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Tulsi TeaSacred Basil/BE CAREFUL OF IT!!!!

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by FernRhizome, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Someone introduced me to Tulsi tea last week which is 3 varieties of sacred basil. It is totally delicious and made me feel amazingly better in all ways, rather miraculous, but then the day after I got less well. I didn't realize after the first cup that there might be bad side effects and after a couple of days I tried it again and had very strange symptoms that I thought were from something else. But then I tried a third cup yesterday and got SEVERELY ill today. I thought I was going to pass out. I nearly went unconscious. The stuff is TOXIC at least in me and with my disease situation. I looked up the main ingredient and it is hepatoxic as well as toxic in other ways too. PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE DRINKING THIS TEA!!!
     
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    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    It took me a week to get over this reaction and I even ended up with a 24 hour hospitalization. It caused a sudden autonomic collapse.
     
  3. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    How strange... I actually found Tulsi to be a life saver for me.

    When I took hydrocortisone (HC) last year and became severely OVER-stimulated from the HC, Tulsi (and magnesium) were the ONLY thing that I could take to calm down the SEVERE ANXIETY that the HC caused. I actually took up to 6 capsules per hour for days at a time. I went through 3 bottles of 120 capsules of Tulsi before I finally calmed my system down enough to stop taking it.

    This is just another example of how different we all are.
     
  4. Hysterical Woman

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    Hi DB,

    I have had the same experience, I love Holy Basil and it really helps me. I have never, tho, drank more than 2 cups per day. However, it is always prudent to be careful when we start new things whether those are meds, herbs, or supplments, you never know how a cfs body is going to respond to something. We've all been there. Sigh.

    Hysterical
     
  5. FernRhizome

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    Wow! Amazing. Do you remember the brand name on the tulsi tea you both drank? Mine was organic india. It's possible it was something in this particular brand. I also read that if it's grown in an area that is polluted it can have toxic levels of chromium. You are both lucky that you can drink it with no ill effects. I only drank it three times over the course of a week and only one of those times did I drink two cups, from the same tea bag.
     
  6. FernRhizome

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    I actually ended up in the hospital a week after my last cup of tea (I had only four cups over the course of one week). It caused an automonic "crash" such that I experienced utterly profound weakness and it happened quickly. I also had pain in my lower legs, arms and the backs of my hands. Needle-like pain. I am hypersensitive to drugs, pharmaceutical or herbal, but this was really more of a reaction than I've ever had to something herbal.

    Some of the main chemical constituents of Tulsi can be quite toxic: Oleanolic acid, Ursolic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Eugenol, Carvacrol, Linalool, and β-caryophyllene.[6]
     
  7. FernRhizome

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    As it turns out, my reaction may have been, at least partially, to a new PVC shower curtain which was offgassing.....I am hoping it wasn't the tea. But afraid to try the tea again to find out! I started a separate thread on PVC plastic shower curtains offgassing & toxic reactions from the 108 toxic chemicals in PVS plastic.
     
  8. priya

    priya permanently dislabeled

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    tulsi tea should be 'occimum sanctum'- holy basil; i've not heard of the 3 varieties. perharps your lot was contaminated or contained herbs other than holy basil. considering a lot of it comes from india, i'd not be surprised if you got a lot more ( of something) than you bargained for.
     
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    Holy basil does have a profound effect on the adrenals and cortisol production. Holy basil is supposed to normalize adrenal function and cortisol output, but it may be that, in certain individuals, holy basil reduces cortisol, which can make you feel weaker. When I use holy basil, I find that it relaxes my mind and anxieties, but also significantly reduces my appetite (which is poor at the best of times). Since low appetite is connected to low cortisol, I think this appetite diminution is caused by holy basil lowering my cortisol.
     
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    Hip, oh that's very interesting! The gut is part of the autonomic system so it makes sense it might come to a halt along with relaxing all smooth muscles, which is not a good thing in dysautonomia.
     
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    How much Holy Basil are you taking???

    Hey, new guy here. Just started Holy Basil yesterday and had a terrific day! Hoping it lasts. I've suffered for 7+ years with CFS. A salivary test showed high cortisol in the AM then low the rest of the day. If I typically take any supplement that can lower cortisol it wipes me out. I did not experience that with the Holy Basil.

    I'm not sure which action is helping me then. I read that it was a mood lifter which is why I tried it. I'm currently taking the NOW brand one per day in the AM @ 500mg.

    I'm interested in taking more but don't want to push too hard yet.

    I recently tried LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and it wiped out my adrenals in 5 days. I'm taking B5 and MACA in the AM with the Holy Basil.

    How much are you taking? How long does it take to help? Do you have adrenal issues?

    Cheers!
     

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