Tulsi or Holy basil is a common herb in the Lamiaceae family. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and is widely grown in Southeast Asia. Tulsi is highly effective in defending our body from various heart, liver, skin, kidney, etc. infections and diseases Tulsi is rightly referred to as the ‘Queen of Herbs.’
In Ayurveda, Tulsi has a special place, as well as India’s Hindus home. It is considered sacred by and worshiped by Hindus. In India, three main types of Tulsi grow:
- Ram Tulsi
- Krishna Tulsi
- Vana Tulsi.
Nutritional Value of Tulsi
Tulsi is known to be rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. It also has plenty of protein and fiber.
Benefits of Tulsi
Helps prevent infections: Tulsi has effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (or painkiller) properties, meaning intake can help avoid infections and even heal wounds more quickly. So Tulsi is one of the best immune boosters that you can lay your hands on.
Reduces Pain & Fever: Tulsi has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help prevent diseases and therefore reduce fever. Tulsi’s fresh juice obtained in black pepper powder cures occasional fevers. Tulsi leaves, boiled in half a liter of water with powdered cardamom(elaichi) and blended with sugar and milk, are also helpful in reducing temperature.
Eugenol, a reagent present in Tulsi that has pain-relieving effects, reduces body aches.
Helps to lower cholesterol: Tulsi includes metabolic distress, it can lower levels of LDL cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL cholesterol. This metabolic action can be related to eugenol, the oil found in tulsi, and it can also improve the flow of blood in the body, while also enhancing heart health.
Digestion improves: Tulsi is good for the digestive system. It can not only ease acidity but also avoid ulcers, indigestion, and other digestive problems. Tulsi tea, blended with a splash of honey and ginger, can also relieve heartburn symptoms.
Properties against cancer: Phytochemicals found in Tulsi have good antioxidant properties. Therefore, they help protect us against skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers.
Great for Diabetes Patients: Tulsi leaf extract seems to decrease blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Effective in Stones of the Kidney & Gouty Arthritis: Tulsi detoxifies the body and has anti-diabetic effects. It decreases the level of uric acid in the body, which is the main reason for the formation of kidney stones. Reduction in uric acid levels also benefit patients with Gout.
Great for Hair & Skin: Tulsi helps remove blemishes and acne from the skin. This is high in antioxidants, and this helps avoid early aging. Tulsi also strengthens our hair roots, thus avoiding hair loss. Tulsi antifungal and antibacterial properties prevent the formation of fungus and dandruff.