The Holy Basil Plant-the Health Benefits of Tulsi Leaves, Seeds, Juice and Oil
Tulsi or Holy Basil Plant
Latin Name: Ocimum Sanctum
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 terpineol having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action
- High levels of the phytonutrients betacarotene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin.
Health Benefits Of Tulsi
Basil benefits in the following health conditions:
- High Cholesterol and Obesity,
- Constipation, Acidity, Gas, Colitis,
- Prostate problems, Mental Retardation,
- Colds, Flu, Sinusitis and Recurring Fever,
- Asthma & Allergy,
- Headache, Migraine
- Broken bones
How To Make Tulsi Tea
In a cup add 1 tablespoon fresh tulsi leaves after tearing them.
Fill the cup with boiling water. Cover and let the leaves steep for 5 minutes.
Strain add 1 teaspoon of 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.
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 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.
Take 20 tulsi leaves, 5 whole black peppercorns. Chew both together after meals. It relieves indigestion.
To 12 grams tulsi juice add 6 grams honey. Mix this and drink. It stops hiccups.
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. It stops pain. If there is discharge from the ear, continue this for some days.
Add 5 drops tulsi juice and 1 teaspoon sugar in half a cup of water. Drink this to stop giddiness and prevent heatstroke.
After morning ablutions, take 5 leaves of tulsi and chew and swallow them with water. It increases 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.
Grind fresh tulsi leaves. Add water and consume. It relieves indigestion. Consumption of 5 tulsi leaves everyday helps in digesting food faster.
Dropping a few tulsi leaves in water purifies the water.
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.
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