Is tulsi tea harmful?

Updated November 21, 2016

Tulsi, also called holy basil, is considered safe in general. Tulsi herb and tea are used for a variety of illnesses and medical conditions in India. Although considered safe for daily use, tulsi in any form is contraindicated (i.e., inadvisable) for certain medications and medical conditions.

Tulsi and Pregnancy

Considered safe during pregnancy, tulsi (herb or tea) can be found in most Indian homes. The FDA recommends drinking all herbal teas in moderation during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor before taking holy basil during pregnancy, lactation, and for children under two years.

Tulsi During Surgery

Tulsi can increase bleeding during surgery by interacting with medications administered during surgery and should not be consumed for three months pre- or post-surgery.

Tulsi and Blood Thinners

Tulsi should not be taken with medications that slow blood clotting or with blood thinners. Be cautious with this herb while taking such medications and always consult with a doctor before using them.

Tulsi History

Tulsi has been used in India as a common household herb and medicine for thousands of years. Organic fair trade farms in India provide incomes for many women who may not otherwise have income. These farms supply more than 90 per cent of the world supply of Tulsi.

Tulsi Dangers

As with all consumable plants, Tulsi is not for everybody; there is always a chance of allergic reactions. Persons who are allergic to mint, regular basil, cabbage, broccoli, and other members of the Ocimum family should avoid it. Holy basil is a distant relative of regular basil, but it is not the same plant.

Other Names for Holy Basil

Ajaka, Bai Gkaprow, Baranda, Brinda, Green Holy Basil, Hot Basil, Indian Basil, Kala Tulsi, Kemangen, Krishna Tulasi, Krishna Tulsi, Manjari, Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, Parnasa, Patrapuspha, Rama Tulsi, Red Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Sacred Purple Basil, Shyama Tulsi, Sri Tulasi, Suvasa Tulasi, Tulasi, Tulsi, Tulsi Patra.

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