Tulsi, also known as basil is an ancient herb known for its phenomenal medicinal properties. It is replete with antibacterial and antifungal properties which help in purifying the blood. The miraculous and medicinal benefits of tulsi include relief from cold and cough, oral care, fever, etc.
Some interesting uses of Tulsi or Basil leaves
It aids weight loss by activating the metabolic rate when complemented by the right diet and physical activity. It also increases sensitivity to insulin which stabilizes blood sugar. The immuno-regulatory properties of tulsi or basil leaves decrease the BMR by increasing the metabolic rate, which aids weight loss.
Basil leaves contain a rich antioxidant that equalizes the ill effects of oxidative stress. The essential oils help increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the blood sugar levels and regulate diabetes.
It’s antibacterial and antibiotic properties have 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 phytonutrients present in it which destroys all the pathogens.
Cold and cough
The immuno-modulatory and expectorant properties of basil leaves help de-congest 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 the best home remedy for cold, cough, asthma, bronchitis, and influenza.
Tulsi leafs taken on an empty stomach are known to treat stones in the kidney.
Believed to treat cancer
Tulsi contains vitamin C and antioxidants which protects the heart from harmful free radicals. It removes free radicals from the body, so it is also believed to contain therapeutic properties to heal cancer.
Eating raw tulsi leaves acts as a stress buster. These leaves have powerful adaptogen properties known as anti-stress agents, which keep the stress hormones at a normal level. Its antioxidant properties soothe the nerves and keep the free radicals which produces stress at bay. People who are prone to stress can chew raw tulsi leaves every day.
Basil leaves are a natural mouth freshener, counteracts bad breath, pyorrhea, and cavities. Its astringent properties destroy the bacteria causing cavities, plaque, and tartar.
Its decongestant and pain relief properties cure headaches caused due to cold, sinusitis, or even migraine. Boil its 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 are packed with rich antioxidants properties which keeps the skin and hair supple and glowing. The phyto chemicals present in tulsi leaves protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, thus stalling the aging process.
Healthy and supple skin and hair
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of tulsi purify the blood and prevent 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:
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 its anti-carcinogenic properties. It also treats gastroenteritis. The camphene in tulsi lowers the blood pressure and soothes nerves. Try a few leaves in any ailment and discover its enormous healing properties. Even a healthy person can chew its leaves every day to remain healthy.
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