Holy basil, more commonly known as tulsi, is found widely in the Indian subcontinent. Considered holy in Hinduism, the plant is highly revered and finds a place in almost every Hindu home. Although it has several varieties, the green-leaved Rama tulsi and the purple-colured Krishna tulsi are most widely seen in Indian homes. It is worshipped, there is a festival dedicated to the plant and its leaves are generally added to the ‘prasad’, offered to the gods. Other than for religious purposes, the plant is known for its several health benefits. No wonder it has a prominent place in Ayurveda. So let us look at some health benefits of this holy plant:
Health Benefits Of Tulsi (Holy Basil)
We all know that when down with cold, that piping hot ‘kadha’ (an Indian drink) made with tulsi, ginger, and pepper is such a relief. Also, nobody can challenge the effect of the leaves when its paste is applied to those stubborn pimples. Here are eight health benefits of tulsi you should know:
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- Immunity: Tulsi has been widely consumed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because it is known to boost the body’s immunity to fight against infections and diseases.
- Anti-Viral And Anti-Microbial Properties: This plant is also believed to have anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. No wonder, it is widely consumed when down with fever.
- Coughs And Cold: Now, this doesn’t even need a mention. If you live in an Indian household, you know that this plant is no less than an elixir when cold and cough are concerned.
- Diarrhea And Nausea: Basil is also known for providing relief from diarrhea and nausea. Hasn’t it found a place in your health regimen yet?
- Blood Sugar Level: Several studies suggest that tulsi helps in lowering blood sugar levels. However, it’s better than those with diabetes should first consult their doctor before trying it for the disease.
- Skin: Whenever you have one of those pimples, just apply a paste of tulsi leaves, you’ll surely be amazed by the results. It has anti-microbial properties and prominently finds a place in natural skincare products.
- Other Benefits: We just went through the skincare benefits of tulsi. But it’s worth noting that it also helps with itching and insect bites.
- Stress And Anxiety: The mere smell of tulsi leaves can feel therapeutic. Several studies suggest that it helps with stress and anxiety. So, hasn’t it found a place in your wellness regime yet?
How To Use Tulsi, Or Holy Basil?
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Just as it has numerous beneficial properties, there are numerous ways you can use it. Here are some of them:
- Eat It Raw: Just pluck 1-2 basil leaves from your garden, rinse it with water and chew it. It’s as simple.
- Drink: You can also have it in the form of a drink. Just add some tulsi leaves to boiling water. Add some pepper and turmeric (haldi) to it. And, there you have it. It might not taste good, but will work as a tonic for your immunity.
- Kadha: Who can forget our age old kadha, gallons of which (not really, metaphor people!!) we drank when the novel coronavirus seemed at our door. To make it, boil a cup of water, add a few tulsi leaves, ginger, pepper, and honey to it. However, don’t drink it excessively. Overdoing a good thing might not exaggerate the good results, but it can do the opposite.
- Teas: You add a few of its leaves in your chai as well.
- Green Tea: You can also find many tulsi green teas in the market. Pick whatever suits you.
So, we saw the phenomenal properties of tulsi, which have been used in our homes for generations. Knowing its benefits will help you make good decisions when you are down with any health issues.