Tulsi is one of the most sacred plants in India and is considered in Ayurveda as “The Queen of the Herbs” for its restorative and spiritual properties. We have dedicated this article on this herb. But before going as to why tulsi health benefits are amazing, let us dig up its basic details and some important points related to it.
What is Tulsi or Holi Basil?
The plant of Ocimum sanctum commonly well-known as “Tulsi”, belong to the Lamiaceae family. It is an upright, much split, scented and erected plant reaching a height of about 20-50 cm. Tulsi is a scented perennial plant in the Lamiaceae family. It is inherent to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant all over the Southeast Asian tropics.
Tulsi is known by not one, two or three but by more than four other names – all of them suggesting at its ‘wonder properties’. You may find Tulsi referred to as Holy Basil, as Mother Medicine of Nature, The Queen of Herbs or The Incomparable One.
TULSI’S three varieties
Tulsi is a member of the Lamiaceae family – the same one as everyday basil. Although they have their family tree in common that’s where the similarities end. There are said to be 108 ranges of TulsiHoly Basil. Each variety of Tulsi has a marginally different look, taste, and smell and when combined, create a perfectly well-adjusted herbal infusion with an array of health benefits. We use the 3 varieties with the most effective in adaptogenic quality, rich in antioxidants and immune stimulating.
• Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
• Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum)
• Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
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Tulsi Nutrition (Holy basil)
Tulsi is extremely nutritious. It has a good amount of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. It also has iron, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, A, and K.
Tulsi health benefits
Tulsi has been usually used for its capability to support a healthy response to stress, natural purification, enhancing immunity, growing stamina, endurance & energy as well as restoring balance & harmony in the body.
Tulsi is also known as “the elixir of life” since it stimulates longevity. Different parts of the plant are used in Ayurveda and Siddha systems of medicine for prevention and treatment of many illnesses and everyday ailments like common cold, headache, cough, influenza, earache, fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, chest cold, asthma, hepatic diseases, malarial fever, as an antidote for snake bite and scorpion sting, flatulence, migraine headaches, fatigue, skin diseases, wound, insomnia, inflammation of joint, digestive syndromes, night blindness and diarrhoea.
The leaves are good for nerves and to improve memory. Chewing of Tulsi leaves also remedies ulcers and infections of the mouth.
A few leaves plunged in drinking water or food substances can cleanse it and can kill germs in it.
Holy Basil is so good for improving up the immune system. It protects from almost all sorts of infections from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.
Recent studies show that it is also supportive in preventing the growth of HIV and carcinogenic cells.
Various plants are used as a latent source of anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. It has been found that ethanolic extract of Ocimum sanctum mediated a significant decrease in tumor cell size and an increase in the lifespan of mice having Sarcoma-180 solid tumors.
Ocimum has the capability to defend the DNA of the body from dangerous radiations.
Sanctum has been described to have very good anti-diabetic properties.
The leaf juice of Tulsi along with Triphala is used in ayurvedic eye drop preparations recommended for glaucoma, chronic conjunctivitis, and other painful eye diseases. In daily routine, one may use about three drops of Tulsi oil along with honey and it is supposed to recover eyesight.
CONCLUSION It is perceived from various studies that the Ocimum sanctum has a number of therapeutic and medicinal property and according to this it is effective in the treatment of a number of diseases. Future research on sacred basil should be stressed for the control of various diseases.