Holy basil, or Ocimum tenuiflorum, more commonly known as tulsi, is a plant native to India but also found in Southeast Asia. For a long time, tulsi has been cultivated for religious and medical purposes. It is also cultivated for its essential oil which is often used in ayurveda. Tulsi is also used in ayurveda to cure many diseases.
Benefits Of Tulsi
Tulsi offers many benefits like oral care, relief from respiratory disorders, treatment of asthma, curing fever, reducing stress levels etc.
Dental And Oral Care
Tulsi is used to treat bleeding gums, hold the teeth better and also whiten teeth. Tulsi also kills all the bacteria in the mouth and protects the teeth from plaque. It clears bad breath and leaves the mouth with a aromatic smell. It is often used as a mouth freshener as it kills all the bacteria and germs.
Tulsi is very commonly used to cure fever as it can kill bacteria, fungi, germs and viruses in our body. Virus, bacteria and other such pathogens harm our body and result in fever, tulsi effectively kills them all and cure the fever.
Cures Respiratory Diseases
People who generally suffer from any respiratory diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, etc, use tulsi to cure it. Tulsi helps in clearing congestion and also kills the bacteria and viruses which were the underlying cause of the respiratory disease.
Tulsi also prevents lung disorders. It heals and repairs the damages done to the lungs caused by smoking or tuberculosis and also protects lungs from other diseases like cancer.
Protects the Heart and Reduces Stress.
Tulsi is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and eugenol, and hence protects the heart from free radicals. It also reduces the cholesterol levels in the body. Due to vitamin C and other antioxidants, it soothes the nerves, reduces inflammation and also reduces the blood sugar levels.
Tulsi is often used as a detoxifier, to remove toxins from our body. It is used to remove uric acid from the body, clean the kidneys and also treat kidney stones. Its painkiller effect helps in passing of the stones easily.
Tulsi is used to cure skin diseases by topical application and also by oral consumption. Its germ killing and antibacterial properties clears the skin from acne and other skin diseases without any side effects. It is also used as a mosquito repellant, by simply rubbing its leaves on our body, it keeps all mosquitoes away. It also prevents premature aging and keeps the skin healthy.
It is used on all boils to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Its dried leaves are mixed with food grains to keep insects away, It destroys worms in the stomach, helps with labour pains and also treats many infections. It often mixed with green tea to have a minty flavour.
Tulsi in Ayurveda
This herb has been used in Ayurveda since ages because of its many miraculous properties. It can be consumed in powder form or the dried leaves can be crushed or its essential oil can also be used.
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Last modified: February 20, 2018