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The Holy Basil Plant-The Health Benefits Of Tulsi Leaves, Seeds, Juice And Oil

Updated on December 15, 2015
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Tulsi


Latin Name: Ocimum Sanctum

The holy basil is called Tulsi in India.

Tulsi is looked upon as a sacred plant in India. The plant is venerated and worshipped daily in Hindu families, and grown, even today, in most of the hindu households. Temples have a tulsi plant in their premises.

Tulsi plant is a herb used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda. Since it is hot by nature, reduce its consumption in summer.


Nutrients In Tulsi or Holy Basil

100 grams of tulsi or holy basil leaves provide :

  • Just 23 calories and no cholesterol.
  • Very high amounts of Vitamin K (345%) and Vitamin A (175%) and lesser amounts of vitamins C (30%) and folates (17%)
  • High levels of the minerals manganese (57%), copper (43%), iron (40%) and lesser amounts of calcium (18%), magnesium (16%), zinc (7%) and potassium (6%).
  • Several polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin that have antioxidant like action.
  • Many essential oils like eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and turpineol having anti inflammatory and anti bacterial action
  • High levels of the phytonutrients betacarotene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin.

Tulsi or Holy Basil Plant

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Health Benefits Of Tulsi


Basil benefis in the following health conditions:


Tulsi Tea

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How To Make Tulsi Tea

In a cup add 1 tablespoon fresh tulsi leaves after tearing them with the hands.

Fill the cup with boiling water. Cover and let the leaves steep for 5 minutes.

Strain add 1 teaspoon honey and drink.

Specific Uses Of Tulsi For Health As Per Ayurveda

For Remaining Healthy

Grind 6 Tulsi leaves. Take this with 1 spoon honey once a day. It improves immunity against various diseases .

Leucoderma

Apply Tulsi oil 2-3 times a day on the affected areas.

Method to make Tulsi oil

Take a small whole tulsi plant along with the roots.Grind the whole plant coarsely and add 500 ml water and 500 ml of Sesame oil.Simmer this on low heat till the water evaporates and only oil remains.Strain out the tulsi. Tulsi oil is ready for use after cooling.

Cough & Bronchitis

Take 7 tulsi leaves coarsely cut. and add 5 coarsely ground cloves . Add 100 ml water to this and simmer on low heat till 50 ml water remains.Strain this in a cup add rock salt to taste. Drink this hot.

Indigestion

Take 20 tulsi leaves, 5 whole black peppercorns. Chew both together after meals.It relieves indigestion.

Hiccups

To 12 grams tulsi juice add 6 grams honey. Mix this and drink. It stops hiccups.

Nosebleed

Putting 4 drops of tulsi juice in the affected nostril stops bleeding.

Ear Pain & Difficulty in Hearing

Warm some tulsi juice. Put 4 drops in the affected ear.Stops pain. If there is discharge from the ear, continue this for some days.

Giddiness/Sunstroke

Add 5 drops tulsi juice and 1 teaspoon sugar in half a cup of water. Drink this to stop giddiness and prevent heatstroke.

Strength Improver

After morning ablutions, take 5 leaves of tulsi and chew and swallow them with water.It increase strength and memory.

Tulsi juice 8 drops mixed with water and drunk daily improves muscle strength and makes bones strong.

Boil seeds of tulsi in milk. Add sugar and drink. This increases strength.

Digestive System

Grind fresh tulsi leaves.Add water and consume. It relieves indigestion. Consumption of 5 tulsi leaves everyday helps in digesting food faster.

Water Purification

Dropping a few tulsi leaves in water purifies the water.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

Medicinal Herb Holy Basil - Tulsi

Benefits Of Tulsi

How to Make Basil Tea Using Fresh OR Dried Basil

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thelyricwriter, the benefits of tulsi are truly amazing and the best way is to grow the Holy basil plant yourself. It doesn't require a lot of space. You can grow it in a pot too. Thanks for the visit and sharing.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Rajan, great article my friend. I'd like to get my hands on some of this. The benefits are amazing, I never knew it was so healthy for you. Great share, voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Jennifer, tulsi has a lot of benefits. I'd love to write a hub on the different varieties of tulsi but time is a big constraint. Maybe, one of these days! Thanks for stopping by.

