Holy Basil Tea
Commonly referred to as tulsi, which means "the incomparable one," holy basil is considered matchless for reducing stress, increasing energy and vitality, and promoting longevity. Practitioners frequently prescribe this herb for age-related conditions such as cardiovascular problems, hypertension, and diabetes. A cousin to sweet basil, holy basil is easy to grow in your garden or on a sunny windowsill -- as an added bonus, it repels flies and other insects. (Look for holy basil in your local garden store.) Preparation tips: Holy basil can be used either fresh or dried. It makes a delicious, invigorating tea on its own or blended with peppermint and lemon balm. (Natural-foods stores carry a number of blends.) Supplement dosage: 2 to 3 times daily, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon tincture or 2 capsules.