Tulsi Has Several Amazing Health Benefits
“The Queen of Herbs” Tulsi, also known as Holi Basil, is an aromatic shrub known for its healing properties and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and grows widely throughout Southeast Asia.
Tulsi is always considered therapeutic and is enriched with thousands of curative properties, making it suitable for Ayurveda and other medicinal uses.
~Tulsi as a sacred plant
Have you ever seen your parents watering and worshiping the tulsi plant in your house? Used as a medicinal plant nowadays, Holi Basil is also considered a sacred plant and holds a crucial role in the Hindu religion.
Tulsi is considered not just a plant but a goddess in Hinduism. Hindus believe that Tulsi is another Avatar or incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and should be worshipped daily.
At ancient times it was planted at the center of the house in the courtyard but nowadays
People often plant Holy basil in the front of their homes or as an indoor plant.
It is often believed that worshipping Tulsi is another path to connect yourself with Lord Vishnu, bringing peace and serenity to one’s life.
Types of Tulsi
There are three different types of holy basil, and three of them have their unique properties and are used for different purposes.
1. Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Rama Tulsi is also known as green holy basil and has light green colored leaves and purple flowers. It is mainly cultivated for regional and medicinal uses. This tulsi is sweet and aromatic in nature It is used to cure throat infections, colds, flu, and other respiratory diseases. Rama Tulsi is also an insect repellent and can be used to place in between stored grains.
2.Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Krishna tulsi is also known as purple-leaf tulsi. It is known as ‘Shyama Tulsi.’ Shyama is one of the names of Lord Krishna, and as Krishna tulsi is purple and resembles the color of Krishna, it was named Shyama Tulsi. It tastes like pepper and is crispy in texture. This variant of tulsi has been proved effective in treating skin infection, respiratory problems, and earaches. The oil extracted from Krishna tulsi can so be used as ear drops.
3.Vana Tulsi: (Ocimum gratis sum)
Usually found in the mountains, Vana tulsi is mainly known for increasing immunity and boosting endurance. It helps in increasing mental and physical endurance. It has an intense lemony aroma and is enriched with anti-aging properties.
Benefits of tulsi
1.Reduces respiratory disorders like the common cold and cough
Have you ever felt a little cold or cough, and the first thing your mother did was make you a hot cup of tulsi tea?
Tulsi is a natural medicine, and it acts as an innate immunity booster for our body, thus reducing cold and cough. Moreover, the anti-Camphene, cineole, and eugenol in Tulsi help reduce cold and congestion in the chest.
2.Tulsi as an eye protector.
Tulsi can help your eyes by calming them with its relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and protecting them from pollution present in the environment.
3.Acts as a Cure for Bad Breath
Are you tired of people continuously nagging you about your bad breath even tho you brush regularly and maintain all the oral hygiene? Badmouth odor is often caused by the germs and bacteria present in your mouth, and sometimes it gets tough to get rid of them.
4.Is a rich source of vitamins and minerals
Various types of vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and K are found in Tulsi. It is also rich in minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Moreover, tulsi also has an abundant amount of fiber, calcium, and protein.
5.Lessens fever and headaches
Just a single cup of tulsi green tea helps in building antibiotics in your body and reduces fever. Tulsi tea has also proven effective against migraines and headaches.
6.Promising for skin and hair
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties present in tulsi help your skin be acne-free and in skin glow. The anti-fungal properties also help in keeping your hair dandruff and fungal-free.
7.Protects from Type 2 diabetes
Tulsi leaves are said to have hypoglycaemic properties, which means they help in lowering the blood glucose level and thereby decreasing the chance of type 2 diabetes.
8.Helps is in getting rid of kidney stones
Do you know that One of the main reasons behind kidney stones is the presence of excess uric acid in your body?
Tulsi helps in reducing the level of uric acid in your body, thereby helping you in getting rid of kidney stones
9.Has Anti-aging properties
This is one of the most known benefits of Holy basil. The numerous antioxidants present in holy basil not only help in removing acne or skin glow but also rejuvenate your skin and make you look even younger than you already are. These are all the benefits we have summarised from the tremendous amounts of privileges holy basil provides. Now you all must be well aware that adding just a few leaves of Holy basil to your daily can act as a miracle to your whole body, mind, and spirit. The main question is how you can add it to your day-to-day life?
Of course, you can’t some leaves from the plant and eat them in the raw form! We, the team of yellow hills, have come up with a solution here to solve this problem of yours.
You only have to replace your regular cup of tea with our special tulsi green tea. Our tulsi green tea comes with all the nutritional values that consuming tulsi will provide and is 100 times healthier and beneficial than your regular cup of tea. Furthermore, it comes in different variants and can be enjoyed as hot on a chilly winter day or cold on a sunny and bright day. We hope that after reading this, you all are ready to try our different range of tulsi tea and prepared to change your life!
By Smriti Nautiyal