Connect with Tulsi Rose

from an interview with Kristen Timchak, Integrative Herbalist at HAALo

As an adaptogen herb, tulsi helps the body adapt to non-specific stress. It helps give the body energy without overstimulating the adrenals. It also helps the body to relax. Some of the systems it’s specifically good for are the lungs, the digestive system, and the nervous system.

Traditionally, tulsi is considered a spirit herb. It’s connected to Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance. In India, every family has a little pot of tulsi at their house. It’s considered auspicious and good luck, a bringer of abundance, and something that helps to connect to the spirit.

In that sense, it’s good for the heart and good for the emotional heart.


Rose is always traditionally considered a heart-opening herb. All flowers are considered heart openers due to their nature, so it’s powerful to combine a flower with tulsi. Also, the flavors are complementary. Tulsi has a spicy flavor, and the rose just softens it all.

In my experience, Tulsi feels very clearing. It’s a clear, solid, strong herb. It’s something that can be used safely everyday. It’s great in tea, tincture or elixir form. When it’s fresh it has a great taste, so it can be eaten raw or even added to soups or sauces.

For rose, usually petals or buds are used, whether fresh, dried, in tincture or elixir form.

Tulsi and rose offer support during times of transition, like if you’re transitioning out of a relationship. It can be really great for heartbreak; in that case maybe combine it with hawthorn or linden. Any time you’re feeling stagnant or dull… the heaviness of the heart… this combination is bright and uplifting to the spirit.


Tulsi is my ally herb. It’s an herb I’ve spent a lot of time with. I’ve used both tulsi and rose to make chai by adding cardamom, star anise, ginger and other spices to give it a little extra kick.

I was an intern at the Goldthread Herb Farm in Massachusetts, that’s where I met Shea, and we grew a lot of tulsi there. Beautiful tulsi gardens. Sometimes in our classes we would just go to sit and meditate in the tulsi garden. You could just feel the energy of the plant. It’s such a strong, clean, pure energy.

I use tulsi all the time. It’s my go-to herb for daily use.


Kristen Timchak

Kristen Timchak, Integrative Herbalist, works behind the counter at HAALo on Mondays. She is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Body Worker. She has studied at Goldthread Herb Farm and Kripalu, and recently moved to the Nevada City area from Massachusetts.

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