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. The Tulsi health benefits are incredible, but the biggest question is whether today’s medical fraternity supports its benefits or not?
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. There are a lot of beliefs in Hinduism for Tulsi leaves which I will get later in this article. But the thing that has inspired me to write this article is its amazing health benefits.
My article will help you clear this doubt, I have mentioned all the health benefits of Tulsi which are scientifically proven.
Top 10 Tulsi health benefits ( Proven Benefits of Holy Basil)
#1. 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.
#2. 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 snakebite and scorpion sting, flatulence, migraine headaches, fatigue, skin diseases, wound, insomnia, inflammation of joint, digestive syndromes, night blindness, and diarrhea.
#3. 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.
#4. The leaves are good for nerves and to improve memory. Chewing of Tulsi leaves also remedies ulcers and infections of the mouth.
#5. A few leaves plunged in drinking water or food substances can cleanse it and can kill germs in it.
#6. 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.
#7. Recent studies show that it is also supportive in preventing the growth of HIV and carcinogenic cells.
#8. Various plants are used as a latent source of anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. It has been found that the 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.
#9. Ocimum has the capability to defend the DNA of the body from dangerous radiations.
#10. Tulsi is also known as “the elixir of life” since it stimulates longevity.
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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, creates 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)
Nutrition Facts of Tulsi (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.
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.