Tulsi which is also known as Basil leaf, is considered Holy in many parts of the Country (India). It has various health benefits, which made our ancestors respect the humble small plant. It is commonly seen in most houses and is worshiped. This is traced back to the fact that after worshiping the plant, a few leaves are consumed for health benefit.
Key Benefits of Tulsi
Cures respiratory/lung disorders
Tulsi has components like Camphene, Eugenol and Cineole in its essential oils. It helps to cure common cold, asthma and even bronchitis. It relieves congestion in the lungs and smoothens the breathing. It helps to cure infections in the lungs.
Furthermore, it is said to cure the damages caused due to smoking.
Want to quit smoking, eat a leaf or two, it helps to reduce the stress level and reduce the urge to smoke.
It also helps to cure tuberculosis as it has antibiotic properties.
The vitamin c and the Eugenol in Tulasi, protects the heart from diseases. It reduces the cholesterol level in blood, hence ensuring a healthy heart.
How to make your own Tulsi mouthwash:
- Boil a handful of raw tulsi leaves in water.
- Wait until the volume of the water is reduced by half.
- Leave it to cool.
- Store this decoction in a cool place.
- You can dilute this with water and use it as a mouth wash.
One more step ahead in leading a harmful chemical free life!
Acetic acid in the Basil leaf, helps to shrink the kidney stones. It can help alleviate the pain caused due to kidney stone, like a pain killer. It reduced the uric acid levels in the body, hence it avoids further formation of stones in the kidney.
One single leaf of Basil/Tulsi can help to get rid of the headache caused due to migraine, sinus, cough/cold or even blood pressure.
Consuming two or three leaves a day, can help you in so many ways. It also helps your skin glow and keep your body young, as it has anti-oxidant properties.
Oh, one more, It helps you boost the immunity!! One leaf a day, you child will not have an excuse to skip school!
How to add Tulsi to your diet
Holy Basil / Tulsi has a mild flavor and hence can be consumed in its raw form. Other than that, the leaves can be sun dried, ground and added to dishes. They can also be chopped and added to any dish starting from pasta to soups. They also make for great salad dressing.
Tulsi herbal drink recipe
A herbal drink can be made by using tulasi, lemon and a few mint leaves.
- Boil a few Tulasi leaves in water for 5 to 6 minutes. Add a small piece of ginger, one clove and a few drops of honey to this water.
- Allow the leaves to soak in the hot water for a while.
- Strain well and drink the herbal tea for a healthy you!
This can be had on an empty stomach each morning. Also helps to clear the digestive system and to bid goodbye to digestion problems.
Tulsi is definitely a miracle leaf!
The properties and benefits of Tulasi has been described in detail by Charaka in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. This herb is also considered to be an adaptogen, and hence performs the role of balancing various processes in the body, and hence helps to reduce stress levels. The Charaka Samhita calls Tulsi as ‘elixir of life’ and as a herb that promotes longevity.