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Holy basil (Tulsi ,Ocimum tenuiflorum) is a sacred plant in Hindu belief.It is cultivated in Southern Asia, in places like Thailand, India and other Hindu influenced countries. The tulsi plant was discovered over 5000 years ago. Tulsi plant worshipped in mornings and evenings by the people. Because of the significant benefits of tulsi, it is now widely known not only in India but also in the Western World. Several studies and various amounts of research have been done to find out the therapeutic effects of this super herb.
Health Benefits of Holy basil
The health benefits of Holy basil are due to the active ingredient, Eugenol present in the leaves. It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties..
Respiratory benefits- Holy basil does wonders in several respiratory illnesses ranging from things as simple as mild colds and coughs to bronchitis and asthma. Holy basil has immunomodulatory (helps to enhance the immune system), antitussive (suppression of cough) and expectorant (helps in expelling out the phlegm) properties that provide relief in colds, coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Holy basil contains essential oils such as camphene, eugenol and cineole that help in relieving congestion.
Cardiovascular benefits- Holy basil extract found in the herbal tea is abundant in magnesium, which is a vital nutrient required for the prevention of heart disease. The magnesium in holy basil helps our blood vessels work properly. It prevents deposition of cholesterol and promotes free flow of blood, and also reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. Other antioxidants found in this herb protect the heart from free radical damage. Regular intake of holy basil tea has been known to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
Reduce Fevers - Due to its anti-micorbial properties, Holy basil tea can be used in treating mild fever conditions, and helps speed up recovery from major infectious fevers like dengue and malaria. As we all know that fever itself is not a disease, and is the result of any infection caused by bacteria, fungus and protozoa, treating the infection will quickly bring down the fever. That is why this wonder herb can be used in treating a variety of fever-like conditions.
Beat stress- According to studies, Holy basil helps in maintaining the normal levels of cortisol hormone in the body, which is also known as the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol make you feel stressed out and anxious. Therefore, by lowering cortisol levels, Holy basil acts a natural anti-stress herb. Moreover, being an adaptogenic herb, tulsi contains anti-stress agents that help in soothing the nerves, fighting free radicals and regulating blood flow in the body.
Dental and oral health- This aromatic herb has excellent benefits in promoting dental and oral health. As it contains antimicrobial properties, the compounds in holy basil tea help fight germs and bacteria in the oral cavity. It also prevents bad breath and acts as a mouth freshner. It is also found to be useful in other dental and oral conditions such as pyorrhea, mouth ulcers and oral cancer.
Skin and hair benefits- Loaded with anti-oxidants and other nutrients,also beneficial for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. With age, our body’s ability to fight free radicals decreases, and as a result, we start noticing various age related signs on our skin. However, the antioxidants or polyphenols present in herbal tea help in fighting these radicals and delaying the signs of aging. So, just one cup of holy basil tea can help you stay young and beautiful for years to come. Apart from that, it also helps in reducing itchiness of the scalp and helps to reduce hairfall.
Get Rid of Headaches- Headache is one of the most common symtpoms of Americans. Whether it is due to improper sleep, stress or a long hectic schedule, pain in the head can be frustrating. It affects more than your physical stamina but also makes you feel mentally exhausted. Holy basil tea can be beneficial in treating headaches. This aromatic perennial shrub helps in relieving migraine and other stress related headaches. Sip a cup of tulsi tea, and rejuvenate your senses.
Dissolve kidney stones- The holy basil plant is a great diuretic and detoxifier, which is great for the kidneys. Uric acid is the major component of kidney stones. Uric is the by product of various metabolic processes. Excess uric acid is excreted from the body by the kidneys. It helps in reducing the uric acid levels in the body by improving the functioning of kidney cells. Holi basil tea contains essential oils that help in breaking down kidney stones. These essential oils also help to dull down the pain of kidney stones.
Nervous system- Holy basil has been discovered a very good remedy for epilepsy and other nervous system disorders. It helps in calming the nervous and improving the motor-sensory coordination. According to a study done in Punjab University in India, Holy basil has the same effect on convulsions and seizures as that of phenytoin (anti-epileptic medicine).
In a nutshell, Holy basil provides you potential health benefits that are helpful in promoting physical as well as mental well-being. It helps the mind and body adapt, and effectively cope with infectious diseases, emotional stresses and mental problems.
Tulsi tea is made from the leaves and blossoms of the revered tulsi or holy basil plant. It is brewed in the same way you would prepare a cup of black, white, green or oolong tea.
Step 1: Holy Basil (tulsi) Tea
12 holy basil leaves
1 cup water
honey or sugar to taste.
1. Take fresh tulsi leaves and wash them well to remove all the dirt.
2. Boil water in a pan. Once it comes to a boil, add the fresh tulsi leaves and switch off. Close with a lid and let it steep for a few minutes, strain and sweeten if desired.
3.The tea made with fresh leaves is light green in color with a mild smell of fresh tulsi leaves.
Step 2: Eat 5-6 Leaves of Holy Basil
- Eat 5-6 leaves of Holy basil It can help in bad breath ( oral problems) and Help in improving memory.
Step 3: Get Rid of Mosquitoes Using Holy Basil Plant
Did you know that you can use Holy plant as a mosquito repellant? Yes that’s true. Researchers have found that That Holy Basil plants can kill the larva of mosquitoes and it can help you keep mosquitoes away.
Holy basil is extremely effective in killing the mosquito larvae and keeping them away. This plant has medicinal properties which does not allow mosquitos to enter your home. So plant a Holy basil in your home and keep it on your windows.