Also known as basil, Tulsi has been cultivated and has been used for over thousands of years as preventive medicine all over the world and for a number of ailments.
In fact, it is known that this amazing plant has so many great properties that it is also worshipped in many cultures and that’s why it is also known as Holy Basil.
It comes from the Lamiaceae family and has a host of aromatic properties, therefore is used as a culinary herb along with a host of others such as mint, rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender, marjoram, hyssop and oregano. It is known to be native to India and had been cultivated here for both religious as well as medicinal purposes for over years. There are predominantly two types of the plan found naturally, one with green leaves and the other with purple leaves.
In Ayurveda, Tulsi has played a very important role with its many healing properties. It is known to be a stress reliever and also promotes longevity.
Tulsi extracts are often prescribed for a host of different ailments and can be consumed in a number of forms for maximum benefits. They can be used as fresh leaves, they can be dried and used as a powder, used as herbal tea, or also mixed with ghee. In fact, extracts of these leaves are used in various skin care products as well.
In case you are wondering, which ailments tulsi can be used to treat, they are listed below:
Tulsi can help relieve congestion and helps make breathing easier. It contains a host of phytonutirients, essential oils and minerals that help cure some of the underlying causes of the disease.
A decoction of tulsi leaves, fresh ginger and honey can help you find relief from asthma, bronchitis, cough and cold.
Vitamin C and antioxidants found in tulsi help minimize the damage that free radicals cause in the body. They help soothe the nerves, lower blood pressure and also help reduce inflammation, thus reducing levels of stress. Chewing 10 – 12 leaves of Tulsi can help you achieve this.
Tulsi serves as an excellent oral disinfectant and mouth freshener as it is known to destroy all the harmful germs and bacteria that tend to build up in ones mouth. It is also known to provide an effective cure for ulcers and inhibits the growth of oral cancer, which could have been caused by chewing tobacco.
Boil 1 tsp of tulsi leaves and half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon in one cup of water and use it as a mouthwash.
Camphene found in tulsi is known to have a cooling and soothing effect on ones skin. Taking a bath every day with a decoction of tulsi mixed with the water you bathe in and washing your face with it too can help improve the condition of your skin greatly. Apply the tulsi paste to the affected area on your skin for best results. Consuming these leaves too can have good results on your skin. Apply the leaves externally on your skin to remove the excess oil for good results.
Headaches that have been caused by sinus pressure, migraines, cough, high blodd pressure or cold can be cured using tulsi. The camphene, cineol, carvacrol and methyl chavicol content of tulsi are known to have anticongestive, sedatve, disinfectant and analgesic properties that help keep discomfort under control. For best results a paste of sandalwood and tulsi should be applied to your forehead before you fall asleep.
Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can use tulsi to the best of its abilities to get better and stay healthy.