News - Tulsi goes flying
by Life Positive
The holy basil comes to the recue of long-distance air travellers While long-distance air travels have always been considered stressful and toxic, scientists are finding our holy basil leaves as highly effective in combating their hazards. Even though modern air travel has facilitated new business, leisure and living options, yet travelling in a pressurised metal cabin 10 km above sea level can have its drawbacks. Flying exposes travellers to a wide range of physical stressors such as reduced oxygen levels at altitude, dry recycled air, cosmic radiation, extreme temperatures, immobilisation, sleep deprivation, jet-lag, processed packaged food, and skipped meals. There is also exposure to jet fuel and industrial toxins.
No wonder travellers often arrive feeling wrung out, anxious, and queasy, with bad breath, stiff muscles, aching joints, and a greater chance of headache, gastroenteritis, and upper respiratory tract and other infections!
A review of the hundreds of scientific studies of tulsi, or holy basil, reveals that it is the ideal solution for all these challenges, and an essential travel companion.
Tulsi is revered in India as the holiest plant and considered matchless for its medicinal and spiritual properties. In Ayurveda, tulsi is known as an ‘elixir of life.’ It is a potent adaptogen that promotes longevity.
Adaptogens are agents that help the body cope with stress, enhance physical and mental health and promote longevity. As the pre-eminent adaptogen, tulsi has a unique combination of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and other actions that combine to help the body and mind adapt and cope with multiple physical, emotional, chemical and infectious stresses.
Now that science has begun to unravel some of its mystery, it seems likely that tulsi will start travelling the globe as the first aid discerning travellers can take – before they get sick. So next time you are travelling, make sure you carry some tulsi with you!
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