Tulsi or Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) – Experience the Soothing Benefits of Holy Basil

Tulsi or Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) – Experience the Soothing Benefits of Holy Basil

 

Tulsi is also referred to as the queens of herbs because of its immense benefits associated. It is consumed as raw leaves or leaves boiled in water or as tea or powder or paste or used in garnishing food or sauces or soups or as juices or flavored water or herbal supplement or inhaling tulsi essential oil etc. One can reap maximum benefits from tulsi leaves when chewed raw. It purifies the mind body and soul. It is highly sensitive to frost and thrives in warm climates. Every parts of the plant from seeds to leaves have amazing uses for the body. It grows in rich and moist soil with ample sunlight.

 

  • Tulsi Oil – It is extracted from basil. It has a sharp, fresh, earthy and minty fragrance. It is used in warding off insects. Apply the diluted essential oil in safe carrier oil or purified water which eliminates body odor. Pure tulsi essential oil is made through steam distilling the leaves and other parts of the plant. Tulsi oil infusion is made by grinding two branches of tulsi leaves to form paste and then mixing the paste in half a cup of coconut oil and putting the same on low flame followed by adding two cups of fenugreek grains and heating till the grains pop and then turning off the flame. Let it cool. Applying the oil on scalp alleviates scalp problems.
  • Tulsi leaves are mixed with black pepper is good remedy for malaria.
  • Fresh tulsi flowers ease bronchitis symptoms.
  • Adding a few leaves in food or drinking water purifies and kills germs in it.
  • Smelling tulsi protects from coughs, colds and other viruses.
  • It helps relieve skin problems, itching and issues like ringworms and ward off mosquitoes.
  • It acts as a detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent.
  • It helps in relieving from fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu and chest congestion.
    It helps protect against cardiovascular problems.
  • It is an excellent germicide, antibiotic, fungicidal and disinfectant.
  • It helps relieve respiratory congestions.
  • It helps eliminate bacteria that may cause tartar, cavities, bad breath and plaque, while providing a protective effect at the same time.
  • On inhaling, it eases anxiety and stress.
  • It helps strengthen immunity and facilitate proper digestion.
  • Regular tulsi consumption can also aid in balancing various bodily processes.
  • It counters elevated blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for diabetics.
  • It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones. It is also beneficial for those who have kidney stones. A mixture of tulsi and honey is useful to expel stones from kidney over a period of six months.
  • It wards off harmful effects of free radicals.
  • It is great for dental health and for healthy gums.
  • It is beneficial in treating conditions like hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu.
  • Tender Tulsi leaves boiled in water act as a preventive against malaria and dengue fever.
  • In the case of acute fever, a decoction of the leaves boiled with cardamom powder in half a litre of water mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.
  • It is used in the treatment of ulcers, cuts and wounds. They help in reducing the pain caused by measles, chicken pox, and small pox. A mixture of basil leaves juice and coconut oil can be applied on cuts and wounds to give relief.
  • Chewing a basil leaf or applying the juice of basil leaves on the area stung or bitten by an insect also helps relieve the pain as well as draw the venom out.
  • A concoction made by boiling basil leaves in water can be taken as a drink or used for gargling to get relief from a sore throat.
  • Its leaves have a strengthening effect on the kidneys. In case of renal stones, the consumption of juice of basil leaves mixed with honey helps remove these stones through the urinary tract.
  • Tulsi being a detoxifying agent can help to reduce uric acid level which is the main reason behind kidney stones.
  • It reduces blood cholesterol levels.
  • It protects the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
  • It reduces blood pressure and thus is useful for heart patients.
  • Basil leaves taken with honey keeps chicken pox at bay.
  • If a baby is given Tulsi juice regularly before teething, it helps grow teeth easily without any of the usual teething troubles. Massaging the gums with a mixture of Tulsi leaves and honey will also help.
