Do you know the Health Benefits of Indian Tulsi?
- Author: Tanya Sood Published: 4th November, 2019
One of the oldest known herbs to mankind, Tulsi also known as the Holy Basil is an aromatic perennial plant which is native to the Indian subcontinent. The plant is widely used in traditional medicine, in Ayurveda, essential oils, herbal tea, and is considered as sacred in Hinduism. It is worshipped in the Indian Household as “Goddess of Devotion”
There are many health benefits of Indian Tulsi, which is why it is often used in culinary perpetrations. It not only preserves the food property, and add taste to the dish but increases the nutritional value of the food.
Here are some Health Benefits of Indian Tulsi:
Remedy For Cough
Tulsi leaves are used for the treatment of cough and cold. A decoction of ginger, tulsi, black pepper, and honey is very powerful in the treatment of cough. It warms the body from the inside and helps the body to heal faster.
Anxiety & Stress Reduction
The holy basil plant acts as an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps the body to adapt to stress and promotes mental health. Moreover, this herb stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones which are responsible for happiness. It is said that chewing 10 to 12 leaves of tulsi, helps control stress and manages anxiety.
Prevents Heart Diseases
It has been recorded that the holy basil is beneficial for one’s heart. It has shown a positive impact on the reduction of cholesterol levels in the human body, which is why it is helpful in the prevention of heart diseases. It has vitamin C and other antioxidants such as eugenol, which protect the heart from harmful radicals.
Cure For Fever
The Indian Tulsi is a powerful treatment and has excellent antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal, and disinfectant agent which helps protect the body from all forms of bacterial and viral infections. It is used for the cure of fever, including malaria and dengue fever. The decoction of tulsi leaves combined with neem leaves, ginger, and pepper helps reduce the symptoms of fever.
Helps With The Treatment Of Asthma
The magical plant of tulsi has the power to relieve chest congestion and nasal congestion which facilitates smoother breathing. One of the many benefits of tulsi includes the cure of Asthama because of phytonutrients and minerals present in it.
Good For Stomach
The sacred Tulsi plant plays an important role in the cure of stress-induced stomach ulcers. It decreases the acid produced in the stomach, and increase the mucus secretion. It also helps to strengthen the stomach, in turn strengthening the digestive system.
Helps in the Healing of Wounds & Protects Against Infection
One of the many benefits of tulsi for health is that it helps in faster healing of wounds, and protects them from infection. Extracts made from tulsi leaves is thought to boost wound healing speed. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties which is why it is said that it protects the body from infections. Some people use tulsi leaves after surgery to protect the body from infections and for a speedy recovery.
Tulsi Skin Care
Since Tulsi is antibiotic, disinfectant, antibacterial, and antifungal in nature, it is known for benefitting the skin. Taking a bath in tulsi decoction mixed water helps in curing any skin infections, and removing skin impurities. Moreover consuming tulsi leaves regularly can help prevent any skin infections. In the old times, tulsi leaves or its extracted oil was rubbed on the body to keep insects and mosquitos away.
Forget Premature Ageing
Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, phytonutrients, and essential oils, makes it a great antioxidant which protects the skin and body from radical damage. It helps in maintaining youthful skin and prevents premature ageing.
The bacteria responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath can be destroyed with the help of tulsi. The astringent properties of holy basil help strengthen the gums which help in holding the teeth tighter. However, it is advised that basil leaves should not be kept in contact with the teeth for too long.
Boosts Body Immunity
One of the major benefits of the holy basil is that it boosts body immunity, and protects the body from all bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoa infections. A strong immune system helps the body in many ways.
Headache can be a lot of trouble. The holy basil has Camphene, eugenol, cineol, carvacrol, and methyl-chavicol, due to which it has excellent analgesic, sedative, anti-congestive, and disinfectant properties. This helps in the cure of headaches caused by the pressure of sinus, due to migraine, cold, or high blood pressure.
Reduces the Risk Of Kidney Stone
The tulsi plant helps in the reduction of the uric acid level in the body and detoxifies the body. This is one of the major reasons for kidney stone. This is why it helps clean out the kidney through increased urination. It is said that eating tulsi leaves empty stomach helps in the removal of kidney stone.
Eye Care & Holy Basil
The holy basil is beneficial for osteopathic health. It not only helps soothes eye inflammation, but washing eyes with basil soaked leaves can help with conjunctivitis, boils, and any other eye infections. Due to its richness in Vitamin A & Vitamin C, it protects the eyes from vision defects, ophthalmia, glaucoma and much more.
Apart from its spiritual significance, the holy basil plant has several health benefits which are why it is found in almost every Indian Household.