Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil

Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil


Tulsi, also known as basil is an ancient herb known for its phenomenal medicinal properties. It is a replete with antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps in purifying the blood. The miraculous and medicinal benefits of tulsi includes, relief from cold and cough, oral care, fever etc.

Some interesting uses of Tulsi or Basil leaves

Weight Loss: Tulsi aids weight loss by activating the metabolic rate when complemented by right diet and physical activity. IT also increases sensitivity to insulin which stabilizes blood sugar. The immuno-regulatory properties of tulsi or basil leaves increases the BMR or metabolic rate which aids weight loss.

Diabetes: Basil leaves contains rich antioxidant that equalizes the ill effects of oxidative stress. The essential oils helps increases insulin sensitivity and reduces the blood sugar level and regulates diabetes.

Fever: The antibacterial and antibiotic properties of tulsi leaves has the potential to treat fever caused by common infection. A decoction of tulsi leaves boiled with cardamom is used to treat fever. The enormous healing properties of Basil comes from the phytonutrient present in it which destroys all the pythogens.

Cold and cough: The immunomodulatory and expectorant properties of basil leaves helps decongest the chest of cough and cold and also treats bronchitis. It strengthens the immune system.

Boil the tulsi leaves in water and mix honey and ginger in it. It is a best home remedy for cold, cough, asthma, bronchitis, and influenza.

Kidney stones: Tulsi leaves taken in an empty stomach treats stones in kidney.

Cholesterol: Tulsi contains vitamin C and antioxidants which protects the heart from harmful free radicals. Tulsi removes free radicals from the body, so it is also believed to contain therapeutic properties to heal cancer.

Stress Buster: Eating raw tulsi leaf acts as a stress buster. Tulsi leaves has powerful adaptogen properties known as anti-stress agents which keeps the stress hormone at normal level. Its antioxidant properties soothes the nerves and keeps the free radicals at bay, which produces stress. People who are prone to stress can chew raw tulsi leaves everyday.

Dental problems: Tulsi or basil leaves is a natural mouth freshener, counteracts bad breath, pyorrhea and cavities. Its astringent properties destroys the bacteria causing cavities, plaque and tartar.

Headache: The decongestant properties and pain relief properties of tulsi cures headaches caused due to cold, sinusitis, or even migraine. Boil some tulsi leaves in water for 5-10 minutes. Dip a towel in that water, squeeze it and put it on your forehead to relieve headache.

Beauty and skin: The basil leaves is packed with rich antioxidants properties which keeps the skin and hair supple and glowing. The phytochemicals present in tulsi leaves protects the body from damage caused by free radicals, thus stalling the age process.

Healthy and supple skin and hair: The antibacterial and antifungal properties of tulsi purifies the blood and prevents acne and blemishes, giving a healthy glow to the skin. Eating raw tulsi leaves or applying it with coconut oil helps check hair fall. Eating raw tulsi leaves or adding its paste to face pack or mixing it with coconut oil for hair massage prevents hair fall and rejuvenates skin.

Some easy recipe of tulsi leaves

Tulsi Tea: Add 12-15 basil leaves in four cups of water, add some chopped ginger and cardamom boil it for 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a dash of lemon juice and honey.

Basil Salad: Add some shredded tulsi leaves with a bowl of chopped cucumber, tomatoes, shredded cheese, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Tulsi in any form acts as a natural disinfectant, if consumed regularly acts as a natural vaccine against pox. It is most effective during cough and cold due to it anticarcinogenic properties. It also treats gastroenteritis. The camphene in tulsi lowers the blood pressure and soothes nerves. Try its few leaves in any ailment and discover is enormous healing properties. Even healthy person can chew few tulsi leaves everyday to remain healthy.

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  1. Dilip says:

    Very nice benefits of Tulsi. Thanks for posting this article.

  2. Sushree says:

    Very interesting and useful information about Tulsi

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