Tulsi, or Ocimum sanctum,is a plant with miraculous medicinal properties. It has been worshipped in India for thousands of years for this very purpose. It has a common use in the Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda as it is known to cure diseases ranging from common cold to heart and lung diseases. It also has antibacterial, disinfectant and germicidal properties. It has a host of other benefits which include boosting immunity, fighting allergens and keeping the skin healthy. Read on to find out more about the benefits of this wonder plant.
1- It acts as a good detoxifying and cleansing agent, when used both topically and ingested. Hence it is good for maintaining a healthy, glowing skin. It is also effective in curing rash, itchiness and ringworms on the skin which are a common occurrence in the harsh summer months in India.
2- A few leaves of Tulsi boiled with a little pepper and taken in the morning will help you say goodbye to weak immunity. It is also antibacterial, aids digestion and helps in recovery from dengue. This drink also contains nutrients such as Vitamin A and C, which help in proper functioning and maintenance of the body tissues.
3- Tulsi, when mixed with other herbs like neem, giloy or turmeric and applied topically helps cure skin problems such as pimples and acne. Apart from curing them, it also prevents recurrence of these problems. Tulsi has a wide use in cosmetic products and toiletries for its detoxifying and purifying properties.
4- It works wonders when it comes to curing all sorts of diseases ranging from fever, headache, sore throat, cough, chest congestion to asthma and bronchitis. The essential oils, especially linoleic acid, are very beneficial when it comes to respiratory problems, as these oils act straight on the respiratory tract to cure infections. It regulates uric acid levels, hence preventing kidney stones.
5- Tulsi consumption keeps blood sugar levels in check, therefore providing a preventive measure against diabetes. Studies have shown it helps maintains a normal level of the stress hormone cortisol, hence acting as a stress buster when the levels get too high. Regular use of tulsi also balances various body processes.
Tulsi is indeed a wondrous plant with an untold number of benefits, and keeping a pot of this herb also spreads good vibes in the house. So go ahead, get a Tulsi plant for your balcony and start on a journey towards a healthy and balanced body.