  • Giving children a mixture of Tulsi juice and honey helps bring relief from cough and sore throat too.
  • Warm Tulsi juice gets rid of the worms in the stomach.
  • It helps people suffering from vomiting and lack of appetite.
  • Several stomach problems like acidity, constipation and flatulence can also be cured with Tulsi leaves. Tulsi supports the digestive system and makes you feel less bloated and more comfortable.
  • Its leaves taken with home-made fresh curd help in reducing excess weight and fight laziness by renewing your energy levels and facilitating new blood cells formation.
  • Tulsi leaves dried and powdered can be used for brushing teeth and also used as toothpaste by mixing with mustard oil. It maintains the health of the gums and helps to counteract pyorrhoea and other dental problems and gum inflammation.
  • Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness. It soothes eyes and reduces stress. It protects from conjunctivitis, boils and other problems of the eyes by washing eyes with water soaked in Tulsi leaves. Chewing a couple of basil leaves helps to ward off eye problems caused by free radicals such as vision degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
  • It treats some forms of cancer like breast cancer by restricting the blood vessels that feed tumors. It also helps to inhibit the growth of oral cancer that is caused due to tobacco.
  • It is helpful in quitting smoking by chewing which gives a cooling effect on throat and repairs damage caused due to years of smoking.
  • It helps in maintaining a healthy skin and shiny hair.
  • It prevents the outburst of acne and pimples. Apply a paste of tulsi leaves with sandalwood paste, neem paste or rose water at the affected area.
  • It gets rid of lightens scars and marks.
  • Rubbing dried tulsi leaves is beneficial for facial skin as it gives younger and fresher appearance. Applying its paste on face and neck improves skin tone.
  • It tightens skin pores by applying a face pack using one egg white and tulsi leaves paste and washing off after twenty minutes.
  • It prevents the appearance of blackheads. Place wet tulsi leaves on each side of nose for five minutes and then wash it off.
  • It adds glow to the face. Rubbing finely powdered dry tulsi on face removes dark spots from the face thereby adding glow to it.
  • Applying tulsi leaves boiled in mustard oil to black, promotes quick healing of skin.
  • Regular intake of basil leaves cures vitiligo, a disease characterized by white patches.
  • Make a paste of tulsi leaves and add it to hair oil. Apply this oil on scalp which keeps it cool, reduces itchiness and promotes hair growth. Alternatively, it can be applied by mixing a small quantity of tulsi oil to regular oil and massing well on scalp. It strengthens brittle hair and is very effective to control thinning of hair.
  • Soaking dried tulsi leaves powder and amla powder overnight and washing hair with it prevents graying and hair fall. It produces healthy hair by stimulating hair follicles.
  • It prevents cell ageing and death and protects against radiation damage.
  • It acts as nerve tonic and improves brain functioning. It improves concentration and sharpens memory.
  • A combination of basil leaves juice, lime juice and ginger juice have immediate relief from stomachache.
  • Fresh juice of basil is instilled in ears to get relief from earache.
  • As a first aid, the paste of fresh leaves is used in case of bleeding.
  • Basil juices along with honey remove hiccups.
  • Basil extracted oil is used for painkiller.
  • Basil leaves juice with honey is good for obese person. Obesity person should take this combination for a period of 2 to 3 months.
  • Tulsi reduces total cholesterol levels. Thus it is useful for heart disease patients. Tulsi also reduces blood pressure.
  • Tulsi helps in building up stamina, use it to prepare herbal tea.
  • It regulates cortisol level in body which controls stress, memory, immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart diseases.
  • It is rich in vitamin K which is beneficial for bone density, digestive health and brain function.
  • A mixture of tulsi oil and honey invigorates skin.

 

Tulsi use may be avoided for pregnant and breast feeding women. Excess use of tulsi may be avoided as it leads to expelling blood while coughing or in urine and rapid breathing. People who are on blood thinning drugs should not use it. Diabetics’ person should not use this as it lowers blood sugar. It leads to infertility in men. Excess use of tulsi slows blood clotting.

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