basil to tune the balance of all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).
A traditional herbal treatment, Basil is a bitter tasting, warming herb. In particular, it suppresses increased Vata and thus problems related to stress, such as stomach cramps, flatulence or impaired digestion. That is why we rank Basil among the adaptogens that help to cope with stressful situations, and thanks to these properties we can be more emotionally stable and generally calmer. Tulsi therefore promotes inner well-being.
As recent studies confirm, Basil protects the kidneys from metabolic damage caused by high glucose levels. As well, it helps to normalize blood sugar, blood pressure and lipid profiles. [2-5]
The protective warrior
Tusli forms a shield against viruses and other pathogens. It can effectively fight bacteria, viruses, parasites, nematodes and mycoses in the body. 
The queen of detox
Experts have examined whether Tulsi really has the ability to protect our body from pesticides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and industrial chemicals. The results show that cell damage by these substances can be prevented.
It is also confirmed that Tulsi provides protection against the toxic effects of radiation. Furthermore, holy Basil helps to eliminate and excrete toxic substances from the liver by activating the enzyme cytochrome P450. 
Last but not least, holy Basil is a powerful antioxidant as it contains phenols, flavonoids and essential oils.
Bath with Basil
Taking a bath with Basil is like a cleansing and relaxing spa treatment. Her powerful aromatherapeutic effects creates balance and eases fears. Tulsi essence reduces stress, anxiety and suppresses depression. 
Holy Basil from Harmony is Life®
Sacred Basil mixed with sweet Basil appears in our offer in October 2021. We have come to the conclusion that this important herb deserves attention, especially at the present time, when adaptogens are sought-after helpers. We offer Basil in the form of dried, high-quality leaves imported directly from India. We recommend infusing the leaves for 10-15 minutes in hot water and then adding the leachate to the bath. The rich aroma triggers an immediate favorable response in the body and mind.
However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should refrain from bathing with basil.
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