Holy basil (Tulsi)- What does it assist with?

29th June, 2015

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Holy Basil for

Antioxidant activity
Mental health
Radiation damage
Anti-inflammatory, anxiety
Depression and stress
Relax muscles and blood vessels
Hair and skin moisturizer
Stomach cramps
Indigestion and flatulence
Whooping cough
Sinus infections
Relief from PMS
Concentration and memory
Skin diseases like acne and psoriasis.


Tulsi tea- traditional representation

29th June, 2015


The colors in this delicious blend represent the seven Chakras found in Indian holistic (Ayurvedic) medicine. Contains sencha green tea, ginger root, saffron, orange peel, fennel, clove, cardamom cinnamon, safflower, tulsi (holy basil) and licorice root. Buy the ingredients separately and boil up then strain or else look for a similar tea at your health food store, or apothecary.



Make Your Own ‘Orange-Spice Tulsi Tea’

29th June, 2015

orange tulsi

You will need:

1/2 cup dry tulsi leaf
1/4 cup dried orange peel
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup whole cloves

Simply mix all ingredients together to create a beautiful Orange-Spice Tulsi Tea mix.


Make Your Own Tulsi Chai

29th June, 2015

tulsi chai

In winter we tend to feel a bit slower, both in body and mind. We can experience emotional and physical stagnation, slower digestion, excess mucous – and overall congestion shows up in body and mind. To relieve this feeling of being stagnant or ‘stuck’, include warming pungent spices like ginger, clove, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.

You will need:

6 cups clean water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger (r 1 tbsp dried0
2 tbsp freshly grated turmeric (or 2 tbsp dried)
10 cardamom pods
1 tsp whole cloves
5 black peppercorns
4 star anise pods
½ tsp whole allspice
¼ cup dried tulsi leaves (holy basil)


Bring the water to boil on the stove top. Add the spices and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add the dried tulsi, let steep for 3-5 more minutes. Remove from heat and strain the liquid. To serve, pour the hot concentrate into a mug about ½ to ¾ of the way full, then top your favorite nut or seed milk. Sweeten if desired with a spoonful of raw honey, maple syrup, rice syrup or coconut sugar. Makes 2 cups of concentrate.


Tulsi- aids with hormone balancing

25th June, 2015

tulsi hands

Tulsi help balances hormones. Elevated cortisol (a stress hormone) levels can be dangerous as it can have a major impact on our learning, memory, immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart disease. Tulsi has the amazing ability to regulate cortisol levels and keep hormone levels balanced naturally. Tulsi has a physical effect on the body and mental benefits as well. By drinking tulsi tea or adding tulsi to your meals, you calm your system and keep your body running smoothly. And great to reduce menopausal symptoms.


Tulsi at home

25th June, 2015

homemade tulsi

Sipping on my Tulsi tea wondering why it isn’t more popular in Oz. This blend of tulsi, calendula and rose petals was organically grown and then dehydrated by a friend, who kindly feeds my Tulsi habit. Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb – rejuvenating, immune boosting, helping to restore the bodies negative reaction to stress, and so much more. You’ll find it in health food stores as a supplement, tea or liquid tincture. I have 3 varieties of this sacred ‘queen of herbs’ growing in my garden, thanks to above mentioned friend. I also found some seedlings at @mullumfarmersmarket organic seedling stand.

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If you do grow it yourself at home, add the fresh leaves to your salad, stir fry, curry and smoothie. If you can’t find Tulsi seeds or plants at your local nursery, ask them to order it in for you, or look on-line. You’ll find it in health food stores as a supplement, tea or liquid tincture.


Tulsi (Holy Basil) – Ocimum tenuiflorum.

25th June, 2015


The Indian herbal plant Tulsi has a lot of significance in the Hindu religion. The term “Tulsi” is used in the context of one who is ‘absolutely incomparable’. Tulsi has a lot of reverence for the Hindus. In fact, people worship Tulsi everyday in the morning as well as evening time. Most homes will have a plant as it’s considered sacred, not least because of its many medicinal qualities.

Image below: Devotion to the tulsi plant, sweet basil; A lady ascetic, 1800s, Rajasthan

tulsi devotion

I am now using this exceptional herb in my clinic – as it has only very recently become available as a tincture – with wonderful results. I wonder why Tulsi isn’t more popular in the West as its medicinal properties are incredible, and varied. Tulsi is rejuvenating, immune boosting, helps restore our bodies negative reaction to stress, removes fluoride from water, has a wonderful effect on the adrenal glands and cardiovascular and nervous system and is anti fungal, so is a great herb to treat a candida overgrowth.

Tulsi may help manage levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to boost your mood. Look for teas and supplements in health-food stores and follow package directions.

tulsi tea

Traditionally, many an Indian Grandma relied on a tea made from the leaves of Holy Basil to relieve indigestion and headaches. Now the firsts test are showing it might also inhibit breast cancer. A tea made of Holy Basil shrunk tumours by reducing their blood supply, and stopping their spread. To aid in breast cancer treatment, drink the tea daily. (It must be ‘Holy Basil’, not other varieties of basil.) Pour 2 cups boiling water over 10 to 15 fresh holy basil leaves and steep 5 minutes Remove the leaves before consuming. Or get it as a liquid tincture as use as directed by a health practitioner.

queen of herbs


Simple weekend breakfast idea- Organic eggs, tomato and avocado

23rd June, 2015

How about this for brekky this weekend? Be sure to get ‘organic’ eggs, not just ‘free-range’, and organic or at least gas-free avocados and tomatoes. Say ‘NO’ to gas-ripend fruit and veg’.


Above -Poached eggs, tomatoes and avocado.


22nd June, 2015



DIY Deodorant using Essential oils

19th June, 2015

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Melt the coconut oil and allow to cool a little. Slowly drop in 1/4 tsp essential oil, one drop at a time. Mix in the arrowroot powder and baking powder (or cornstarch) until smooth.

Pour into an airtight jar and apply with your fingers or a small spatula. Or get yourself an empty deodorant container, (available on line and some homeware stores). When the coconut oil sets (after some time) the deodorant will be in a semi-solid state and ready to use.

These essential oils are antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory, and they smell great:

Grapefruit, geranium, lime, cypress, tea tree, lavender, clove, oregano, ylang ylang, frankincense, cedarwood, geranium, tea tree, patchouli, rosemary.

diy odour