Thursday February 20, 2020

18 Must know facts About Tulsi “Basil” and It’s Health Benefits

Let's take a look at the super herb that can do it all, literally

0
//
tulsi, holy basil
Tulsi, wikimedia
  • Tulsi Leaves possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • It also works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
  • It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion

June 22, 2017: Tulsi: Also known as the holy basil or ocimum sanctum, tulsi is a common name in most Indian households and a very important part of it as well. There are many reasons why Tulsi is so popular in India “because of benefits of tulsi”. It is very easy to grow and it can be widely found in the Indian subcontinent. Not only is tulsi considered a revered, holy plant in Hinduism; it has also been mentioned in the ancient science of Ayurveda. There are two common varieties of tulsi widely available – the green hued Lakshmi tulsi and the purple coloured Krishna tulsi. Other than the Indian subcontinent, it can also be spotted in tropical regions of most of the Southeast Asian countries. There are many facts & benefits of tulsi leaves, we are going to talk about.

Tulsi is grown in many Hindu households, worshiped and offered to the gods. Don’t think this is just because of religious superstitions,  this inexpensive and meek inexpensive herb comes loaded with numerous benefits. Tulsi is medically proven to be extremely beneficial for humans.  Just a few leaves of tulsi, when used regularly, can help take care of a host of health and lifestyle related issues- from warding off some of the most common ailments, strengthening immunity to fighting bacterial & viral infections and even combating and treating various hair and skin disorders.

How and when to Grow

Tulsi plant need an atmosphere that offers rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. The sapling should be planted just a few centimetres below the soil with a light cover of dirt. It is better if the plant is allowed to grow indoors till it’s about 6-7 inch tall, after which the plant can be transferred outdoors. The best time for planting tulsi is right before monsoon, under intense heat.

How to Consume It & Get The Benefits of Tulsi

It can be consumed raw, plucked fresh from the plant or it can be added in your morning tea. You can always opt for the healthy tulsi kadha. Other than the conventional ways of consuming the humble, holy basil, you can experiment with tulsi in your cuisines . It guarantees an exquisite, earthy, aromatic flavour to the preparations.

ALSO READAyurveda can Help Evade Scorching Summer Heat: Here is How!

Home Remedies

It is one of the most commonly and widely used ingredients in many popular Indian home remedies. Tulsi can help heal, or to some extent facilitate, treating most diseases from regular fever to some of the deadliest and most fatal viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Simran Saini from New Delhi believes consuming a drink made by boiling tulsi leaves and adding about 2grams of black pepper to it, helps in building your immunity. It also acts as an antibacterial element and helps in recovery from dengue. Then there is the quintessential kadha – a mix of ginger, tulsi leaves, peppercorn (crushed) in boiling hot water – which is usually seen as a potion that can put most illnesses straight and has been used by Indian mothers for eternity. Don’t think these are all the holy herb has to offer, there is a bundle of other beneficial properties that tulsi comes with. Here’s a list of all benefits of tulsi/basil:

1. It possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
 

2. It works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.

3. Therefore it is good for skin – both when consumed and applied topically.

4. It has been proven to be effective in treating skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms.

 5.It helps in relieving from fever, sore throat, headache, flu, cold cough and chest congestion.
 

6. It can be made into teas or other drinks or can be consumed raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.

 7. It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion.
 

8. It comes loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A  and C.

Basil/Tulsi Is A Boon For Pregnant Lady

9. It is also beneficial in treating respiratory problems like chronic bronchitis, asthma and more.

10. It counters elevated blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for diabetics.

11. It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones.

12. Regular tulsi consumption can also help in balancing various bodily processes.

13. It is proven to be largely beneficial for dental hygiene and healthier gums.

14.  It can ward off the harmful effects of free radicals.

15. According to the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, tulsi is effective in maintaining normal levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

16. In treating conditions like hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu, tTulsi has remarkable benefits to offer.

17. Is an effective insect repellant and can also help in treating insect bite.

18. It is also known as adaptogen.

Isn’t it high time to make the humble holy basil a part of daily life now?

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

Next Story

Home Remedies to Control Hair fall

Hair loss can be a very problematic thing and that is why you need to follow these home remedies to prevent it

0
Hair fall
Follow these home remedies and tips to control you hair fall. Pixabay

By Kanan Parmar

Hair fall is indeed a very troublesome problem. It may cause worrying and might affect your self-esteem too! In other words hair fall can cause psychological distress. In the article you will find home remedies and beauty tips for hair.

There are various factors that lead to hair fall such as:

  1. Hormonal Imbalance
  2. Stress
  3. Aging
  4. Nutritional Deficiency
  5. PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
  6. Birth Control Pills
  7. Using hairstyling and heating products
  8. Genetics
  9. Insufficient exercising
Hair fall aloe vera
Aloe vera can prevent hair fall by soothing your scalp. Pixabay

To control this problem, follow these simple and effective home remedies:

Onion Juice:

Onions contain antibacterial properties that can help fight infection in the scalp. The sulfur in the onions can improve the circulation of blood which can help promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.

Extracting onion juice is quite simple. You simply need to grate an onion and then squeeze the grated onion into a container to extract its juice. You can add coconut oil to the juice for better results. After applying, leave it for around 30 minutes then shampoo your hair and rinse with normal water.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has soothing properties and it can help reduce the scalp inflammation and itchiness. It can boost hair growth.

To use it, extract aloe pulp and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 45 minutes and then wash it off with normal water.

Amla / Indian Gooseberry

Hair fall amla
Amla is rich in vitamic-C and that is why it can prevent hair fall. Pixabay

Vitamin-C deficiency can lead to hair fall and since amla is rich in vitamin-C, it can promote hair growth very easily. It not only strengthens the hair follicles but it also prevents premature greying of hair.

To extract amla juice, you need to follow the same procedure as you did to extract onion juice. You can add castor oil to amla juice for better hair growth. Leave it for an hour then wash it off with normal water.

Apart from following these home remedies, follow these lifestyle tips to prevent hair fall:

Also Read- Here’s How Stress Can Make Your Hair Go Gray

  1. Take a nutritional diet
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Get a sleep of at least 6 hours and at most 8 hours.
  4. Drink 2-3 liters of water everyday.
  5. Avoid washing your hair with warm water.
  6. Do not comb your hair when they are wet.
  7. Avoid using heating elements and hairstyling products.
  8. Avoid stress and lead a happy life.