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      jennifer west 

      5 years ago

      I would love to see you write another article on Tulsi, the various kinds such as Vana, Rama and Krishna and what the differences are. Maybe you already have and I just haven't seen it yet.I have these three specific kinds that I buy organic, imported from India. Just smelling the herbs make me feel well. I infuse them in oil and use them in lotion also. I also drink the tea to support my adrenal gland. I find that it really helps with anxiety and mental clarity.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Radhika - Thanks for reading and I appreciate the votes and sharing.

      @ Vasmenon - tulsi is a wonderful antibacterial. Glad you are motivated to use it now. Thanks for reading.

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      vasmenon 

      5 years ago from India

      Excellent compilation indeed of the benefits of Tulsi. We grow Tulsi at home, and use in many of the home remedies mentioned here. I remember my grandmother, used to chew 3 leaves of tulsi everyday, for most of her 92 years. She never had a history of any of the modern life style diseases. This hub has reminded me to start that habit now!!!

      We used to put a few leaves of tulsi in the water we boil to drink, since it is useful to increase immunity!!

      Great hub Rajan!!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Holy Tulsi is Lord Krishna's favorite too. That's why it's such a powerful all rounder.

      Up, useful, beautiful and interesting. Sharing too.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks moonlake. I appreciate you sparing time to visit and read.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      We have grown basil in our garden and use it in our recipes. Great information. Voted up and shared.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thant's good to hear Devika. We makes basil tea in winter. It is good to prevent/treat colds and coughs.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Extraordinary information about such a wonder herb, we have basil in the summer and dried basil for tea, that is new to me.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Peggy,

      We dry basil for use in winter, when fresh leaves are not available. Dried basil can also be used in making tea which can be drunk for hypoglycemia, stress relief, as an internal cleansing agent to remove toxins etc.

      Its always a pleasure to see you at these health hubs. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I grow basil every year in our garden. While most of it is now gone until the Spring, I have preserved and frozen much of it in pesto for use during the winter months. Interesting reading about the health benefits as per usual with your hubs. Up votes and sharing.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      No, though tulsi is cooling in nature there is no reference to its benefits in burning in urethra, Vinod. Shilajit can benefits in such cases.

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      Vinod gupta 

      5 years ago

      Whether tulsi seeds are good for treatment in burning in urethra

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mekenzie, Glad you liked the information. Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      rajan, I'm so happy to have another natural remedy to try when something ails me. :) I've always believed that God created a cure for every menacing ailment through nature .. it's up to us to discover it.

      Great Hub! Thank you,

      Mekenzie

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      heavenbound, thanks for taking time out time to read the hub and for your appreciative comments. Thanks also for voting it up and I'm glad you found it useful and interesting.

      Comments by readers who read the hub and leave a feedback is a shot in the arm and an incentive to do better.

      Thank you once again and I really appreciate your input.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      heavenbound, thanks for taking time out time to read the hub and for your appreciative comments. Thanks also for voting it up and I'm glad you found it useful and interesting.

      Comments by readers who read the hub and leave a feedback is a shot in the arm and an incentive to do better.

      Thank you once again and I really appreciate your input.

    • heavenbound5511 profile image

      heavenbound5511 

      6 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Hi Rajan,

      Very interesting page- God made all kinds of herbs for us to be able to heal with and stay healthy!

      Wow basil purifies water!

      Voted up and interesting&useful!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I am glad my hub has been informative to you. thanks

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      All I knew about the holy basil until now is that the scent is refreshing and it makes a good tea. Thanks for introducing me to the power of this herb. Voted USEFUL.

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      Ruchira 

      7 years ago from United States

      I am a big fan of Tulsi but unfortunately, we get the hybrid version in the US. It sure has so many benefits. Thank you for the above.

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