Known as the incomparable one and "elixir of life" in its ancestral home of India, Tulsi is so highly revered that almost every Indian home has a Tulsi plant growing indoors, on a patio, or in a courtyard. It is considered the key herbal tea in Ayurvedic Healing Practice with references dating to about 2600 BC.
Early Christrian writers referred to the Tulsi Plant as "Holy Basil" because it was said to have grown at the tomb of Jesus and was used by Christian Brothers as a healing tea.
There are two major varieties of Tulsi - Green Leaf Tulsi and Purple Leaf Tulsi. The Purple Leaf variety (Krishna) has a mild, pleasantly minty, basil taste with a hint of cinnamon and clove.
Both varieties are are used in Ayurvedic Healing to improve stamina, help eliminate toxins, enhance metabolism, relieve inflammation, and balance the Body, Mind and Spirit. Modern Natural Medicine practitioners classify Tulsi as an adaptogen, a natural substance which improves the functioning of the vital organs.
Tulsi is naturally caffeine free, does not get bitter, and is a rich source of antioxidants and other micro nutrients.