Who is the “Queen of Herbs”?

Who is the Queen of Herbs?

I can hear it now…
“I tried Tulsi – it didn’t do anything!”

This is a common error when people “try” herbs.

It is a simple misunderstanding of how to use them- or rather- to relate to them.

Listen here to learn how to avoid this common mistake.


A plant with an honorific for thousands of years in India, known as THE QUEEN OF HERBS, has got to have something special about it, right? RIGHT!

But are you willing to meet The Queen half-way? Are you willing to make her more like a family member, and to be a guardian of sorts?

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Tulsi or Holy Basil, botanically known as Ocimum, is what we categorize in modern herbal traditions as an ADAPTOGEN.

Each adaptogen has a different personality. Tulsi, has three! Three varieties of Holy Basil that make up a type of Holy Trinity.

Tulsi is highly protective. Not by drinking one cup, but by over time having a relationship with the plant in a mindful way, every day for a season- a year- or more.

We take adaptogens over longer periods of time.

Ideally in the spirit of gratitude and reverence for it’s benefits and protection it offers. THIS is what changes the amount of benefits you see.

Juiced, infused, in honey, in vinegar, as a topical poultice, essential oil; every part of this Queen is generous and will provide many benefits if we remain intentional, showing up as both physical and psychological steadiness.

Revering Holy Basil as “protector of thresholds” is not silly superstition.

This plant is scientifically proven to protect the body (especially the skin) from some heavy metal exposures and to enhance recovery from external stressors.

Like these people at a wedding in India in this image above, let’s put Holy Basil and other adaptogens up on a pedestal. In some traditions, Ocimum sanctum is considered a special guest and is revered in daily ceremony.

What’s your ceremony?

I’m not asking you to sell your belongings and become a plant worshipper. I am proposing we take a look at how little we respect plants in our medicinal culture.

This can change now into something inspirational and imaginative, influenced by YOUR culture. Begin your shift by placing a Holy Basil plant on your threshold.

In my closed Facebook Group The Wellness Warriors, we discuss these relationships. Come and learn more about the science and the spirit of the plants and the lifestyles which allow you to create the life of your dreams. Join today!

Image Credit: Sephi Bergerson