Updated: Jan 14
TULSI is such a powerful herb in the Ayurvedic tradition that it is considered an avatar of LAKSHMI, the most widely worshipped goddess of wealth - and all forms of abundance.
Tulsi is further even referred to by many in India as "Tulsi ji," with the "ji" connoting deep reverence.
This is one ultra powerful herb, which soothes your spirit like a Mother Goddess. Tulsi ji is extremely helpful to you in overcoming addictions to drugs and other harmful substances.
It is similar to clove in its flavor, and has the ability to wake you up, in a literal and figurative sense.
It also cleanses your body - helping boost your immune system resilience while fighting off toxins, phlegm, excess fat and infective agents in the system. It also cleanses your aura energetically.
Tulsi ji is known as an ADAPTOGENIC HERB, which has been researched in modern medicine and proven to support you in adapting to stress and difficulty in your life. It also has potent anti-depressant properties.
This herb is so powerful, in fact, that it can be used as part of hand sanitizer, mouthwash and water purifiers.
Tulsi ji is very sattvic in nature, which means it helps to increase your awareness, mental clarity, compassion and devotion. It opens your heart and mind to the power you have within to transcend any sources of stress and pain in your life.
1/2 cup soaked or cooked chickpeas
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
fresh lemon juice to taste
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds (ideally dry roasted)
15-20 Tulsi ji leaves
1/2 teaspoon hing
1/4 cup almond yogurt
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
pink rock salt to taste
Whisk together the almond yogurt and water in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Add ghee or coconut oil to large saucepan with cumin seeds and turmeric. Add rock salt.
Saute chickpeas in the saucepan for 5 minutes.
Move the mixture to a blender. Add a generous amount of Tulsi ji leaves, white sesame seeds, hing 1/2 cup of the almond yogurt and water combination from step 1, lemon and salt to taste.
Blend until you get a smooth consistency that you prefer for hummus.
Enjoy with tortillas, chappatis or homemade pizza crust.
Honor the divine abundance that you have manifested in this beautiful homemade hummus dish before you eat it. See if you can close your eyes while you consume it, and really connect with the power of Goddess Lakshmi as you do so. Set the intention for this dish to remove your heart of sorrow and stress, to invite it to work its magic in your body, and then trust that it will.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANANTA RIPA AJMERA is founder and CEO of The Ancient Way and Director of Ayurveda at THE WELL, a modern wellness club that brings together world-class doctors and master healers for a more balanced you. She is author of The Ayurveda Way, a compilation of 108 simple, doable practices for better sleep, less stress, optimal digestion and more.