The Queen of Herbs – Holy Basil (Tulsi)
The Queen of Herbs -Basil or popularly known as the sacred herb of India Tulsi is one of the healthiest herbs. Start your day with a cup of Tulsi tea and give a great boost to your overall health and reap the magnificent health benefits of this versatile herb.
Tulsi is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains a high amount of Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and bone health. Other vitamins and minerals found in basil include Vitamin A, Iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin- C, and potassium.
Versatile Health Benefits of the Queen of Herbs – Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy Basil or Tulsi is amongst the few adaptogen (a natural substance considered to help the body to adapt and fight stress) Mother-Nature has gifted us and acts as a tonic for the entire body.
Fever – Tulsi has very potent germicidal, fungicidal, antibacterial and antibiotic properties that are great for curing fevers. It has the potential to cure Malaria and Dengue as well.
Diabetes – Leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils which help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly. Several clinical trials have shown that Tulsi has anti-diabetic activity.
Stress and Anxiety – Basil helps to maintain the normal levels of the stress hormone – cortisol in the body. People who suffer from stress or anxiety should consume Basil.
Kidney stones – The holy basil being a great diuretic and detoxifier is great for the kidneys. Tulsi helps reduce the uric acid levels in the blood and cleanses the Kidneys.
Weight Loss – Basil leaves can help in weight loss. The traditional dosage is 300 to 1,500 mg of dried holy basil leaves per day. This can be taken in capsule form or infused in one cup of hot water to drink as a herbal tea. You can also chew 5- 10 fresh leaves empty stomach in the morning.
Cancer – Basil has antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic (a substance that counteracts the effects of a carcinogen or inhibits the development of cancer) properties. With strong antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties, Holy Basil has been found to help stop the progression of breast cancer and oral cancer.
Acne and skin disorders – Basil does not only gives you glowing skin, its antibacterial and antifungal properties are very effective in preventing breakouts on acne prone skin. The holy basil has powerful purifying properties. It purifies the blood and gives the skin a beautiful glow and prevents the appearance of acne and blemishes. Tulsi works very well on eczema. Rubbing Tulsi leaves on areas that itch gives quick relief.
Asthma and Bronchitis (Respiratory Disorders) – Researches show Basil to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties that help in getting get relief from respiratory disorders. It also relieves congestion since it contains potent components like camphene, eugenol, and cineole in its essential oils. It’s anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties also help to treat allergic respiratory disorders.
Dental Care – Tulsi has the power to fight bacteria in your mouth that lead to dental issues, such as cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. Tulsi can help to treat ulcers in the mouth.
Heart Disorder – Basil is very beneficial in combating cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from it. It reduces blood cholesterol levels. Tulsi also contains Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as Eugenol protects the heart from harmful effects of free radicals. Tulsi can also reduce blood pressure and thus is useful for heart patients.
Common Ailments – Common problems like a cough, cold, diarrhea, sore throat and vomiting respond favorably to Tulsi.
Stomach Problems – 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.
Eye Disorder – Basil is an effective remedy for sore eyes and other eye related disorders which are generally caused by lack of Vitamin A.
How to consume it?
The best way is to chew 5-10 fresh leaves in the morning empty stomach. You can also take an herbal formulation/extract of Tulsi in a form of pill or juice if fresh leaves are not available.
Basil or Tulsi tea is easily available in the market. I prefer mixing Tulsi powder with my tea leaves. You can also use Basil leaves as a salad dressing. For skin disorders, while taking it internally also make a paste of the leaves or its powder and apply it on the skin for best results.