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Tulsi (Holy Basil) and It's Benefits

Updated on December 25, 2011
Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil)
Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) | Source

The Power of Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Tulsi is a popular household name in Hindu Families and people in India. Tulsi also known as Basil has many species. In India, Shyama (Dark) and Gaura (light) Tulsi, are the two main species in India. The dark Tulsi is known to be carrying more medicinal values than the lighter one. Nonetheless, all the species of Tulsi are worshipped in India. In countries other than India, Tulsi is generally used for culinary purpose. Sweet Basil (an species of Tulsi) is used in most of the recipes of Italian Cuisine. Tulsi (Basil) Essential Oil is used for many home remedies and to gain primary health benefits.

In India, Tusli plant is planted in the courtyard of Hindu families and they believe that planting Tulsi will bring peace to the home and its residents. Tulsi is believed to be purifying the environment. Every part of this plant can be used for some or the other health issues preventing even cancer by increasing resistance of body against cancerous tissues, genes or chromosomes. People use Tulsi for seasoning uncooked food to avoid chances of food poisoning.

Tulsi Flower (Holy Basil Flower)
Tulsi Flower (Holy Basil Flower) | Source

Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Basil is a very common herb found in the household and any body could tell that it has health and culinary benefits. It is used in culinary worldwide in places like China, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Cambodia to name a few although it was found to be originally from India. They have different species with varying tastes and pungent sweet smell. The two most common are Dark (Shyama or Krishna) Basil and Light (Rama) Basil. More commonly known as “Tulsi” in Hindu religion, it is revered and worshipped by them. It is mostly due to the status Basil has given by their religious literature but also due to the medicinal qualities it possesses.

Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil Plant)
Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil Plant) | Source

Benefits of Tulsi (Holy Basil) can be understood in a better way by reading the following health benefits it give:

  • Anti oxidants in Tulsi prevents premature ageing and hence enhance longevity
  • Tulsi essential oil is used to increase mental health
  • Skin diseases like acne and psoriasis are very efficiently treated by Tulsi
  • Tulsi has a chemical element called flavanoids that prevents cells from radiation and damage
  • Arthritis could use Tulsi due to its anti-inflammatory effects and hence providing relief
  • Essential oils of Tulsi can also be used to treat conditions of anxiety, depression and stress
  • Tulsi helps to relax muscles and blood vessels and hence improving the flow of blood in the body as it contains Magnesium
  • Tulsi is very healthy for derma and this is the reason it provides good hair and skin moisturizer
  • Tulsi tea is very fondly used to treat constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion and flatulence
  • Cold, influenza, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections etc are effectively taken care by Tulsi
  • Tulsi is also known to be possessing anti-vomiting properties
  • Tulsi, in aromatherapy, has calming effect on mind and body
  • Tulsi, taken in the days of menstruation, provides relief from PMS (pre and post both)
  • To enhance the immunity in growing babies
  • To promote longevity due to anti oxidants preventing premature ageing and even cancer
  • To increase concentration and memory
  • Its anti bacterial properties help to prevent and cure skin diseases like acne and psoriasis very efficiently
  • Flavonoids of Basil prevents cells from radiation and oxygen based damage
  • People suffering from arthritis can use it due to its anti-inflammatory effects
  • Basil essential oils can be used for anxiety, depression and stress
  • Magnesium content of basil helps to relax muscles and blood vessels and hence improving the flow of blood in the body
  • As a hair and skin moisturizer basil essential oil does wonders
  • Constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion and flatulence can be treated by basil tea
  • It is effective in providing relief from cold, influenza, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections
  • Also, it is used as anti-vomiting
  • Basil is used in aromatherapy has calming effect
  • It also reduces the chances of food poisoning in uncooked food and enhances the taste of cooked food.
  • Basil is believed and found to be very useful for women in their problematic days of menstruation as it relieves cramps working as emmenagogue.

With these health benefits, Basil proves to be an essential addition to your kitchen garden. Basil means “king” and it is much of value when many benefits are associated with it. This plant of tropical region as Asia, has gained worldwide popularity due to its proven health benefits as hence also termed as “elixir”. So, have you made some space in your balcony or courtyard for this “Plant of Life” yet?

When are you going to plant Tulsi in your home?


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      Venugopal 5 years ago

      Thanks for Consolidating all the benefits of Holy Tulasi. The effort is great. God bless you.

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      manoj mahant 5 years ago

      A lot of thanks to you. I love and respect Tulsi jee.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I love Tulsi and use it daily for stress relief. Thanks for the hub.

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Very interesting I have never encountered the dark one I will explore to find it.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great Hub. Gives plenty of interesting and useful information.

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

      Shwetha, this is a wonderful hub on tulsi benefits. In winter I am used to having tulsi & ginger tea which prevents a lot of cold weather ailments.

      Voted up and useful.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      You did the right thing by publishing the benefits of Tulsi. I used to have krishna tulsi in my house which I sometimes used to add while boiling water. thanks for sharing. up and useful!