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Holy Basil!

Sounds like a nice thing to exclaim when you’re surprised, right? As in: “Holy basil! You scared me!” or “Holy Basil, that looks great!”.

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Maybe I will make it my new catchphrase from now on…

Well, how I got to this, my mum gave me a box of tea this morning. She saw tea consisting of a blend of three species of tulsi, also named holy basil, and bought it for me.

I had never heard of this “tulsi” before, but apparently it’s used a lot in Hindu cultures. The plant, Ocimum tenuiflorum (a Lamiacea), has a ton of medical and religious purposes.

Tulsi is believed to be useful in cancer treatment in the future. Apart from that, it has a huge importance in Hinduism. I don’t know enough about Hinduistic tradition to tell you a lot about it, so please leave a comment if you can explain the use of tulsi in Hinduism!

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As for the tea, I have to admit, it didn’t taste as spectacular as I thought it would. I had anticipated to be blown away by the ancient taste of culture and tradition. But, to be honest, it’s just tea. Disappointment aside, it is a nice tea, really, with just a small hint of herbs.
The box promises it to be “uplifting and restoring”, so I’ll just wait and see if I feel reborn in half an hour or so, we’ll see.

Leaves me to say: Holy basil, what a beautiful morning it is! Sunshine, a cup of tea and a good book, what more does a person need?

Had you heard of tulsi before?

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