Tulsi or holy Basil is a sacred plant in Hindu belief and today on Herbal Monday, let us know more about the holistic properties, use in Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicines, Tulsi tea, Tulsi mala, Tulsi seeds, Tulsi oil and so on…
Tulsi plant is regarded as the holiest of all plants. Traditionally, the daily worship and care of the plant is the responsibility of the women of the household. The plant is regarded as a women’s deity and a symbol of ideal wifehood and motherhood.
Tulsi is also known as Vaishnavi, Bishnu Vallabha or Haripriya.The Tulsi with green leaves is called Shri Tulsi (synonym of Lakshmi). The Tulsi with dark green or purple leaves and stem is called Shyama- Tulsi (synonym of Krishna).
Let’s start with the benefits of tulsi.
1. Fever –
The juice of Tulsi leaves are beneficial to cure fever.
2. Headache –
Make paste of Tulsi leaves and Sandalwood and apply on forehead. It gives instant relief.
3. Eye problem –
Few drops of black Tulsi juice in eyes is a wonder medicine according to ayurveda.
4. Reduces stress –
Eat twelve leaves of Tulsi on a daily basis, leaves work as an ‘adaptogen’ or anti stress agent.
5. Insect bites-
Paste of root can be applied on insect bites.
6. Aid in digestion –
Works as appetizer, promotes digestion by helping secretion of digestive enzymes.
7. Controlling diabetes –
Keep Tulsi leave powder in water over night and take it early morning. It maintains insulin levels in the body.
8. Stomach problems-
Severe stomach problem like acidity and constipation can be cured by Tulsi leaves.
9. Common cold –
Chewing Tulsi leaves in an empty stomach will help you get rid of cold.
10. Sore throat –
Boil few Tulsi leaves and use it for gargling, also helpful in asthama and bronchitis.
11. Dental problem –
Mix dried leaves of Tulsi powder and mustard oil. Make a paste, massage your teeth and gum, it will prevent bad breath and pyorrhea.
12. Aids to weight loss –
Tulsi taken with home made fresh curd helps in reducing excess weight.
13. Anti cancer-
Tulsi restricts the blood vessels that feed tumor.
14. Skin disorder –
Juice of Tulsi can also be used to cure problems like leucoderma.
15. Kidney stones –
Mixture of Tulsi leaves and honey will help to remove kidney stones.
16. Helpful in quitting smoking –
Chain smokers can try chewing Tulsi leaves to get rid of their addiction.
Tulsi oil is simple to make but its benefits are unlimited.
— Prevention of hair loss.
— Treats dandruff and dry scalp.
— Strengthens the hair.
— Treatment of grey hair.
— Rejuvenate hair follicles.
Take 1/2 cup of tulsi leaves and make a paste. Heat 1/2 cup coconut oil, add the paste in it, along with some fenugreek seeds. Cool it and apply. You will see the difference within few days.
Tulsi mala is worn by many people, and the logic they say behind it is, it keeps mind very calm and peaceful. It prevents mind from negetive effects due to its divine properties.
Tommorow we will carry on with Tulsi Tea, Tulsi seeds, Tulsi vivah and benefits for skin. Before I wind up today, tell me, have you ever wondered why tulsi leaves are traditionally put in the mouth of a dying person????
It is said to guide the departed soul towards heaven. But in truth, perhaps Tulsi’s anti bacterial properties were needed to prevent the body from decaying too early.
Give a thought to this interesting fact. Meanwhile, so long, take care…