Easy to grow and widely available in the Indian subcontinent, Tulsi is not only a revered, sacred plant in Hinduism It also finds its place in the ancient sciences of Ayurveda. Tulsi is commonly found in two varieties – green Lakshmi Tulsi and purple Krishna Tulsi. Apart from the Indian subcontinent, it is found in the tropics of most Southeast Asian countries.
Tulsi is worshiped, offered to gods and goddesses and in many Hindu families it is not in vain but is raised for a well-established reason – this humble, low-cost medicine brings a lot of benefits with Tulsi being extremely beneficial to people. Avoiding a number of common ailments, strengthening the immune system, fighting and treating various hair and skin diseases by fighting bacterial and viral infections – just a few basil leaves can help solve various health and lifestyle problems if used regularly.
Tulsi is of utmost importance when it comes to Ayurveda and natural remedies. Its essential oils are used to treat various ailments. According to Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Vaidyanatha, “The essential oils found in Tulsi work effectively in our respiratory system.” It is rich in antioxidants which help in reducing stress and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure etc. “Basil contains linoleic acid which is extremely beneficial for the skin,” added Dr. Gautam. According to him, basil leaves contain volatile and stable oils that help fight allergies, infections and pathogens. In addition to basil paste, that powder has long been used in herbal and cosmetic products for its purifying, detoxifying and cleansing properties. When combined with other herbs and ingredients, such as neem, ginger and turmeric, when applied to acne and pimples, basil paste can ensure comfort by reducing the chances of recurrence.
1. It acts as a detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both inside and out.
2. So it is good for the skin – both swallowed and applied steadily.
3. It is also effective in treating problems like skin disorders, itching and ringworm.
4. It can be made into tea or as a raw, powdered, paste or herbal supplement.
5. It has antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
6. It helps to get rid of fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu and chest congestion.
7. It is also useful in the treatment of chronic bronchitis, asthma and respiratory illnesses.
8. relieve stress, strengthen immunity and aid proper digestion
9. It is loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, vitamins A and C.
10. Regular use of Tulsi helps in balancing various bodily processes.
11. It improves blood sugar levels and is beneficial for diabetics.
12. It helps regulate uric acid levels in the body, thus reducing the risk of kidney stones. It is also beneficial for those who have kidney stones.
13. According to the Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India, basil can help the body maintain normal levels of the stress hormone – cortisol.
14, it can spread the harmful effects of free radicals.
15. Great for dental health and healthy gums
16. Effective insect repellent and can help treat insect bites.
17. It is also useful in treating hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu.
18. It is also known as adaptogen.
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