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Herb of the Week - Holy (Tulsi) Basil - Infused Water

What is Holy Basil?

Its origin is India and is viewed as sacred, especially for the goddess Lakshmi. When planted near the front door, one seeks positive spiritual energy and blessings. I’m not one to mess with ancient juju; therefore, mine is potted and placed right at my front door. Plus, my Holy Basil loves the Florida morning sun and has thrived in its location.

Holy Basil Benefits: anti-inflammatory, fever reducer, antispasmodic, lowers blood-sugar levels, brings spiritual calmness, lowers blood pressure, and aids in respiratory issues.

Holy Basil is sweet with a minty undertone which is perfect for infused water.

A few slices of cucumber, lemon, tulsi basil, & mint.

Refreshing.

Purifying.

Cleansing.

I also add Holy Basil to my pesto’s, teas, and pink salt mixes. Its versatile nature is why she is one of my favorite herbs. I’ve watched her grow from a little one and to be part of such an elemental process is a blessing for me.



Balm For The Soul Tea

Before my hysterectomy, I had Adenomyosis which is a is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. Adenomyosis causes extreme menstrual cramps, lower abdominal pressure, and bloating before menstrual periods and can result in heavy periods. This is a painful condition and would trigger IBS symptoms.

During my herbalist training, I learned much about different herbs that would aid in relief. I created different teas to calm my symptoms as much as possible. The four dried herbs I found the most significant help was red clover, burdock, lavender, and yarrow.

Red Clover - Delicate & sweet, studies have shown it lowers cholesterol, helps with indigestion, hot flashes, and PMS.

Burdock - The root has a distinctive smell and is known to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, heal a damaged liver, and detox the blood.

Lavender - Studies show the herb aids in digestive distress, nausea, and stomach cramps. It is an antispasmodic and reduces gas and bloating.

Yarrow (a favorite of mine)- This is an anti-inflammatory, reliefs menstrual cramps and pain, heals, detoxes, and lessens stomach pain, gas, and diarrhea.

All that is stated above is from my studies. Holistic medicine is portrayed as false, but many disagree myself included. I have witnessed the aid with herbs and oils. As a society, we are all for taking many pills, and some are needed to survive but we never honestly ask questions. We are willing to take on the side effects which could lead to more problems. But when I mention holistic healing, I’m bombarded with skepticism and negativity. I was on many medications in the past for my IBS, Pelvic Adhesive Disease, anxiety, and depression. Once I began my herbalist journey, my mind changed immediately. When I have an IBS flare-up, this is the first thing I make. The lovely aroma alone calms me down.

This beautiful and healing tea brings comfort, relief, and solace. I make a medium size batch that fills a mason jar. Equal parts of the above herbs. Mix. A little goes a long way. I use a stainless steel mesh tea infuser strainer. Amazon carries various tea steepers. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Lemon or honey is optional.

I purchase my herbs from Tame The Spirit on Etsy and Lavender Life Company. Both businesses are trustworthy, reliable, and have excellent herbs.

This is not medical advice. Please check with a physician if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other serious medical conditions.

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