Tulsi is one of the oldest herbs known to mankind, tulsi’s healing and healthful properties have been the most treasured knowledge across the world. Holy Basil or Tulsi, is considered sacred in Hinduism and is worshipped as ‘Goddess of Devotion’ in many of the Indian households. Tusi is cultivated for religious and medical purposes and also for its essential oil which is often used in Ayurveda. Tulsi leaves are used in a variety of culinary preparations. In addition to the flavour, the culinary herb is said to preserve and enhance the properties of the food. From a healthy gut to stronger immunity, the benefits of tulsi leaves are quite a lot. We all know about the spiritual significance of cultivating the Tulsi plant, but let us unveil more of Tulsi’s benefits.
Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory
Tulsi is packed with strong anti-inflammatory properties that cure a variety of diseases and disorders. It contains enzyme-inhibiting oils, including eugenol, citronellol, and linalool. The anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi help lower inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions. Chewing of Tulsi leaves soothes fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu.
Packed with Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
Tulsi essential oil has the ability to help fight free radical damage while protecting DNA structure and cells. Tulsi contains two water-soluble flavonoid antioxidants, orientin and vicenary that strengthen the immune system, protect the cellular structure, DNA and delay the effect of skin ageing.
The essential oil of Tulsi cleanses the skin from within. This excellent skin cleanser is perfect for those with oily skin. It removes dirt and impurities that block pores. Apply the paste made of Tulsi leaves on your face for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. The strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of Tulsi help prevent the formation of acne. Tulsi is known to heal many diseases and ailments. Juice of Tulsi leaves is used in treating ringworm and skin disorders. For skin problems, the mix of Tulsi and Aloe Vera juice is beneficial. Few physicians used this beneficial herb as skin ointments for treating leucoderma. It also prevents premature ageing and keeps the skin healthy.
Heals wound and protects against infection
Extracts made from its leaves are thought to boost wound healing speed and strength. Some people use Tulsi after surgery to heal and protect their wounds from infections. It increases your wound breaking strength, healing time, and contraction.
Home Remedy for Cough
Tulsi leaves are used in the treatment of cough and cold. To cure cough and cold fever, one should take the decoction of tulsi flowers, ginger, black and long pepper powder along honey at least three to four times a day. It is good to reduce the symptoms of cough and cold. A person suffering from expectorant should take the juice of Tulsi leaves and sugar. For a dry cough, the mixture of Tulsi leaves, onion, and ginger juice is helpful in managing and controlling it.
Tulsi’s essential oil may help manage depression and anxiety too. The herb stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for including happiness and energy. Chewing 10-12 fresh Tulsi leaves control stress and manage anxiety. Tulsi tea also helps in reducing stress.
Tulsi for Fever
The decoction of tulsi leaves, neem leaves, powder of ginger, and powder of long pepper has the ability to reduce fever and its symptoms considerably. Tulsi tea is quite effective against malaria and dengue fever, especially during the rainy season. During fever, applying the paste of Tulsi leaves on cold feet is beneficial.
Tulsi prevents heart disease
Tulsi leaves show a positive impact in reducing cholesterol levels in the body, thereby helping in preventing cardiac diseases. Tulsi leaves also act as a tonic for the heart. Blood circulation enhances when the juice of fresh leaves is applied locally.
(Text Source – Maharishi Ayurveda)