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Stress Relief From The Ancient Sages of India

By August 27, 2015Nutrition Information

Stressful experiences are part of life. We have stress from hectic lifestyles, computers, dieting, lack of sleep,, allergies and food sensitivities. That is a lot to deal with. Stress affects your energy,  blood sugar,  pH and the function of every cell in your body. Research cited in the Harvard Business Review showed that 60% to 90% of doctor visits are stress-related.

While the demands of life’s external stressors are not always in your control, what is in your control is the ability to manage your internal response to external stressors.

Eating foods that keep your body in balance, adequate sleep, exercising and doing some type of stress relieving practice will give you control over your internal response to the stressful events in your life.

There is also an herb with powerful healing properties that relieves stress.
tulsiIt is called Tulsi and is often referred to as Holy Basil. It is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body adapt to whatever it is experiencing to stay in balance.

Before we get to the Holy Basil, I want to tell you about my group tapping sessions which will be starting September 9.  Tapping for Weight Loss and Vibrant Health . Tapping is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence health and behavior.

One of the reasons tapping is so effective in improving your health is tapping relieves stress.

Tapping on the various acupressure points changes the chemistry in your body from stress mode to relaxation mode.

What makes tapping effective around weight loss is it decreases your cortisol levels “the fat storage hormone” and increases your serotonin levels “the happy hormone”.  You get healthier and happier.

This is why I love tapping.  When I teach my clients how to tap they have a tool to release their daily stress. They also release the thoughts, emotions and beliefs that prevent them from eating healthy foods and taking good care of themselves.

While it is wonderful to work one-on-one with a practitioner it can be expensive. I want to provide tapping support to more people, therefore I am offering four group tapping sessions in the month of Sept for anyone who wants to get one-on-one support but in a group environment.

In group tapping it is remarkable how issues voiced by one person affects most if not all of the participants.  

If you want to shed pounds, relax and feel energized let me show you a new approach that gets resultsClick for more information

Tapping For Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

Time: Wednesday 3pm-4pm
Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30
Cost: $59

While you could tap alone, tapping in a group is easier and more fun  Tapping along with the group will relax you.

THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE CLASS.  I work one-on-one with the members of the group. I look forward to tapping with you. Email me if you have questions. Click Here to Sign Up

The Benefits of Holy Basil 

tulsi plantHoly Basil is an herb native to India, where it is known as tulsi. For over 5000 years Tulsi is considered India’s “Queen of Herbs.” It has been used to support a healthy response to stress, maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range, promote longevity, nourish the mind and elevate the spirit. It is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress.

The New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses describes the properties of holy basil: “a pungently aromatic, warming antiseptic that lowers fever, reduces inflammation, relaxes spasms, clears bacterial infections, strengthens the immune and nervous systems.  It is considered tonic and adoptogenic and lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels”.

It is sacred in the Hindu religious tradition. In India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia many families grow Tulsi in their homes. They use it as medicine and believe it has spiritual significance. In Hindu mythology, the plant is an incarnation of the goddess Tulsi, offering divine protection. The family cares for their plants with reverence. The stalks are often made into beads used in meditation.

  • Ayurvedic healers have shown Holy Basil’s ability to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and treat negativity.
  • It’s healing powers have been used for colds, coughs, headaches rheumatism, arthritis and diabetes
  • Tulsi has anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties that are used to treat a variety of digestive conditions and infections throughout the body, as well as scavenge free radicals and prevent degeneration of organs and tissues.
  • It is detoxifying for the liver and the adrenal system
  • Its stimulating effects purify the blood and reduce inflammation throughout the body

Holy Basil Beneficial in Soothing Stress

 Holy basil, because of it adaptogenic properties, (brings the body back into balance), works extremely well when people are experiencing stress.

In a 2004 blog post Dr Andrew Weil sited a number of studies on animals that have shown that tulsi seems to influence the neurochemistry of the brain in a way similar to antidepressant medications.

One study, published in 1991 in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, compared holy basil to Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and found that holy basil was the most potent anti-stress agent of the three, and also had the highest margin of safety.

The oils in the Tulsi leaf have antioxidant properties that may explain its effectiveness in reducing the damaging effects of stress on the body.

The herb clarifies and awakens the mind helping to remove toxins which block and slow the flow of energy throughout the body.

How to Take Holy Basil

tulsi-teaTincture – take 40-60 drops 3x a day with a little water between meals

Tea – Holy basil has a strong tea taste, it makes a great beverage. It is caffeine free. The Loose Tea Leaves are the purest form. Brew 1 tsp in 8 oz of hot, almost boiling water for 3-5 minutes .Sweeten with stevia or honey if desired. Enjoy 1-3 cups per day as needed

Chew the fresh leaves – If you can grow your own plants nibble on a few leaves every day

I highly recommend trying holy basil to reduce stress. Tapping along with holy basil really works for me.


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